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Submission Deadline: December 11, 2015

Submit your proposal and letter of support from your dean and/or site director no later than December 11, 2015 to the following:

Electronic files:
Please indicate "CDCF Proposal Submission" in the subject line.

Dean's and Dept. Head signatures:
Curricular Development Challenge Fund
Office of Faculty Resources
New York University
194 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012

Proposals from Tandon School of Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi, and NYU Shanghai also will be considered for CDCF funding.

The Office of Global Programs administers a separate development fund for faculty at the University's global sites. For more information on the Global Faculty Fund, please visit:

For further information, please contact the Office of Faculty Resources at (212) 998-2987
or email

If you are unable to submit your proposal electronically, please submit a paper version to the above address by the deadline.

Proposals will be evaluated by the committee in Spring 2016. All 2015-2016 proposals will receive a response by the close of the Spring 2016 semester.

Pre-submission School Review

Before any proposal is submitted, faculty members should discuss the feasibility of their proposal with the appropriate deans or administrators within their schools. Proposals must have the support of the department chair and dean of the school as appropriate. 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.

*All projects should have the potential for budgetary self-sufficiency (including direct and indirect costs) within a specifically stated period or show evidence that special funds will not be required to continue the program after a specified date.

Selection Criteria

  • Is the project innovative or creative?
  • Does the project have the potential for making a significant, lasting impact within a school beyond the funding period? Is the project sustainable?
  • Does the project have the potential to prompt innovations in other departments?
  • Is the rationale for the project sufficiently strong and compelling? Does it indicate a link with existing theories of and methods in teaching and learning?
  • Does the proposal give evidence of the necessary expertise to carry out the plan effectively?
  • Does the project draw effectively on available institutional resources and expertise?
  • Is the budget solid and reflective of real needs? Have opportunities for cost sharing with other departments, schools, sites, or University sources been explored, and are they reflected in the budget?*
  • Does the project have the potential for attracting outside funding?
  • The committee encourages proposals that connect with NYU's global education initiative.
  • Priority will be given to those faculty members who have not received a CDCF grant in the past four years.
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