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BMCC Presidential Scholars' Program

A. Introduction
The college will sponsor the third-round of the Presidential Scholars Program during the 2014-15 Academic Year. Targeted for junior faculty, the purpose of the program is to advance and support the scholarly careers and success of its faculty by strengthening the quality of grant proposals submitted to federal agencies and foundations.

B. Program Description
Eight (8) faculty members will be accepted for the 2014-15 program. From January 12th to 16th 2014, participants will complete the five-days of intensive training culminating in a visit to Washington DC to meet with their Program Officers.  Topics covered in the five-day training include: 

  • Crafting a fundable idea 
  • Locating funding opportunities
  • Interacting with NIH grant program officers
  • Constructing a timeline for proposal development
  • Initial drafting of the project’s main theme, overall goal(s) and research objectives
  • Matching the proposal to the funder’s needs and expectations
  • Building a persuasive rationale for funding
  • Analyzing project tasks in terms of workload, timelines and budget
  • Understanding issues of compliance and research integrity

Each faculty participant will be paired with a senior faculty mentor experienced with proposal writing and with service on review panels. Mentors, selected from senior colleges throughout the region, will meet periodically with BMCC Presidential Scholars to advise on proposal development and to review early proposal drafts. Mentors will also serve on the mock review panel immediately following the workshops.

C. Eligibility
Applicants for the Presidential Scholars Program (PSP) must be full-time faculty holding the professional rank of Associate Professor or below. Faculty must agree to submit a proposal with a funding threshold of no less than $50,000. Prospective applicants will be nominated by their Chair and selected by a seven-member selection committee.

D. Stipends

PSP participants will receive a stipend of $3,500 which will be used to support activities directly related to proposal development, such as travel, conference registration fees, supplies or compiling preliminary data.

G. Application Procedures

To apply, faculty members are asked to summarize their grant ideas and any preliminary work they may have already done, and provide information about any potential sponsors identified for the project. The selection criteria will focus on the candidate’s need to gain experience with extramural funding, the scholarly potential of the applicant, and the importance of the applicant’s proposed activity to the goals of the academic unit and/or division.

Applicants must submit a complete application by Thursday, November 20th, 2014 to the BMCC Office of Grants and Research Administration, Room F1230. The Applications are available on the college’s website at:  The list of selected faculty participants will be announced by Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  

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