Curricular Development Challenge Fund
The Curricular Development Challenge Fund (CDCF) promotes innovative curricular programs and projects at New York University. The 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 developments.*
Because research universities are defined by a commitment to generate knowledge through inquiry, investigation, and discovery, courses that engage students in thinking creatively and analytically are more congruous with the mission of a research university than those that merely transmit information and facts.
Accordingly, taking into account the criteria for selection listed below, we seek to use the Fund to support efforts in the classroom that contribute to making research, scholarship, and artistic creation a central component of both undergraduate and graduate education through a movement away from a more traditional lecturing and note-taking approach to a more inquiry- or problem-based collaborative approach in which problem solving, joint projects, teamwork, and cooperative learning are emphasized. Often such inquiry-based approaches are well served by the innovative use of technology and the unique resources of New York City.
Proposals from Tandon School of Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai also will be considered for CDCF funding.
Proposals submitted by the December 14, 2020 deadline will be evaluated by the Committee in Spring 2021. Submitted proposals will receive a response by the close of the Spring 2021 semester.
Criteria for Selection
- Project’s potential to make a significant, lasting impact with a school beyond the funding period;
- Creativity, innovation, sustainability of the project;
- A compelling rationale with links to existing theories and methods in teaching and learning;
- Ability to draw on available institutional resources and expertise;
- Budget reflects an assessment of real needs and explored opportunities for cost sharing*;
- Potential for completion;
- Priority given to faculty members who have not received a CDCF grant in the past four years.
Before any proposal is submitted, faculty members should discuss the feasibility of their proposal with the appropriate deans or administrators within their school. Proposals must have the support of the department chair and dean of the school. In the case where a department chair or dean is not applicable to the school or not yet identified, the support from the highest ranking leadership member may be considered. Schools should indicate cost sharing where appropriate as well as the long-range commitment to continue the project past the life of the grant.
Interschool proposals should include indication of approval from the dean of each school involved as well as the approval of the appropriate department chairs.
Interested faculty members will apply for a grant by submitting their proposed project via Google Application Form, found on the CDCF webpage. The form will ask for the following information:
- General Information
- Project name
- Project abstract
- PI names, departments/schools, and email addresses
- Project Statement
- Project statement of purpose (including scope and strengths as it relates to the CDCF criteria)
- Further description of the project or outline of program
- Description of resources available to initiate the plan
- Advertising plan or marketing plan (if relevant)
- Potential for future funding
Applicants should keep in mind that the average grant award is $5,000. The Committee will not consider funding those expenses that are expected to be borne within the individual school. Projects that are successful include a carefully prepared budget, thoughtful allocation of CDCF resources, and a description of how the project will be institutionalized within the school. The spirit of the CDCF program is to provide startup funding to support innovative and creative ideas.
For assistance in preparing the budget, consult your dean’s office or your school’s office of funded research.
Projects that are approved are expected to be completed in a single academic year (including summer, if necessary). Multiyear proposals will be considered but are not encouraged. If submitted, multiyear projects should provide the budget requests for each year separately.
- Budget breakdown: Applicants must include a spreadsheet or chart showing their anticipated expenses. The budget should be broken down according to appropriate FAME chartfields. Relevant fringe benefits must be included for all personnel. The budget must indicate cost sharing and/or school resources that are being provided as well as the projected income from the program. Costs for activities such as photocopying, book purchases, materials, and resources that will be used in the project should be projected based on real costs rather than estimates that may not be based on fact. One criterion that will be considered is the degree to which the curriculum development project has the potential to be self-sufficient.
- Budget justification: Successful proposals include thoughtful analysis. A well written budget justification demonstrates the planning that should accompany a project. Please provide justification for each budget item.
- Honoraria for visiting lecturers and stipends for consultants or specialists are considered appropriate areas for support provided that the program is not dependent on these resources beyond the pilot phase and that it clearly will continue with internal resources.
- Advertising and promotion: Funds may be requested for advertising and promotion if the activity is integral to the success of the project.
- Travel: Typically, CDCF funds cannot be used for travel to conferences, or travel in general. These requests will be considered only if there are compelling circumstances underlying the request for travel funds.
- Incremental staff support for graduate and undergraduate student workers, for example, will be considered. This may not include tuition remission.
- Small or unique equipment costs may be considered, but any equipment purchased is University property.
- Faculty salaries: It is beyond the scope of the CDCF to support direct compensation for faculty.
- Capital expenses: It is beyond the scope of the CDCF program to fund capital projects or budget relief in the school.
- Curriculum Vitae of Principal Investigator(s)
Submit each investigator’s CV in a separate PDF file in the Google Form. Up to 10 PDFs can be uploaded.
- Dean’s Review and Written Statement of Support
Please submit your request for a statement of support to the dean of your school well in advance of the application deadline. Please upload this PDF within the CDCF Google application form.
- Brief Approval Statement and Signature of Department Chair
Please request for an approval statement from your Department Chair well in advance of the application deadline. Please include and upload the department chair approval PDF when you complete the CDCF Google application form.
Prior to completing the CDCF Application Form please be sure you have ALL of the items below as they are required for submission.
- Completed CDCF Application Form including:
- Project Statement
- Detailed Budget
- CVs of Principal Investigators
- Written Statement of Support from the Dean or Site Director
- Approval Statement and Signature from the Department Chair/Head
2020-2021 Curricular Development Challenge Fund Committee
- College of Dentistry: Johanna Warshaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Global Public Health: Joyce A. O'Connor, email@example.com
- Faculty of Arts and Science: Bijan Pesaran, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gallatin School of Individualized Study: Hallie M. Franks, email@example.com
- Leonard N. Stern School of Business: Jessy Y. Hsieh, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liberal Studies: Bob Squillace, email@example.com
- NYU IT: Ben Maddox, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service: Vanessa Leon, email@example.com
- Rory Meyers College of Nursing: Mary Brennan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Law: Michelle L. Kirkland, email@example.com
- School of Professional Studies: Kristine Kerr, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Silver School of Social Work: Peggy A. Morton, email@example.com
- Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development: Mark M. Alter, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tandon School of Engineering: Peter Voltz, email@example.com
- Tisch School of the Arts: Karen Shimakawa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Previously Funded Projects
Click on the links below for a description of projects awarded CDCF Grants in past years.
*Curricular Development Challenge Fund grants are not available for faculty research projects. Research Challenge Fund grants are administered by the Office of the Provost.
Please note: The Office of Global Programs administers a separate development fund for faculty at the University's global sites. Visit Global Faculty Fund for more information.