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PSC and CUNY Finalize Agreement on Enhanced PSC-CUNY Awards
CUNY and the PSC have finalized agreement on new guidelines for PSC-CUNY Research Awards. The CUNY Research Foundation website has the full text of the guidelines, which will govern a three-year pilot program beginning this year.
The application deadline for this cycle of awards was January 28, 2011. In future years, the deadline will be January 15, but it was extended this year due to the time it took to work out all the details of the pilot program. All applications, as in the past, must be submitted electronically; details are online here.
Under the new guidelines, applications must now 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.
Last year the average award was about $3,400, and this year the largest number of awards will be in the Traditional A category. The most competitive category is expected to be the Enhanced Awards, of up to $12,000. In a change from the past, selection panels will not reduce requested budgets; if an award in any category is granted, it will be funded in full.
“I want to thank members for their patience; I know many of you have been eager to see the new guidelines so you can prepare applications,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen. “By extending the deadline to the end of January, we hoped to create enough time for you to prepare.” Further details will be in the next issue of Clarion, and on this website.
(The January Clarion has an in-depth article which provides more details. The Clarion also had an article in the September 2010, announcing the agreement that the union (with collaboration from the UFS and the University Committee on Research Awards/UCRA) had negotiated with CUNY to enhance the grants and keep them under faculty control.