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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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Application Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019

Community College Research Grant program supports the collaborative pedagogical research efforts of CUNY community college faculty. The program seeks to leverage faculty expertise to promote student success. The primary goal is to seed research that will lead to externally funded grant proposals and scholarly publications.

Pedagogical research focuses on the teaching and learning process. This research is often most useful when it assesses current teaching methods and techniques, seeks to uncover the ways in which students learn, and validates good practices.

All proposals must be structured to reflect the engagement of at least two investigators (see eligibility rules below).  In addition, faculty members are encouraged to provide opportunities for CUNY undergraduate students to participate in their research activities.

In 2019, we anticipate awarding 4-5 Collaborative Pedagogical Research grants with budgets not exceeding $15,000. Three awards were made last year and the abstracts are posted at

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