December 20, 2010
New Shape of PSC-CUNY Awards, With Jan. 28 Deadline
CUNY and the PSC have finalized agreement on new guidelines for PSC-CUNY Research Awards. The CUNY Research Foundation website has the full text of the guidelines, which will govern a three-year pilot program beginning this year.
The application deadline for this cycle of awards is January 28, 2011. In future years, the deadline will be January 15, but it was extended this year due to the time it took to work out all the details of the pilot program. All applications, as in the past, must be submitted electronically; details are online here.
Under the new guidelines, applications must now be submitted for one of three categories of awards:
- Traditional A Awards, of up to $3,500.
- Traditional B Awards, of more than $3,500 and up to $6,000.
- Enhanced Awards, of more than $6,000 and up to $12,000.
Last year the average award was about $3,400, and this year the largest number of awards will be in the Traditional A category. The most competitive category is expected to be the Enhanced Awards, of up to $12,000. In a change from the past, selection panels will not reduce requested budgets; if an award in any category is granted, it will be funded in full.
“I want to thank members for their patience; I know many of you have been eager to see the new guidelines so you can prepare applications,” said PSC President Barbara Bowen. “By extending the deadline to the end of January, we hoped to create enough time for you to prepare.” Further details will be in the next issue of Clarion, and on the PSC website.
Wed. 12/22: Rally at the RF Board of Directors
Negotiations for first contracts for CUNY Research Foundation members at City Tech, LaGuardia and the Graduate Center have gone on far too long. There has been progress at the table in the last few weeks, and showing your support can help bring these negotiations to a successful conclusion.
Join the demonstration at the RF Board of Directors meeting this Wednesday, 2:00-3:00 pm, at the RF Central Office, 230 West 41st St. near Times Square. This can be a challenging time of year, but taking the time to come to this event could make a real difference for thousands of colleagues who work side by side with us, under the Research Foundation. And organizers promise some seasonal fun! For more information, contact Rob Murray, PSC Organizing Director, at email@example.com.
PSC Political Action Needs Your Support
You will soon receive an important mailing from the PSC – please look for it! The mailing contains a letter and brochure about the PSC-COPE program, the political action arm of the PSC. Contributing to PSC-COPE – the union’s Committee On Political Education – helps build the union’s political power to fight for the needs of CUNY and its faculty, staff and students.
In the past year, PSC-COPE has organized to:
- prevent the imposition of an inferior pension tier.
- defeat efforts to privatize CUNY/SUNY funding.
- win restorations of New York City funding for CUNY.
- elect candidates who support CUNY and progressive tax reform.
Your contributions make this work possible! So when you get the PSC COPE mailing, please take a few minutes to fill out the form and mail it in.
“This Week” Returns Jan. 10
This Week in the PSC will not publish on Dec. 27 or Jan. 3, and will return on January 10. Happy New Year to all PSC members, family & friends!