"A great research university produces, preserves, and transmits new ideas, insights, and knowledge. Its basic research activities promote and nurture scientific progress, develop artistic and creative expression, and sustain an informed democratic society and its political life." – NYU Framework 2031
The modern research university has a dual mission: 1) To educate its students; and 2) To discover new knowledge through scholarship. These two missions enhance and inform one another: Students at a research university in many instances are taught by the discoverers of the information being discussed in the course, and the classroom's free exchange of ideas can help sharpen research.
The Senior Vice Provost for Research provides University-wide leadership in advancing research at NYU, coordinating research among various schools of the University, and shaping the strategic planning for the University's research enterprise. Among his responsibilities, the Senior Vice Provost oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of the Industrial Liaison/Technology Transfer, the Innovation Venture Fund, and the Entrepreneurial Institute.
The Deputy Provost provides strategic planning and University leadership for multi-investigator and cross-disciplinary proposals for large federal research grants through the Mega-Grants Initiative. She also oversees graduate affairs at the University level, as well as selected training initiatives (e.g. university-wide efforts to widen the STEM "pipeline" and the Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowhship Program) and University-wide research institutes. The Deputy Provost oversees the development and implementation of analytics and metrics that support research, instruction and learning as well as offices involved in compliance with federal and state regulations (the office of Academic Program Review and Assessment). The Deputy Provost also oversees a number of Provostial Institutes and Centers across the social sciences.
NYU continually seeks to strengthen its environment for research, scholarship, innovation, and entrepreneurship. To stimulate faculty innovation and support their research and scholarship, the University administers a wide range of challenge programs and seed funds that are available on a competitive basis from a variety of institutional sources. Support is available for multi-disciplinary and inter-school projects, curriculum development, research, entrepreneurship, and the development of "mega grant proposals"; a number of funds are additionally reserved for the support of junior faculty. NYU’s global network offers additional singular opportunities for faculty (and graduate students) through its research institutes of NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, the Global Research Initiatives program, and the Global Institute for Advanced Study.