NEW RF Personnel OnBoard System!

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Research Foundation has activated its new OnBoard Personnel System. The system will electronically take over nearly all your hire/rehire packet needs. The RF has also created a training video available on the RF website (  Instructions for using the training video are available here:RF Personnel Onboard Training Video Instructions.pdf.  
The Research Foundation will continue to provide virtual training of the RF OnBoard system as scheduled.
If you have any questions, please call your campus personnel coordinator at 212-417-8600, and select option #3, or email
I-9 Verification Process during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, USCIS has temporarily relaxed the Form I-9 requirements, allowing for remote hiring of employees. Please refer to the instructions below:
The I-9 authorized representative (from Queens College) will send the new hire an invitation by email to complete Section 1 of the I-9 via EMPTRUST. Please contact regarding this step.
The I-9 authorized representative will review the documentation via video conference with the new hire and complete Section 2 of the I-9. Copies of the documents will be sent to the authorized representative via the RF Digital Mailbox  (click here for instructions) rfcuny-digital-mailbox-user-guide (002).pdf and uploaded to the I-9 system. 
Please contact if you have any questions.
Welcome, Dr. Yongwu Rong!

ORSP welcomes the new associate provost for Research and International Programs, Dr. Youngwu Rong. He provides us with insights and support for promoting research and other funding opportunities for Queens College faculty. Check out the CUNY Research Updates docs page. Dr. Rong will be launching a new website, as well. Be on the lookout for it! 

NEW NSF Proposal Guide and New Biosketch Requirements!

NSF will issue a new PAPPG in January 2020; a new biosketch format will be required for all submissions after January 1, 2020. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated the National Institutes of Health’s SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) as an approved format for submission of biographical sketch(es) and encourages its use for preparation of a biographical sketch for inclusion in proposals to NSF. 

In accordance with the current Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), a biographical sketch (limited to two pages) is required for each individual identified as senior personnel on a proposal, and a separate biographical sketch PDF file, or other NSF-approved format, must be uploaded in FastLane for each designated individual (see PAPPG Chapter II.C.2.f.). These biographical sketch and file format requirements also apply to NSF proposals submitted through and

NSF-approved formats provide proposers with a compliant and reusable way to maintain information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF, while ensuring that the information is submitted in a searchable composition. Use of an approved format reduces administrative burden and improves efficiencies.

Beginning with the next iteration of the PAPPG (anticipated effective date, January 2020), NSF will only accept PDFs for biographical sketches that are generated through use of an NSF-approved format. A description of NSF-approved format(s) will be posted on the NSF website when the PAPPG is issued. A draft version of the PAPPG was published in the Federal Register for public comment. The deadline for submitting comments is COB July 29, 2019.

Multiple training resources are available on the SciENcv website.

Multiple training resources are available on the SciENcv website. The following resources may be of assistance to proposers preparing a biographical sketch using the SciENcv format:

We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. If you have IT system-related questions, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or Policy-related questions should be directed to​