"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 and Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, Polytechnic School of Engineering, 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 Center for Urban Science and Progress.
The Executive Vice Provost for Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of the Polytechnic School of Engineering builds engineering and technology throughout NYU and its global network, with particular focus on the development of faculty, curriculum, and research programs at the Polytechnic School of Engineering, NYU-Abu Dhabi, and NYU-Shanghai - all in partnership with science throughout NYU. The Executive Vice Provost also serves as a science/technology advisor for the NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute.
The Vice Provost for Science and Engineering Development provides University-wide leadership, particularly, but not exclusively, in programs that involve the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
The Vice Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs oversees the office of Academic Program Review and the Office of Academic Assessment. She works on the development and implementation of analytics and metrics that support research, instruction and learning, the delivery of administrative services, and compliance with federal and state regulations. She provides leadership for strategic planning and support for multi-investigator and cross-disciplinary proposals for large federal research grants, and oversees selected University research and training initiatives including the Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity. The Vice Provost oversees a number of Provostial Institutes and Centers across the social sciences.
Institutional 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. Opportunities for institutional support can be viewed here.