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Instructions for New York State Consolidated Funding Application Preparation

Jul 16th, 2013 -- dmbsrs

The third round of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application, or CFA, includes $750 million in grants, tax credits and other incentives from 26 programs in 13 state agencies.  The overarching aim of the CFA is to improve New York State's business climate and expand economic growth.

If your research interests tie with regional economic development in any way, you may want to explore the programs available through the CFA.  RIT has two information sessions scheduled:

Tuesday, June 18th, CIMS 2120 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm and

Thursday, June 20th, Bamboo Room (Campus Life Center) from 10:00 – 11:30 am

If you are unable to attend these, a series of workshops presented by the Regional Economic Development Councils is posted at

RIT Internal Review.  Some of the individual programs limit the number of proposals RIT may submit, some have complex eligibility rules, and many involve cost sharing.  For these and other reasons,  proposals to any CFA program will require prior RIT review and approval. 

If you are considering a proposal through the CFA, please research available programs by attending one of the sessions above and exploring the CFA resource manual and application guide at

Internal review will be based on a concept paper.  Provide a one page description of your idea with the following information: a) the CFA program(s) you wish to apply to, b) a brief description of the proposed project, and c) an estimated budget with sources of cost sharing or leveraged funds if required and d) if RIT will be the lead organization or subawardee on a collaborative proposal.  Applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the Office of Government and Community Relations (Debbie Stendardi and Meredith Smith) and Sponsored Research Services (Brian Duddy and David Bond) well in advance of the concept paper deadline.

Concept papers are due to Brian Duddy by 5:00 p.m. on July 8.  Concept papers will be reviewed for eligibility, program limits, technical merit, and fitness with agency priorities.  Applicants will be notified of any restrictions or concerns by July 15.

Proposal Requirements Review.  The CFA proposal submission portal features a series of administrative screening and eligibility questions.  Applicants will need to schedule a proposal requirements review session with Brian Duddy in SRS to review the information requirements for the given program.  These sessions must be completed prior to 5:00 p.m. on July 26. 

Proposal Upload.  Additional sessions may be necessary depending on the particular information required by the agency sponsor.  Applicants may need additional scheduled time with Brian during the week of July 29 to August 2.

Proposal Routing Forms must be completed and signed by the Vice President of Research prior to proposal submission to New York State.