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FAQs

I'd like to request reassigned time. How do I account for that in my budget?

CUNY has established a cost of $1100 per credit hour.

Are the funds taxable?

If you choose to receive the funds as summer salary, they will be considered taxable income (and approximately 15% will be deducted for fringe benefits).

If you choose to use some or all of the funds to purchase equipment, materials, electronic devices, etc., the funds will not be taxable, but the items will be purchased by and become the property of BMCC. Travel expenses are also tax exempt. Keep in mind that you will need to demonstrate why the material/equipment/travel, etc. is essential to the project.

Does the grant support summer research?

Yes, many faculty have chosen to use the funds for summer pay in the past, but funds have also been used to purchase equipment and materials. Faculty also have the option to hire research support. Tenured and tenure track faculty may apply for reassigned time. Lecturers may apply for summer salary.

Can the PI use research funds to pay student assistants?

Yes, funds may be used for research assistants. Again, this should be outlined in the budget, which should make clear what type of assistant will be hired (educational level, experience, expected pay, expected hours). This should also be described in the timeline. Proposals that specifically support the hiring of BMCC students will be given additional consideration.

Are collaborative projects eligible? How will the funds be distributed?

Yes, faculty may apply jointly for funding. One application should be submitted and the project narrative should be clear about each faculty member’s contribution to the project. It should also include a discussion of each faculty member’s professional expertise and the project’s contribution to his or her professional development. The budget should indicate how the resources will be allocated.

Can I propose a project in an area in which I have no previous experience?

Yes, but the reviewers will assess whether or not you have the expertise and the experience to complete the project. You should indicate in your project narrative how past work has prepared you for the new line of inquiry or creative project, and/or how you have developed the skill set necessary to complete the project. Reviewers will consider past publications and grant awards on unrelated topics as evidence of your ability to complete new projects.

Are preliminary results required for a successful application?

No. However, if you have already completed earlier stages of the project, this strengthens the case that you will be able to continue and complete the project. It is expected that the funds provided will lead to an outcome (a publication, a performance, a creative work).