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Please direct program inquiries to:

Dr. Effie MacLachlan
Director of Grants & Research Programs

  • Only tenured or tenure-track faculty employed by CUNY community colleges are eligible to serve as principal investigators (PI).
  • Faculty who were awarded a Community College Research grant in the past two years—2017 (Round 14) or 2018 (Round 15)—are not eligible to apply.
  • All proposals must describe original research that will be conducted by the applicant(s).
  • The Institutional Review Board (IRB) must approve research involving human subjects prior to the release of any funds.
  • All awardees must submit a one-page summary report at the end of the funding period.


Read the Grant Guidelines for a more detailed explanation of each eligibility requirement.

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The 2018 – 2019 Application Is Now Closed

The Office of Research is committed to supporting research excellence at CUNY community colleges. Since 2006, the Community College Research Grant Program has funded collaborative, interdisciplinary, and undergraduate research projects resulting in faculty and student development. For the 2019 competition, the program will accept proposals from faculty across all disciplines for awards of up to $10,000. Proposals may be submitted by individual faculty or collaborative teams. We encourage applications that involve undergraduate students.

Awards: Awards of up to $10,000 will be disbursed as a mix of Research Foundation funds ($5,000) and tax levy funds ($5,000; which must be used by June 30, 2019).  The Research Foundation (RF) funds will be set up in an account for awardees to use for course release, research supplies and/or student stipends.  The $5,000 in tax levy funds are to be used exclusively for one month of summer salary in June 2019. The Office of Research expects to distribute five to ten CCRG awards in 2019.

The submission deadline is October 26, 2018.  We will announce the awards by the end of December 2018, so that project work may commence in the summer of 2019.  We expect to make 5-10 CCRG awards in 2019.

There will be a separate submission process for the Community College Pedagogical Research Grant program in the Spring of 2019.

*Note: Please read carefully for eligibility and the online submission process.