Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg Congratulate CUNY Research Foundation On Its Half-Century of Service

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo have joined in congratulating the City University of New York on the 50th Anniversary of the CUNY Research Foundation.

Mayor Bloomberg has proclaimed Thursday, January 24, 2013 as CUNY Research Foundation Day in the City of New York, citing the Foundation as one of the city’s leaders in non-profit operations and grant management services.
Governor Cuomo has issued a citation celebrating the Research Foundation’s 50th Anniversary and praising its work during the past half-century.

The CUNY Research Foundation was chartered by the New York State Board of Regents on January 24, 1963 as a private, not-for-profit educational corporation. It was created to manage all grants and contracts awarded by external entities and to serve faculty and staff who receive these awards.

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein stated: “For 50 years the CUNY Research Foundation has met the needs of the University’s sponsored programs in exemplary fashion, responding with efficiency, swiftness and adaptability to changing conditions and changing sponsor requirements.”

Today, the CUNY Research Foundation manages approximately $400 million annually in grants and contracts awarded to CUNY faculty and staff from a host of federal, state, municipal and private sources. Governor Cuomo noted that this includes as much as $50 million in awards from New York State agencies and programs that provide services in diverse areas including education, health, college preparedness, and children and family services.

Richard F. Rothbard, the Foundation’s President, noted that “the CUNY faculty and staff who receive funding through the Research Foundation are carrying out cutting edge research in the natural and social sciences as well as in such areas as curriculum planning and assessment, job placement, program evaluation, media production, software development and other important fields.”

The CUNY Research Foundation manages the employment of 12,000 individuals paid annually through the Foundation from grants and contracts. These employees work in the laboratories, theaters, studios, libraries and offices of CUNY’s 24 colleges and professional schools, as well as at numerous off-campus sites, assisting principal investigators in carrying out the objectives of the grants and contracts. The Foundation also purchases all goods and services required in support of these sponsored programs.

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