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Funding Opportunities

Funding for research is crucial in order to keep up-to-date with the rapid changes that enable revolutionary discoveries to be made. New York University is among the nation's premier institutions for research. Opportunities for internal University funding may be accessed on this page, and additional faculty funding can be found at the Office of Sponsored Programs and individual school sites.

Curricular Development

Curricular Development Challenge Fund helps schools, departments, and individual faculty members create new academic programs and courses, update and expand existing courses, or undertake special projects that will promote curricular development.

Fulbright Awards

Fulbright Scholar Program Lecturing and Research Awards are available as an opportunity for professional development in over 150 countries. Grants are awarded to faculty of all academic ranks and come from all areas of the humanities, social sciences, the natural and physical sciences, as well as from applied fields such as business, journalism, and the law. 

Funding Resources

Learn more about funding resources available to faculty at NYU's Office of Sponsored Programs.

Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund

  The Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund(GPHRCF) supports faculty-initiated research on a competitive basis and is administered by the Executive Vice President for Health and a GPHRCF Selection Committee, composed of senior faculty representing a cross-section of disciplines at the University.

Global Research Initiatives

The Global Research Initiatives enable full-time faculty research-in-residence at NYU’s global sites during sabbaticals and other funded leaves of absence during fall or spring semesters. Research Institutes are now open and hosting faculty in Berlin, Florence, London, Prague, and Washington D.C. Our research institute in Tel Aviv, on the campus of Tel Aviv University, will open in fall 2013 and one at NYU’s new global site in Paris in fall 2014.

There is still some space available for faculty during the fall semester of 2013 in London, Tel-Aviv, Prague and Washington D.C. Those planning ahead may make requests for future academic years through 2015/16.

To learn more about these initiatives, and to submit an application, please visit:

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, Office of the Provost (

Green Grants

NYU Green Grants fund projects that spark the imagination of the NYU community and advance our future as a sustainable university. Projects should reduce adverse environmental impacts, educate and engage the community, demonstrate the viability of best practices, and/or advance applied research goals.

Humanities Initiative 

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


The Grants-in-Aid competition is devoted exclusively to publication assistance. Funds are limited and awarded on a rolling basis.

Faculty Research Fellowships

The Humanities Initiative offers Research Fellowships to full-time faculty at NYU 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. Fellows are expected to be present in New York within the University community for the entire year of their residency. They will meet on a weekly basis to discuss their work-in-progress and that of invited guests, and will participate in initiative activities.

Research Collaboratives (Formerly known as Working Research Groups)

In an effort to build community and foster interdisciplinary exchange on topics with a humanistic focus at New York University, the Humanities Initiative sponsors the Humanities Initiative Research Collaborative grants. The Initiative envisions a Research Collaboratives as bringing together NYU faculty and graduate students in a carefully planned series of meetings on a focused topic in the humanities where interdisciplinary approaches are likely to be particularly fruitful. The Initiative expects that the work achieved by the Research Collaborative will generate new curricular offerings, publications, conferences, or collaborative faculty projects.

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. This year we will consider proposals from two faculty members with different areas of expertise within the same department. However, all things being equal, preference will be given to those proposals which bring together colleagues and, ideally, students from different department, disciplines, and schools. Existing courses may be used for the team-taught initiative, or new courses may be proposed, either to be cross-listed in different departments and/or schools.

Innovation Venture Fund

The NYU Innovation Venture Fund is a seed-stage venture capital fund created to invest in startups founded by NYU students, faculty and researchers, and/or those commercializing NYU-developed technologies and intellectual property. The Fund seeks inventions, discoveries, products or services that were developed in whole or in part at NYU and are ready for commercial product development, rather than those requiring further basic research. Though a complete business plan and team is not required for consideration, the technology underpinning the venture concept should have achieved the proof-of- concept or prototype stage and solve a measurable problem in a large and growing market. The founders should be the nucleus around which a strong, entrepreneurial team can form and execute a financially attractive business plan.


Contact: Frank Rimalovski, Managing Director, NYU Innovation Venture Fund (

Postdoctoral and Transition for Academic Diversity

NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity (PTP-AD) supports promising scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse groups whose life experience, research experience, and employment background will contribute significantly to academic excellence at NYU.

Scholars at Risk/Global Scholars

NYU Scholars at Risk/Vivian G. Prins Global Scholars Fellowships are available to support temporary visits to NYU of up to one year by professors, lecturers, researchers and other intellectuals who have shown potential as important contributors to their discipline and community, and who suffer intimidation or persecution in their home country or country of current residence.

Service Learning

Community Service Project Grants provide support to faculty, students, and staff wishing to create or enhance community service initiatives on the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village and in neighborhoods adjacent to the many NYU schools and divisions.

Service Learning Course Development Grants may be used to develop or enhance undergraduate or graduate courses that include volunteer experience either organized by the instructor or developed by students as an integral part of the course.

Team-Taught Courses

Team-Teaching Stipends are awarded to pairs of full-time faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences to develop team-taught courses for both undergraduate and graduate students to encourage new interdisciplinary directions, directing attention to the close relationship between teaching and humanities research.

NYU Technology Venture Competition

The NYU Technology Venture Competition serves as a catalyst for creating and accelerating new and existing early stage businesses based on technologies developed at NYU. The competition is open to all current NYU students, faculty and research staff and kicks-off in September and runs through May of each academic year. During this 8-month program, participants benefit from team-building initiatives, entrepreneurial workshops, bootcamps, mentoring and coaching as they develop their technologies into viable business ventures. Run by the Stern School’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and sponsored by the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, the competition awards a total cash prize of $75,000 and pro bono services to the winners.


Contact: Loretta Poole, Associate Director, Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (

September 19, 2012, 5-7pm: Competition Kick-off Event.

October 17, 2012: Registration deadline to enter.

The 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, composed of senior faculty reflecting a cross-section of disciplines at the University. The purpose of the Fund is:

  • to serve as an incentive for investigators to explore new areas of research that are likely to attract outside support
  • to support those engaging in productive scholarship in areas where there are few sources of support.

Contact: Farooq Niazi, Director, Provostial Research Programs (

For the URCF 2013-2014 Guidelines and Instructions, click here.

For the Cayuse Guidance for Project Setup for URCF, click here.

For the NYU WSQ URCF Budget Form, click here.

For the Poly URCF form, click here.


Visual Arts

Visual Arts Initiative Awards The University Arts Council, under the auspices of the Office of Thomas Crow, Associate Provost for the Arts, provides a forum for interdisciplinary research, discussion, and collaboration in the visual arts.

Again this year, the Council will offer a limited number of Visual Arts Awards to foster new initiatives in creative activities and scholarship, and to encourage new ways of thinking about the arts at NYU.

These awards provide up to $5,000 to support the development of innovative projects in the visual arts and related fields. The types of projects that are fundable include, but are not limited to, creation of artwork, research, symposia, lectures, exhibitions, and curriculum development. 

Vladeck Fellowships

Vladeck Fellowships enable selected junior faculty to launch or complete substantial research in social justice, health care, labor law, labor history and individual rights, with a concentration on urban problems.

Whitehead Fellowships for Junior Faculty in Biomedical and Biological Sciences

Letter of intent is due March 2013

Full application is due April 2013

The New York University Whitehead Fellowships 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.  

The competition is open to applicants from all New York University units, effectively, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the School of Medicine, the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, the College of Dentistry, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Contact: Farooq Niazi, Director, Provostial Research Programs (

Application instructions will be made available in December 2012.

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