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Institutional Funding Opportunities

The Curricular Development Challenge Fund

The Curricular Development Challenge Fund (CDCF) promotes innovative curricular programs and projects at New York University. The Fund helps individual faculty members create new academic programs and courses, update and expand existing courses, or undertake special projects that will promote curricular developments.

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Office of Faculty Resources: (212) 998-2987

Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowships

The Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship program provides funds to tenure track faculty who have successfully passed their Third-Year Review to advance their research and scholarship interests. These funds may be used for adjunct replacement during the faculty member’s leave with pay, or to provide support for travel, publications, and other research costs. The award process is school based, selected schools only, with additional information available from the school Dean’s Office.

Contact: Kelly Long

University Research Challenge Fund

The University Research Challenge Fund (URCF) supports faculty-initiated research on a competitive basis and is administered by the URCF Advisory Committee. The Fund aims to encourage investigators to explore new areas of research that are likely to attract outside support, and support faculty engaging in productive scholarship in areas where there are few sources of support.

2018 URCF Deadline: December 11, 2017

Contact: Farooq Niazi

NYU Whitehead Fellowships for Junior Faculty in Biomedical and Biological Sciences

The New York University Whitehead Fellowships, awarded on a competitive basis, assist faculty in the early years of their independent research careers to conduct focused research projects in the biomedical and biological sciences and enhance their ability to compete successfully for external funds.

Contact: Farooq Niazi

Letter of Intent due date: April 26, 2017

Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities offers a number of grants and fellowships to full-time faculty in the humanities and art disciplines.

Faculty Research Fellowships

The Center for the Humanities offers Research Fellowships to full-time faculty in the humanities and art disciplines, including but not limited to history, art history, music, philosophy, cultural studies, literary and language studies, religious studies, drama and performance studies, cinema studies, and gender studies. The Research Fellowships support projects that clearly define a research problem that can be investigated in a one-year project period and demonstrate the likelihood of a significant contribution to the field. Fellows are expected to be present in New York within the University community for the entire year of their residency.

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Research Collaboratives
(Formerly known as Working Research Groups)

These grants build community and foster interdisciplinary exchange by bringing together NYU faculty and graduate students in a series of meetings on a focused topic in the humanities where interdisciplinary approaches are likely to be particularly fruitful. Research collaboratives are expected to generate new curricular offerings, publications, conferences, or collaborative faculty projects.

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Team-Teaching Stipends

This program is designed to foster creative and dynamic teaching across humanistic disciplines and departments, in the interest of generating innovative new courses and teaching formats.

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Grants-in-Aid for Book Publication Subventions

Full-time faculty with contracts in hand are eligible for up to $1,500 to be applied toward specific costs incurred in the process of publishing a monograph or edition: subventions requested by the publisher, assistance with obtaining permissions, and costs associated with translation.  

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Grants-in-Aid for Conferences

Grants-in-Aid for Conferences provides limited assistance with conferences and symposia with a humanistic theme held at NYU or at an NYU global site. All full-time faculty at NYU are eligible to apply.

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Contact: Gwynneth Malin

NYU $200,000 Entrepreneurs Challenge

One of the largest and most rigorous venture competitions in the world, NYU’s $200K Entrepreneurs Challenge provides members of the NYU community an opportunity to discover what it really takes to launch a startup. In addition to the opportunity to receive startup cash, participants get training assistance and individualized coaching from experienced entrepreneurs, investors and executives. The competition has three tracks:

  1. Technology Venture Competition

    The Technology Venture Competition serves as a catalyst for the creation of new and the acceleration of existing early stage startups based on technologies developed by NYU students, faculty and researchers. Sponsored by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, the competition awards a total of $75,000 in cash prizes, plus pro bono services and technical assistance.


    Contact: Loretta Poole

  2. New Venture Competition

    The NYU Stern New Venture Competition challenges aspiring entrepreneurs and those excited by the new venture creation process to take their ideas from concept to market. Winners compete for a share of the $75,000 Rennert Prize.


    Contact: Loretta Poole 

  3. Social Venture Competition

    The NYU Stern Social Venture Competition recognizes and supports the growing number of students and alumni interested in using their business and entrepreneurial skills to create innovative approaches to tackling social problems, here and abroad.  Winners of the Social Venture Competition vie for a portion of the $50,000 Social Venture Prize.


    Contact: Loretta Poole

NYU Innovation Venture Fund

The NYU IVF is a seed-stage venture capital fund created in 2010 to invest in startups founded by NYU students and faculty and/or commercializing technologies and intellectual property development at the University. Its primary objective is to bring more innovations developed in the University to market.

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The I-Corps program is a seven-week immersive course for faculty and their graduate students/postdocs to help transform academic research into startup ventures. The program uses the Lean Startup methodology to train academic researchers in hypothesis-driven customer discovery. I-Corps was first launched as an initiative by the National Science Foundation and has since been adopted by the NIH and other agencies. Programs are now available for NYU faculty and researchers across all disciplines.

Visit I-Corps to learn more and contact the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute to apply.

Technology Acceleration & Commercialization (TAC) Awards

The TAC Awards program encourages and promotes the development of research projects and technologies that have the near-term potential for commercialization through start-up creation or licensing. TAC Awards support projects from NYU's Washington Square, Dental School, Tandon Engineering, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai campuses with awards of up to $50,000. The program was designed to cultivate projects that relate to technology for which intellectual property has been obtained or will be sought by NYU, and that seek to advance the commercial development of the technology through prototype development and proof-of-concept studies.

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Contact: Abram Goldfinger