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Faculty Development Grant


The Faculty Development Grant was established in the 1990s at the initiative of the Faculty Development Committee of the BMCC Academic Senate. It is organized and administered by the Faculty Development Committee and funded by the Office of Academic Affairs. Its purpose is to support fulltime faculty members in their scholarly and creative activity. Fulltime faculty throughout the college are encouraged to apply. Faculty may apply as individuals or as a team. The maximum grant award is $5,000 and a maximum of twelve grants will be awarded. Fulltime tenured or tenure track faculty may request summer salary or reassigned time up to a $5,000 limit. Grant recipients will be asked to share their work with the BMCC community by giving a presentation in collaboration with CETLS and by creating a concise web-based write-up of their project. The write-ups will become part of a project showcase on the CETLS web site.

​Please direct any questions related to the Grant to the BMCC Faculty Development Committee at​​


February 14, 2018: 5:00 p.m. Deadline for completed applications. Late applications will not be accepted.

April 2018: Notification of awards.

June 30, 2019: Completion date. Recipients will be asked to schedule a presentation for Fall 2019 with CETLS Director. Presentations should be scheduled by May 1, 2019.

Fall 2019: Presentation in the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • I am a fulltime faculty member at BMCC as of September 2017.
  • I have not received or applied for any other BMCC or CUNY grants/funds for this proposed project, nor have I applied for or received funding from any outside source (including PSC-CUNY).
  • The proposed project is within the guidelines, policies, and restrictions of the IRB and copyright laws.
  • I have no other work-related commitments that conflict with this research during the grant period.
  • I have not received a BMCC Faculty Development Grant in the previous two years (2016-2017 or 2017-2018).
  • I agree to observe the requirements indicated in the timeline above.

Proposal Package:

Please submit your application by 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2018 to Associate Dean of Faculty, Jim Berg via email ( or hard copy (S715G). If you submit your application via email, please submit it as a single PDF document.​

  • Completed Cover Sheet and Signature Form (separate attachment).
  • Abstract (100 words) describing the project.
  • Proposal (3-5 pages): a well-organized description of the project, single-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font. Do not include your name or any information that identifies you in the proposal. Include the following sections:
    1. Project Narrative (2-3 pages maximum). It should:
      1. Be jargon-free and comprehensible to a general audience.
      2. Discuss the purpose and overall significance of the project (it should include a review of the literature, if applicable).
      3. Evaluate its potential contribution to your field. How does the project fit into the larger context of your field or discipline?
      4. Briefly explain your qualifications for the proposed project. Indicate how the project enhances your own professional development.
      5. Indicate a solid dissemination plan (specific journals, publications or conferences identified; exhibitions, performances etc.).
      6. If the work for which you seek funding is part of a larger project, describe your progress on that project and indicate how the grant-funded work will articulate within that project.
      7. Explain each person’s responsibilities if you are applying as a team.
      8. Indicate if permissions, copyright releases, licenses, IRB, or other authorizations are necessary to execute the project.
      9. Selected bibliography (if appropriate)
    2. Timeline:
      1. Include a development plan with a completion date no later than June 30, 2018. 
      2. Indicate a clear and attainable timeline.
      3. If IRB approval is necessary, indicate deadlines. Note that no funding will be provided until IRB approval is obtained.
    3. Itemized Budget:
      1. The maximum grant is $5,000. This may be awarded as a summer stipend and/or for material expenses incurred in research and creative work.
      2. Provide a justification of the budget, explaining how the grant will be used to support the project.
      3. The budgets may include the cost of reassigned time up to the $5,000 limit.
      4. Budgets including summer salary must include the costs of 15% for fringe benefits.
      5. If equipment is purchased, it will be paid for directly by BMCC and will become the property of BMCC.
      6. If the proposal is a joint one, stipulate how the money will be divided. 
    4. Supporting Materials (such as images, links to film clips, charts, publishing contracts, etc.) that are directly relevant to the proposed project and help establish your qualifications beyond what is requested in items 1-4.

    Attached separately is the Reviewer Score Sheet so that you are aware of the evaluation criteria. Publications resulting from the grant should acknowledge the grant and a copy should be submitted to Senior Vice President and Provost Karrin Wilks. If your publication is open access, you are encouraged to submit it to CUNY Academic Works (

    Additional information including recent recipients and samples of previous applications follows. If you have additional questions, please email

    For more information about CUNY Academic Works, please visit