PSC CUNY Research Award Program

PSC CUNY Research Award Program

The Professional Staff Congress - City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Award Program was established as a major vehicle to encourage and support faculty research. PSC-CUNY seeks to enhance the University's role as a research institution, further the professional growth and development of its faculty, and provide support for the established and junior scholar. Awards are distributed by the University Committee on Research Awards (UCRA), a faculty committee, and administered by RFCUNY. All applications are submitted through the Grants Proposal System.

The PSC-CUNY Research Award Program supports academically relevant research across all disciplines. Proposals must include original research or creative activities by the principal investigator (PI). Three award types are available:

  • Traditional A: up to $3,500
  • Traditional B: $3,600 to $6,000
  • Enhanced: $6,500 to $12,000


Full-time members of the instructional staff, including Higher Education Officers (HEOs) and College Laboratory Technicians (CLTs) are eligible to apply for the PSC-CUNY Award Program. Co-PIs must meet all eligibility criteria. Only one application per person, per cycle (year), as either PI or Co-PI is allowable.

Important Dates:

  • Campus Outreach Seminars:*
    • Wednesday, Oct. 14th 10AM-12PM, 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 20th 12-2PM, 
    • Monday, Oct. 26th 2-4PM, or 
    • Friday, Nov. 6th 12-2PM. 
  • Monday, December 7, 2020 at noon: This is an optional Internal Deadline for submissions to the PSC-CUNY Proposal System, as requested by OSP. (Allows John Jay the opportunity to review submissions for compliance with program guidelines, and ask PIs to make changes, if needed, before the Dec 15 deadline. If you cannot meet this internal deadline, ensure that your application is submitted by Dec 15 .
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 11:59PM: Deadline for submission to the Proposal System.  There will be no exceptions for late applications.


*PSC-CUNY Research Award Program Virtual Seminars: 
The Research Foundation will be hosting virtual seminars via GoToMeeting for the PSC-CUNY Research Award Program. If you would like to learn more about the program or have any questions, we urge you to participate in one of these sessions. All interested applicants should RSVP to with the date they will attend.

To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: