The Internal Grant Programs (IGPs) are designed to support research in all areas represented on the campus, including fine arts, humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, the biological and physical sciences, and the various education and professional studies disciplines. Currently the IGPs include the Faculty Research Program (FRP), and UUP Programs when there is a negotiated contract for the Individual Development Awards Program (IDA) and Special Projects Fund/Nuala Drescher Awards. Academic Affairs Internal Support for Teaching, Research and Scholarship highlights the information that is found below in greater detail. The following information is designed to provide an overview of the internal funding available, to provide guidance for choosing the appropriate funding, as well as to assist the applicant with his/her submission.
For the purposes of the IGPs, research is broadly defined as a two-step process that includes, first, the identification of a problem or question related to a specific discipline, and, second, an investigation of the proposed question using methods appropriate to the discipline. The task of the researcher is to seek answers to the question in an objective and/or an imaginative fashion. It is assumed that investigators in all disciplines seek answers to questions concerning problems in their fields; therefore, research proposals from all disciplines are encouraged and will receive equal consideration.
The IGPs are sponsored by the Research and Sponsored Programs Office, the Cortland College Foundation, and the State of New York/United University Professions Joint Labor/Management Committees. The Research and Sponsored Programs Office administers each IGP in accordance with the prime sponsor's funding requirements. The College Research Committee (CRC) serves as the peer review body for the Research Travel Grants and the Faculty Research Program, while the campus Professional Development Committee (PDC) serves as the peer review body for the Individual Development Awards Program and the Special Projects Fund.
CRC members are appointed by the Faculty Senate and have either been successful at obtaining funding for their own research or have had experience in reviewing proposals for an agency outside of the College (2006-08 College Handbook, pg. 10). All academic areas of the College are represented equally including: Education; Fine Arts and Humanities; Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Library; Mathematics and Science; Professional Staff; and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Associate Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, or designee, is an ex-officio member of the Committee. The College Research Committee also serves as a peer review body for limited proposal submissions.
The campus PDC functions to assure that internal grant programs funded by the State of New York in furtherance of the Agreement between the State of New York and United University Professions (UUP) are awarded consistent with the objectives of the State of New York/UUP Statewide Professional Development Committee. The College president appoints a minimum of three management staff and the campus UUP president appoints a minimum of three UUP members to serve as a joint labor management campus committee for the Individual Development Act and Special Project Fund programs.
Generally, the Internal Grant Programs are administered by RSPO which works in concert with the two Committees. Both Committees recognize that there are differing models of research and creative activity that are appropriate in each area, ranging from quantitative statistical models to more qualitative concepts of research. Past experience of both Committees has shown that there are some areas for which the normal research models are not appropriate. Thus, the guidelines for the IGPs established by the Committees over the years are designed to aid in the evaluation of proposals and to make decisions about support for the work. This is a difficult process and requires that criteria be used so that the limited funds available can be distributed as judiciously and carefully as possible. Ideally, for example, a panel of experts in the discipline would evaluate a person’s proposed work. Any member of a Committee is eligible to submit a proposal but will not participate in the evaluation or ranking of his or her own proposal.
Each of the IGP guidelines is meant to provide a consistent and fair method for arriving at decisions about funding for the various proposals. The committees believe that regardless of discipline it is possible for a person to write a thoughtful proposal expressing the nature of the problem being studied, some background to the project, the specific plan of work to be done, and a section on evaluation or summation of the intent of the proposed activities.
First-time applicants who would like assistance in preparing an IGP application are encouraged to contact the appropriate divisional member of the College Research Committee or campus Professional Development Committee member or the Research and Sponsored Programs Office. RSPO can also assist faculty in trying to match a first-time applicant with an individual who has successfully applied to previous IGP programs. RSPO and the CRC also organize an internal grants workshop each October to share informational strategies on successfully obtaining IGP awards.
Purpose: Stimulate research and scholarship among the full time faculty at SUNY Cortland.
Areas: Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities, Arts and Performing Arts
Eligibility: Full time, tenure-track teaching faculty and professional staff.
Deadlines: March 12, 2021
Effective Dates: July 1, 2021 — June 30, 2022
Description: Research is encouraged on the premise that active inquiry in one’s field fosters excellence. An instructor’s firsthand involvement in current problems and methods of inquiry benefits all students, particularly those who go on to graduate school. The intent of the program is to provide seed money for projects that are new and likely to lead to future funded research. Awards generally range between $1,000 and $3,000 and may be used for personal compensation and/or research support. Award recipients receiving a stipend cannot teach more than one session during the summer. New faculty members are especially encouraged to apply. FRP Guidelines and applications can be accessed by using the following links:
The Agreement between United University Professions (UUP) and the State of New York provides special grant opportunities for the professional development needs of SUNY Cortland employees covered under the UUP Bargaining Unit.
The New York State/United University Professions Professional Development Committee administers the Individual Development Awards (IDA) Program and the Calendar Year Employee Leave Program (formerly known as the Special Projects Fund Program). Detailed information about these programs, including eligibility requirements and applications, can be accessed at NYS/UUP Joint Labor-Management CommitteesLink to detailed information about these programs, including eligibility requirements and applications
Locally, SUNY Cortland’s Campus Professional Development Committee (PDC) serves as the peer review body for both of these programs. The PDC consists of three management members appointed by the College President and three UUP members appointed by the UUP Chapter President.
July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
IDA is intended to assist eligible employees in developing their full professional potential by enhancing teaching, research, improving professional knowledge and skills, and in preparing for advancement by reimbursing the following:
Please download the Application and Budget Summary to your personal computer prior to filling out the required information. Application forms are also available in the Research and Sponsored Programs Office and in the UUP Chapter Office. Completed applications should be submitted by campus mail to:Research and Sponsored Programs Office
⇒Type of event, event site, and sponsor.
⇒Whether the employee is presenting a paper or formally participating. If presenting a paper, the title of the paper and nature of the presentation must be provided.
⇒A letter of acceptance of the paper being presented or other proposal. If acceptance is pending, the Campus Professional Development Committee should be notified of its receipt as soon as possible.
⇒How this project or activity will further the employee's professional development or otherwise assist in preparing for advancement.
Note that the PDC may request additional information from any applicant. The Committee will review applications and send notices of award no later than TBD.
Who is eligible: Full-time, non-tenured, tenure-track employees who:
The New York State/United University Professions Joint Labor/Management Committees (NYS/UUP) office in Albany offers the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program for leaves commencing during the Fall 2021 semester. Full-time, non-tenured, tenure-track employees who meet the five bulleted conditions above are eligible to apply. Employees who are nearer their tenure review date will be given particular priority.
The types of support available to a Drescher Leave awardee include: payment of the employee's regular salary by the campus; salary for a replacement; tuition and fees for course work; registration fees for conferences and workshops; course-related supplies and, travel and related expenses for research or study. Full details of the program are available in the Research and Sponsored Programs Office (RSPO), Van Hoesen Hall, Room C101, or at the NYS/UUP website.
The SUNY Cortland process for campus endorsement of a proposed Drescher application for a leave is anticipated for announcement in Fall 2021. Any application submitted to Albany will be submitted by SUNY Cortland, not by the applicant.
Applicants should submit a complete application as described here to RSPO. A Complete application to RSPO consists of:
Do not include the following elements of the application as described in the program guidelines or on the application when submitting an application to RSPO. The following elements will only be needed for any application submitted by SUNY Cortland to Albany:
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and/or designee(s) will review all applications received in RSPO. This process may or may not lead to campus endorsement of one or more proposed applications. Any endorsed application will be forwarded to Albany, with all other required application elements.
Eligible projects or activities are those: that assist the applicant in meeting one or more criteria established in Article XII, Evaluation and Promotion of Academic and Professional Employees, of the Policies of the Board of Trustees; that require full-time leave from professional obligations for at least one semester; and, that can be completed prior to the applicant being reviewed for permanent or continuing appointment. Consideration will be given to areas of Scholarship and Mastery of Specialization including, but not limited to, the following projects or activities:
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to make their supervisor and departmental chair/supervisor and departmental/unit colleagues aware of their intention to apply for a Drescher Leave so that the department/unit has ample time to consider how best to maintain optimal operations during the leave if granted.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact RSPO or call the office at ext. 2511.
This program supports projects and activities that positively influence the academic environment through technology. It is designed to improve access to existing technological tools and provide training in the utilization and application of technology to enhance educational opportunities.
The Technology Grants Program provides funding to facilitate projects or activities that positively affect employment through the application of technology, especially those projects or activities that may impact multiple campuses.
A completed Application, with attachments, may be submitted at any time, but at least 45 days prior to the commencement of the project or activity.
A Program Evaluation must be submitted within 30 days of completing the project or activity. If the funded project or activity has already been completed at the time of the award, the evaluation must be completed within 30 days of the award notification. The Committee may postpone taking action on subsequent applications submitted by the award recipient until the Program Evaluation is received.
This program is intended to supplement campus funding for projects or activities for single or multi-campus projects that would develop or enhance labor and management cooperative problem solving in the areas of professional development, creative use and understanding of technology, safer working conditions, employment security and understanding and facilitating diversity in the workplace.
The Campus Grants Program is intended to supplement campus funding for projects or activities that would develop or enhance cooperative problem solving, professional development, creative use and understanding of technology, safer working conditions and understanding and facilitating diversity in the workplace. The possibility of providing salary for a replacement, extra-service payments, or hourly payment for secretarial, clerical, or assistants' help will be considered provided such requests are fully justified. The maximum amount awarded per application is $15,000. Larger amounts may be considered in special circumstances.
A completed Application, with attachments, must be submitted at least 45 days prior to the commencement of the project or activity.
A Program Evaluation must be submitted within 30 days of completing the project or activity. If the funded project or activity has already been completed at the time of the award, the evaluation must be completed within 30 days of the award notification. The Committee may postpone taking action on subsequent applications submitted by the award recipient until the Program Evaluation is received
Please visit the JLMC website frequently for program updates, guidelines, and deadline dates for other programs.
This competitive award will be given to faculty or professional staff members whose sustained record of research achievements are deemed outstanding among others on this campus. Evidence for research achievements may include accomplishments in all the creative and performing arts as well as traditionally considered scholarly productivity and publications. The Awardee will be selected based upon at least five years of research related activities at SUNY Cortland. An outstanding record of peer reviewed publications and or creative activities (i.e. juried exhibitions) and evidence of reputation and recognition in the field (i.e. invited presentations) are the most important criteria considered for this award. Additional criteria include a record of external support for research activity, and inclusion and mentoring of students in research. The Awardee(s) will receive a $1,000 award and recognition at a campus reception that will be held in the fall. In addition, the Awardee will commit to presenting their research at a spring colloquium facilitated by Research and Sponsored Programs.
Candidates for the Dr. Peter A. Di Nardo '68 and Judith Waring Outstanding Achievement in Research Award will be drawn from full-time tenure-track faculty (including library faculty) and professional staff members. Past awardees are not eligible for this award.
Self-nominations and nominations from other SUNY Cortland faculty and professional staff will be accepted. The names and departments of nominees should be sent to Dr. Thomas Frank, Research and Sponsored Programs Office, 206 Miller. RSPO will notify nominees of their recommendation.
Those who self-nominate or accept a nomination for the Dr. Peter A. Di Nardo '68 and Judith Waring 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Research Award are asked to submit a nomination packet of materials that consists of: 1) a letter of recommendation from the nominator, or if self-nominating a letter to Dr. Mark Prus that provides sufficient detail and justification in order to evaluate a nominees' excellence in research; 2) a letter of support from the Department Chair or School Dean (for faculty), or from the Director or Division Head (for librarians and professional staff); and 3) a vita. The nomination packet of materials will be forwarded to the College Research Committee for review and recommendation of selected Awardee to the Provost.
SUNY Cortland extends true appreciation to the late Dr. Peter A. Di Nardo '68 and Judith Waring for endowing the award enabling recognition of outstanding performance in research for many years to come.
Please contact RSPO at extension X2511 if you have any questions or need additional information.
The intent of the Outstanding Achievement in Faculty Service Award (OAFSA) is to acknowledge the service contributions of teaching faculty. This award will be given to faculty whose record of service is deemed outstanding among others on this campus and is above and beyond what constitutes normal service activity at the College. Such excellence in service shall be defined as a distinguished level of service sustained above the normal expectation for advancement in rank. The nature of service must be sustained for at least five years and may include accomplishments in administrative work, service to off-campus populations, contributions to institutional change, institutional research, outreach to the community, external reviews, or other venues. The selection committee will also take into consideration demonstrated leadership and outreach activities on the campus, regionally or state-wide and the personal contributions of time in effectively promoting positive change through dedicated service activities. Distinguished SUNY Service Professors and Chancellor Awardees of Excellence in Service are not eligible for nomination since they have already been recognized for their exemplary contributions through College nominations to the SUNY System.
Candidates for the 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Faculty Service Award (OAFSA) will be drawn from full-time tenured and non-tenure-track teaching faculty (including library faculty) and full-time lecturers whose responsibilities include at least 50% teaching. The teaching criterion relates to all nominees, not just lecturers. A candidate must also have been employed at SUNY Cortland for at least five years.
Nominations will be accepted by submitting letters of nomination or recommendation that are addressed to Provost Mark Prus and forwarded to the Research and Sponsored Programs Office (RSPO). The nomination material will consist of a letter of nomination/recommendation (in hard copy or by email) that provides sufficient detail and justification in order to evaluate a nominees' excellence in service.
The RSPO will notify candidates of their nomination. Candidates will be requested to forward two additional items that will constitute a nomination packet: 1) A copy of the candidate's vita, and 2) the inclusion of a short (2 page maximum) letter of support from an individual who can attest to the ways in which the candidate fulfills the OAFSA criteria. The individual writing the letter of support may also be the author of the original nomination letter. The nomination packet of candidates will be forwarded by the RSPO to a review committee. Self-nominations cannot be accepted.
The OAFSA selection committee is comprised of Distinguished SUNY Cortland Service Professors and Chancellor Award recipients who will make a recommendation of a successful candidate to the Provost. The successful candidate will receive a $1,000 award and recognition at a campus reception to be held in the fall.
Please contact the Research and Sponsored Programs Office at extension X2511 if there are questions about this award.