Other CUNY Funding Programs

  • Interdisciplinary Research Grant (IRG) 

The Interdisciplinary Research Grant 2019/2020 program seeks to support and encourage faculty researchers who will tackle challenges or problems that affect the needs of urban populations and the urban environment. We encourage applications that address specific challenges in ways that can be approached by combining expertise across disciplines (such as the health/social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities).

This program aims to provide seed funding for projects that will become eligible and competitive for external funding.

Over the last three years,  21 grants were awarded to 52 CUNY faculty. In the previous cycle of this competition, we funded six proposals.

We anticipate that there will be approximately five to eight one-year awards of $40,000 made in 2019.

  • Research in the classroom: Idea Grant

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the application deadline, the timeframe of the workshop, and the applicable semesters have been changed. The new application deadline is Friday, May 29, 2020. Please see the attached guidelines for additional information.  

Faculty often view research and teaching as two distinct scholarly endeavors. However, there is compelling evidence that incorporating authentic research activities into classroom teaching benefits students and faculty. For students, undergraduate research is an experiential learning opportunity that can positively impact their long-term development as critical and creative thinkers and communicators. For faculty, incorporating research into the classroom enables them to further existing research projects while developing pedagogical research experience.

The CUNY Office of Research offers grants for innovative ideas incorporating authentic research projects into the undergraduate curriculum. For this competition, original research is defined as a plan for seeking answers to a research question for which the outcome is unknown. Successful projects may be implemented into new or existing courses but must incorporate authentic research. The research question should be based on the expertise of the PI and should involve the development of new avenues of inquiry. As the COVID-19 crisis has necessitated that all CUNY faculty convert their onsite courses to online formats, we encourage applicants to devise innovative ways to involve undergraduates in authentic research in virtual learning environments.

We encourage applications from all disciplines, including the Arts, Humanities, Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. A workshop will be held for successful applicants in August 2020 (please see program guidelines for more information).

Proposals should include a description of the research question and the research method(s) students will use to answer that question. Applicants should also provide a timeline and include a section on assessing student learning outcomes (an Assessment Guidance document is provided). Proposals should also describe how the RIC project will meet accessibility best practices. Awardees will be expected to attend a Research in the Classroom Fellows Workshop in August 2020 and implement their new course design in the fall 2020 or the spring of 2021.

Grants of up to $7,500 (in Research Foundation funds) will be awarded.   The funds may be used for course release (upon college approval), summer salary, and research supplies.

  • CUNY ASRC Joint Seed Program

The Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) Seed Program provides funding to enhance scientific research opportunities that can be advanced by taking advantage of the analytical and human resources available through the ASRC. The program encourages an interdisciplinary approach that leverages the ASRC’s five Initiatives (Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Sciences) and 13 Core Facilities. Grants will fund collaborative research projects between tenured, tenure-track, and research-track faculty at CUNY colleges and faculty at the ASRC.

Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) of the Graduate Center Funding Opportunities:

  • Advanced Research Collaborative Distinguished Fellowship Program (CUNY)
    October 31, 2020
    Description: The Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) of the Graduate Center invites tenured and tenure-track scholars both within and outside of CUNY to apply for our Distinguished Fellowships for the 2019 - 2020 academic year who are conducting research in any one of the following areas: Inequality, Immigration, Multilingualism & Translation, Global Cities. All applicants should have outstanding records of published research and scholarship.

Distinguished CUNY Fellows: for tenured and tenure-track faculty at one City University of New York campus. A Distinguished CUNY Fellow will receive three-course releases per semester for a maximum of two semesters.

Additional CUNY Funding Opportunities:

  • CUNY—Diversity Projects Development Fund (PDF)
    Description: The Diversity Projects Development Fund (DPDF) was established by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Management to support educational projects, scholarly research, creative activities, and other programmatic initiatives that promote multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion, affirmative action and nondiscrimination for the benefit of the University community. Grants are awarded up to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (FFPP)
    Deadline: October 30, 2020 
    Description: The Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (FFPP), sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Recruitment and Diversity, aims at advancing CUNY's institutional goal of a diverse professoriate. The University-wide initiative assists full-time untenured faculty in the design and execution of writing projects essential to progress toward tenure. Discipline-based writing groups of peers from across the University, facilitated by senior faculty members, provide fellows with feedback on their work, which may include scholarly articles for juried journals, books for academic presses, or, in some instances, creative writing. 

CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences Funding Opportunities:

  • The Feliks Gross Endowment Award is presented each year to assistant professors in recognition of outstanding research, or potential for such, in the humanities or sciences, including social and life sciences. Any faculty member who is an assistant professor at any unit of CUNY and whose field of expertise covers an area of the humanities or sciences is eligible to be considered for one of these awards. 
  • The CUNY Academy Stewart Travel Awards program invites applications from Assistant Professors at CUNY to apply for travel support to national and international conferences. Professor Stewart, a groundbreaking linguist on the Graduate Center faculty for more than 25 years, passed away in 2002, the year the Stewart Awards were initiated. The William Stewart Travel Awards grants up to $500 to full-time assistant professors. The award is for presenting, chairing, or moderating at a scholarly conference from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

    Deadline: March 15, 2020

  • The CUNY Academy Stefan Baumrin Travel Awards for Associate Professors was established in 2016 and provides grants of up to $500 to full-time CUNY Associate Professors. Award amounts range from $100 to $500 depending on distance traveled. This award is for presenting, chairing, or moderating at a scholarly conference between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

    Deadline: March 15, 2020

  • The CUNY Academy Adjunct Faculty Travel Awards for 2019-2020 grant up to $500 for academic conferences (travel, conference registration, and lodging). This award is for part-time faculty at any of the CUNY colleges. This award is for presenting, chairing, or moderating at a scholarly conference. Conference travel must occur between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

    Deadline: March 15, 2020

Contact oar@jjay.cuny.edu with questions.