Frequently Asked Questions

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What is considered a collaboration?

What is pedagogical research?

Will late submissions be allowed?  

What key information is essential for consideration in the C3IRG program?

What if I need IRB or IACUC approval for my research?

If I was previously awarded a C3IRG grant, when may we submit another funding proposal?

What are the eligibility requirements or conditions of a C3IRG collaborative grant?  

What type of work is not eligible for C3IRG funding?

May I submit a proposal to both the C3IRG and the CIRG competitions?

What is the maximum award size for C3IRG?

How much should we request?

What can I allocate funds for within my budget?

Is there anything that the funds cannot be used for?

Where does the money go?

What if I have additional questions?


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What is considered a collaboration? 
Proposals must involve collaboration between two or more faculty members. The collaboration may be between faculty at the same community college or between faculty from different CUNY colleges. If the collaboration is with a faculty member from a senior college, no funding may be allocated directly to the senior college faculty member.

What is pedagogical Research?
Pedagogical research focuses on the teaching and learning process. It carefully frames a problem related to teaching or learning and studies the problem using discipline appropriate methods. The research results should be practical and applicable in a variety of settings, and the research outcomes should be publically disseminated through publications and professional meetings. Pedagogical research is often most useful when it assesses current teaching methods and techniques, seeks uncover the ways in which students learn successfully, and validates good practices.

Will late submissions be allowed?
No, all submissions must be either received or postmarked by March 16, 2012.

What key information is essential for consideration in the C3IRG program?
You should make a strong case for your proposed project by:

  • Providing an overview of your project
  • Explaining how the project you are proposing fits within the relevant criteria of the C3IRG guidelines
  • Describing your plan for future funding, and how the C3IRG funding supports the long-term sustainability of your project
  • Explaining why the nature of your collaboration is vital to the success of the research
  • Illustrating that your budget estimates are reasonable, and timetables for spending have been established.

What if I need IRB or IACUC approval for my research?
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) must approve research involving human subjects prior to the release of any funds. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) must approve all research involving animals.  If applicable, we recommend that you submit your IRB or IACUC applications to the relevant authority simultaneously with your C3IRG proposal, in order to allow sufficient time for these applications to be approved.  Without IRB/IACUC approval C3IRG funding will not be allocated for any human or animal subjects research.  For more information about IRB and human subjects research, visit http://www.cuny.edu/research/ovcr/human-subjects-research.html.

 If I was previously awarded a C3IRG grant, when may I submit a proposal for another project?
If you received a C3IRG grant, you must wait two calendar years before submitting another application, even if it is for a new project, or if you were a co-PI on the project which was previously funded (for example, you were funded in 2011, you may not resubmit until 2013).

What are the eligibility requirements or conditions of a C3IRG collaborative grant?
You must meet the following four conditions to receive an awarded C3IRG funding:

  • Sign all project related materials and return by the respective deadlines
  • Make sure, if applicable, that any and all documentation regarding IRB or IACUC approval has been submitted
  • Ensure that all collaborating PIs are available and committed to the project
  • Agree to submit a report on all grant related activities at the end of the funding period

What type of work is not eligible for C3IRG funding?

Proposals relating solely to curriculum development, web or media development, workshops, book authorship, or similar types of initiatives are ineligible.

May I submit a proposal to both the C3IRG and the CIRG competitions?
No, a faculty member can participate in only one application. Proposals may not be submitted to both the C3IRG and the CIRG competitions.

What is the maximum award size for C3IRG ?
Up to $15,000.

How much should we request?
Be mindful of your budget; make sure that reviewers will find your budget items reasonable and appropriate for the research you are proposing.

What can I allocate funds for within my budget?

  • Summer salary
  • Release time at adjunct rates
  • Research Associates and Research Assistants (please make every effort to employ Community College Students)
  • Fringe benefit costs
  • Travel (please be aware that any travel which is not local will be carefully reviewed by the committee)
  • OTPS - communication costs specific to the project, supplies, field expenses, software, etc.

Is there anything that the funds cannot be used for?
C3IRG funds may not be used to purchase desktop or laptop computers, personal storage devices such as iPods and iPads, personal digital assistants or any other handheld electronic device.

Where does the money go?
All awarded funds are sent to respective campuses via the Provosts office. Once funds have been sent to the campuses, any budgetary changes that require a transfer of funds, or changes to the budgetary allocations to the participating campuses, are not managed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

What if I have additional questions?
Please speak with your campus Grants Office. Should you still have questions, please e-mail Dr. Effie MacLachlan (mailto:effie.maclachlan@mail.cuny.edu).