ASEE is thrilled to announce the launch of Cohort II of the Capacity Building for Research at Minority-Serving Institutions: Infrastructure Research Readiness (CyBR-MSI: IRR). This program seeks to increase the capacity of researchers from Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to produce competitive proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF), with particular focus on Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) core programs.

Click here to apply for Cohort II!

Applications are due November 15, 2023.

To be eligible* to participate, applicants must:  

  1. Be full-time faculty, research administrator, or staff at a Minority-Serving Institution
  2. Be on a team comprised of two (2) to no greater than five (5) members, all from the same institution
  3. Be on a team that is comprised of a combination of (a) faculty, (b) research administrators, and/or (c) staff.

*Preference will be given to team with full representation of these categories.

CyBR-MSI:IRR can support up to 12 teams. Each team will receive a stipend of $3,000 for full participation. 

The purpose of the CyBR-MSI: IRR program is threefold: (1) to help participants assess their campuses’ research infrastructure and prioritize improvements; (2) to form a community of practice among researchers and research infrastructure administrators from MSIs focused on capacity building of research infrastructure; and (3) to co-create, with campus leadership, an action plan for research ready infrastructure for strong grant proposals for NSF CISE core programs.

The CyBR-MSI: IRR program comprises:

  1. Request for Proposals (RFP), that provides up to 12 research teams, composed of faculty, research administrators, and staff, with stipends to participate Cohort II of the CyBR-MSI: IRR program.
  2. Research Infrastructure Assessment Tool (RIAT) that provides the framework for research teams to assess their campus’ research readiness.
  3. Community of Practice (CoP) that provides research teams with guided inquiry, reflective activities, and peer mentoring to inventory and assess their campus research infrastructure while team building and expanding their understanding of infrastructure research readiness.
  4. Mentoring Program (MP) that provides research teams with experienced coaching to support their progress throughout the program.
  5. Culminating Action Planning Meeting (CAP) where campus department heads, deans, provosts, and presidents collaborate with their research teams to develop an action plan for positive change.

October 4, 2023: Application Opens

November 15, 2023: Applications Due

November 22, 2023: Notifications Sent


January 19, 2024 – 1:00 – 5:00 PM, ET

February 16, 2024 1:00 – 5:00 PM, ET

March 15, 2024 1:00 – 5:00 PM, ET

April 19, 2024 1:00 – 5:00 PM, ET

May 17, 2024 1:00 – 5:00 PM, ET


June 21, 2024  1:00 – 5:00 PM, ET