If you’re considering applying for a PSC-CUNY Research Award, it’s time to prepare your application. The application deadline for the next round of PSC-CUNY grants is January 15, 2012, at 5:00 pm. All applications must be submitted electronically via the CUNY Research Foundation website. (See tinyurl.com/PSC-CUNYawards-apply.) The project description for most awards will be limited to three pages.
Established for more than four decades through the union contract, the PSC-CUNY Research Awards have helped thousands of faculty members develop original research projects. Last year, the PSC and CUNY management initiated a three-year pilot program that modified the awards in several significant ways. (See tinyurl.com/pscAwardsPilot and tinyurl.com/AwardsPilotJan2011.)
Under the new guidelines, applications must be submitted for one of three categories of awards:
● “Traditional A” Awards, of up to $3,500;
● “Traditional B” Awards, of more than $3,500 and up to $6,000;
● Enhanced Awards, of more than $6,000 and up to $12,000.
The largest number of grants will be “Traditional A” Awards, with panels charged to fund all the meritorious Traditional A applications and then Traditional B applications using remaining funds. The Enhanced Awards of up to $12,000 require a more extensive project description and budget justification. There will be no more than 40 Enhanced Awards.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications that include released time must be for at least $3,990, and thus should be made as a part of a proposal for the Traditional B or Enhanced Awards. Tenured faculty may not receive more than two awards during a three-year period, and only one of these may be an Enhanced Award.
As established in Article 25 of the union contract, funds for PSC-CUNY Research Awards are available to full-time members of the instructional staff represented by the PSC, and untenured faculty in particular. Part-time faculty and professional staff should note that the PSC has negotiated additional professional development funds for which they can apply. Information and applications for the HEO/CLT Professional Development Fund and the Adjunct-CET Professional Development Fund are on the PSC website, at psc-cuny.org/our-benefits/professional-development.