The CUNY Office of Research provides a number of programs that support the professional growth and advancement of junior, mid-career, and senior faculty members. These include internal seed grant programs for both the senior and community colleges, as well as a junior faculty fellowship program that provides annual awards to jump-start the research programs of promising junior faculty in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The Interdisciplinary Research Grant program seeks to support and encourage faculty researchers who will tackle global challenges or problems that affect the needs of urban populations. Applications that address specific challenges in ways that can be approached by combining expertise across disciplines (such as the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities) are encouraged. The submission deadline is usually in early March and award announcements are made in September. Application guidelines and further information are available at the program webpage.
The Community College Research Grant program has two goals: to promote pedagogical research and to support faculty-student mentored research projects. The program holds an annual professional development workshop and research symposium for community college faculty in January. The submission deadline is usually in early April and award announcements are made in September. Application guidelines and additional information are available at the CCRG program webpage.
The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center Joint Seed Program is designed to enable CUNY college faculty to forge productive research relationships with the permanent faculty and staff based at the Advanced Science Research Center. The program supports interdisciplinary research in the five ASRC program areas of nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences. Program guidelines and additional information are available at the Joint Seed program webpage.
The Junior Faculty Research Award program, currently supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, aims to cultivate excellent junior researchers in STEM fields and ensure the promise of research-intensive, early-career, science and engineering faculty at CUNY. Applicants must be untenured and be nominated by a department chair or school dean. Each CUNY Junior Faculty Research Award winner receives a one-year $50,000 award. Application instructions and additional information are available at the JFRASE program webpage.
The Office of Research has limited funds that can be made available to assist faculty with travel to funding agencies for specific purposes related to grant opportunities and project development. The application to request travel funds can be found at the Travel Funds program webpage.
CUNY faculty who have run a consistently externally-funded research program but encounter a funding crisis due to a competitive renewal of their grant not being funded, may apply for bridge funds under specific circumstances. A complete list of the eligibility requirements and the application form are available at the Bridge Fund program webpage.
The Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Award Program is funded by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City University of New York and the Professional Staff Congress/CUNY and is administered by the CUNY Research Foundation. The funding supports activities in the creative arts and all academically relevant research in the areas of natural science, social science, and the humanities. Additional information can be found on the PSC-CUNY Research Award webpage.
The DPDF supports educational projects, scholarly research, creative activities and other programmatic initiatives that promote multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion, affirmative action and nondiscrimination for the University community.
The FFPP is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Recruitment and Diversity in order to advance CUNY’s institutional commitment to diversity. This University-wide initiative assists full-time untenured CUNY faculty (assistant professors) in the design and execution of writing projects essential to progress toward tenure. These projects may include scholarly articles for juried journals and books for academic presses. This program provides 3 credit hours of course release time for the spring semester, a discipline-based writing group, and the guidance of a senior faculty member.