University Research Challenge Fund

The University Research Challenge Fund (URCF) supports faculty-initiated research on a competitive basis, encouraging faculty who are exploring new areas of research that are likely to attract outside support, and faculty engaging in productive scholarship in areas where there are few sources of support.

Contact: Farooq Niazi

Applications for 2019 competition are now being accepted.

Deadline: January 30, 2019

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.

Visit: Curricular Development Challenge Fund

Office of Faculty Resources: (212) 998-2987

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

Guidelines and application instructions for the next competition will be made available in February 2019.

Mega-Grant Seed Fund Initiative

The purpose of this program is to support the development of highly competitive large ($2M-$25M), multi-investigator-based research grant proposals across NYU. The initiative includes planning, administrative, grant-writing, and seed funding support. Seed funding can be used in any way that maximizes the chances of the grant proposal’s success, including for funding of pilot research, preliminary analyses, and/or funding for the research team to meet for one or more days to develop and write the proposal. The PIs must provide clear rationale for the ways that seed support will be used for a specific project directly relevant to the preparation and submission of a large competitive proposal to an external agency. Multidisciplinary proposals from two or more departments or colleges are strongly encouraged.

Contact: Farooq Niazi and Trinh Eng

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

Research Fellowships are available 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.

Visit: The Center for the Humanities Research Fellowships for Faculty

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. Working Research Groups are expected to generate new curricular offerings, publications, conferences, or collaborative faculty projects.

Visit: The Center for the Humanities Working Research Groups

Grants-in-Aid for Book Publication Subventions

Full-time faculty with contracts in hand are eligible for up to $1500 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.  

Visit: The Center for the Humanities Grants-in-Aid

Contact: Gwynneth Malin

NYU $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge

One of the largest and most rigorous venture competitions in the world, NYU’s $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge gives 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. Learn more here.

The competition has three tracks:

  • Technology Venture Competition

    The NYU Technology Venture Competition, sponsored by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, serves as a catalyst for the formation of new and the acceleration of existing early-stage startups based on inventions and research developed by NYU students, faculty and researchers in the information technology, life science and physical science sectors. Winners share a $100,000 prize. Contact: Frank Rimalovski

  • New Venture Competition

    The NYU Stern New Venture Competition is the premier platform for identifying, nurturing and showcasing entrepreneurial talent at NYU. The competition challenges aspiring business owners and those excited by the new venture startup process to take their ideas from concept to market. The NYU Stern New Venture Competition winners share the $100,000 Ira Rennert Prize. Contact: Cynthia Franklin

  • 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 $75,000 Social Venture Prize. Contact: Cynthia Franklin

Blackstone Launchpad Coaching

Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus based entrepreneurship program designed to support and coach aspiring NYU entrepreneurs – faculty, researchers, or students – regardless of experience, discipline, or NYU school affiliation. Be a part of the Blackstone LaunchPad community and get access to a network of venture coaches to receive valuable guidance. Learn more and/or schedule an appointment today or contact Andy Moss.

NYU Innovation Venture Fund

The NYU Innovation Venture Fund is a seed-stage venture capital fund that invests in startups founded by NYU students and faculty and/or commercializing technologies and intellectual property developed at the University. Its primary objective is to bring more innovations developed in the University to market.

Visit: Innovation Venture Fund


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 available for NYU faculty and researchers across all disciplines. Visit the I-Corps page to learn more and contact Frank Rimalovski at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute for more information or to apply.

Visit: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

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 startup creation or licensing. TAC Awards support projects from NYU's Washington Square, College of Dentistry, Tandon School of 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.

Next call for proposals is expected in January 2019.

Visit: TAC Awards Announcement

Contact: Abram Goldfinger