Summer Salary & Faculty/Staff Effort on Sponsored Projects

Summer Salary
In order to participate in the summer salary program, a CUNY employee must be either: 
  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Lecturer (Doctoral Schedule)
  • Instructor
  • Instructor II
  • Einstein Professor
  • Distinguished Professor
  • Distinguished Lecturer
  • Substitute Assistant, Associate or Professor
  • Law School Assistant, Associate or Professor
  • Medical (Basic or Clinical) Assistant, Associate or Professor

CUNY instructional staff in the following series are not eligible to participate in the program:

  • Executive Compensation Plan Series
  • Administrative Designated titles (REM) series
  • HEO series
  • CLT series
  • Adjunct series
  • Non-teaching Adjunct series
In sum, only CUNY instructional staff appointed to the tax-levy lines described above can participate in the summer salary program.

How To Calculate Summer Salary Allowance
Annual Salary/9 = Monthly Allowable Summer Salary Base
You should always review your budget availability and/or sponsor guidelines when calculating your allowance. For example, the National Science Foundation limits summer salary to two-ninths.

Creating Your Summer Salary Appointment
An appointment can only be created by the PI and/or authorized signatory on the grant. Once you have submitted the summer salary appointment(s) for your grant, either the OGRA Director or Associate Director will approve the submission or reach out to the PI/program team for additional information. 
Click here for the RF's Summer Salary manual
Click here for instructions on how to create and submit a summer salary appointment

Summer Salary 2019 Pay Periods
Click here for the CUNY Community College Payment Schedule
Once all summer salary payments have been submitted, you will receive a notification from the RF indicating that you must login to your RF account and certify your summer salary effort. Contact OGRA if you require assistance with certifying your effort.

Effort on Sponsored Programs/Projects 
As per the CUNY Office of Research, effort is defined as the amount of time spent on a particular activity and the time spent working on a sponsored project in which a percentage of salary is charged or contributed (cost shared – see Cost Sharing Policy).
It is not based on credit hours or hours worked per week.  
After the fact summer salary and effort certification is a sponsor requirement and must be completed in a timely manner. 
Further information on University requirements regarding effort reporting are available below under Resources.

Effort Reporting FAQ's
Participating in the Summer Salary Program
Research Foundation Effort Reporting Guidance 
CUNY Policy on Effort Determination, Tracking and Reporting
Quick Start Guide- Certifying Effort Instructions
RF Policy No. 549- Effort Certification