Internal Funding, Opportunities and Support

Through its fellowships, the Advanced Research Collaborative brings together  scholars from within and outside CUNY and CUNY doctoral students to focus on key areas of intellectual and public policy concern – immigration, inequality, multilingualism and the digital humanities.  Tenured CUNY faculty may apply for a Distinguished CUNY Fellowship at the ARC, which provides up to three course releases per semester for a maximum of two semesters.

The Arts Research & Teaching Technology Equipment Grants Program provides funding for technological equipment to full-time faculty in the arts and humanities.

The Book Completion Award, sponsored by the CUNY Office of Research, provides funding to faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences who are  developing or completing a book manuscript for publication.

The Chancellor’s Research Fellowship Program aims to advance research and scholarship of tenured community college faculty at CUNY.

Community College Research Grants support three tracks of community college faculty research:  1) collaborative pedagogical research, 2) mentored research experiences for community college students, 3) summer collaborative research

Established in 2016, the CUNY Academy’s Travel Awards for Associate Professors  provide grants of up to $500 to full-time CUNY Associate Professors. The award is for presenting, chairing or moderating at a scholarly conference from July 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017.

The CUNY ASRC Seed Program funds research between faculty at CUNY colleges and permanent ASRC faculty. The program encourages an interdisciplinary approach within one of the five initiatives of the ASRC: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences.

The CUNY Faculty Awards Expansion Project provides resources – including a database of available awards – aimed at increasing the number of awards, named fellowships and other signs of professional recognition received by CUNY faculty.

The CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative aims to develop sustained mentorship via research/writing seminars and a series of professionalization workshops to increase the success and professional satisfaction of our diverse professoriate on each MMUF-serving campus, which are Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, and Queens College.

Diversifying CUNY’s Leadership: A CUNY-Harvard Consortium is a professional development program intended to cultivate a diverse group of future leaders.   It aims to provide training, support, development and networking opportunities to CUNY faculty and staff who are interested in a career in higher education leadership – with a particular emphasis on those interested in leadership positions within CUNY.

The Diversity Projects Development Fund supports scholarly research projects and other educational activities for or about populations that are traditionally under-represented within higher education.

The Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (FFPP) assists full-time untenured CUNY Assistant Professors in the design and execution of writing projects essential to progress toward tenure through discipline-based writing groups and guidance of a senior faculty member.

The CUNY Academy for the Humanities and the Sciences presents the Felix Gross Endowment Awards annually to CUNY Assistant Professors in recognition of outstanding research in the humanities or sciences, including the social and life sciences. 

The Henry Wasser Awards are given to outstanding CUNY Assistant Professors based on nominations provided by members of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences.

The Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program supports faculty whose research focuses on global challenges that affect the needs of urban populations.

The Joint CUNY-RFCUNY Faculty Travel Program supports out-of-town travel to develop new research collaborations and funding opportunities.

The Mid-Career Faculty Fellowship Program aims to advance CUNY’s goal of retaining and advancing a diverse faculty by providing support and resources to help tenured Assistant and Associate Professors advance their scholarly productivity and move toward promotion.

Moving from Associate to Full Professor is a workshop series and funding opportunity to support CUNY Associate Professors move toward promotion.

Preparation for Online Teaching Workshops help faculty prepare for online and hybrid course instruction. The workshops are offered online with activities and assignments that can be completed on a flexible schedule (asynchronously) within each scheduled week. Participants should be faculty who are scheduled to teach an online or hybrid course in an upcoming semester.

The Proposal Pre-Submission Peer Review Program is offered by the Research Foundation of CUNY’s  Office of Award Pre-Proposal Support.  CUNY full-time faculty who are applying for an NSF or NIH grant are invited to submit their proposals for peer-review.

The PSC-CUNY Research Award Program provides support for research conducted by CUNY faculty.

The Research in the Classroom initiative funds innovative ideas for incorporating authentic research projects into the undergraduate curriculum.

The Summer Advanced Grant Writing Award, offered by the CUNY Office of Research, provides summer salary to faculty working on a grant proposal for a federal funding agency of at least $100,000.

The William Steward Travel Award program, offered  by the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences, provides up to $500 in travel funds to full-time CUNY Assistant Professors who present, chair or moderate at a scholarly conference.

External Funding, Opportunities and Support

The Office of Award Pre-Preposal Support at the Research Foundation of CUNY provides access to a number of databases that allow CUNY faculty to search for funding opportunities, including

  • Pivot -the most comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally
  • Grants.gov- grant opportunities offered by Federal agencies
  • RePORTER – National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants
  • Philanthropy News Digest – private funding opportunities