PSC-CUNY Research Award Competition

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:

PSC-CUNY Research Award Program Virtual Seminars:

The Research Foundation of CUNY (RFCUNY) will host several webinars held via Microsoft Teams to go over the application process and proposal system, and to answer questions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 17th 1PM EST
  • Wednesday, October 25th 12PM EST
  • Thursday, November 2nd 1PM EST 
  • Friday, November 10th 12PM EST

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Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM  for submission to the Proposal System.  There will be no exceptions for late applications.