Research Development and Mega Grants Initiative
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is supporting and mobilizing NYU's research expertise and scientific capabilities to aid New York City and people across the globe affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Resources for Researchers: Funding Opportunities, Inventories of Faculty Research Expertise, Laboratories and Shared Equipment, and working group information are accessible at any time and will be continuously updated.
- Andrea Silverman (Tandon) received $85,176 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to collaborate on a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation building capacity and communication networks in SARS-CoV-2 sewage surveillance programs for a public health response.
- Andrea Silverman (Tandon) received a $164,775 grant from CUNY for a collaboration with them to assist the NYC Department of Environmental Protection in the development of a wastewater surveillance program for SARS-CoV-2.
- Enrico Bertini (Tandon) and Rumi Chunara (Tandon) received a $191,696 NSF RAPID award to test how people understand currently available COVID-19 data visualizations and to develop an application to help people understand the factors that contribute to their risk.
- Morgan Hardy (Abu Dhabi) received a $48,284 grant from the Centre for Economic Policy Research to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on small businesses in Ghana and the consequences for skilled and unskilled labor.
- Andrew Caplin (FAS) received $380,000 from the NOMIS Foundation to investigate contingent plans and expectations of business owners and workers in the post-COVID landscape. Sabrina Howell (Stern) received $100,000 from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to investigate the effect of receiving a Small Business Administration disaster loan during the coronavirus crisis on a firm's outcomes.
- Jocelyn Belanger (Abu Dhabi) and Antje von Suchodoletz (Abu Dhabi) received a $244,025 grant from the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority to research the experiences of young children and their parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Diana Taylor (Hemispheric Institute) received a $250,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for a rapid-response initiative aimed at providing emergency food and medical care for undocumented communities in New York City during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Led by Mark Willis (Law), the NYU Furman Center received a $80,000 grant from the New York Community Trust to research the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on New York City's affordable rental housing market.
- Led by Mona Sloane (Tandon), the Alliance for Public Interest Technology received a $70,150 grant from Civic Signals for the Terra Incognita research project which will study the emergence of digital public space in NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Jennifer Homans (Center for Ballet and the Arts) received $50,000 from the Ford Foundation to support the Center in adapting to the changing needs of artists and scholars in the COVID-19 crisis.
- S. Farokh Atashzar (Tandon) and Yao Wang (Tandon) received a $125,000 NSF RAPID award to develop a smart wearable biotracker necklace that can remotely assess and monitor COVID-19 symptoms.
- Ingrid Ellen (Wagner) received a $30,000 award from the Robin Hood Foundation for the NYU Furman Center to develop policy briefs to propose and evaluate housing policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis in NYC.
- Joshua Tucker (FAS), Jonathan Nagler (FAS), and Richard Bonneau (FAS) received a $199,596 NSF RAPID award to measure information consumption and beliefs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Tracy Van Holt (Stern) received a $95,338 NSF RAPID award to research the networks and spatial dynamics of the US food supply chain amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Joshua Epstein (GPH), Yang Feng (GPH) and Erez Hatna (GPH) received a $131,954 NSF RAPID award to develop a new model to predict human behavior during the pandemic using social media data that will replicate the entire New York State epidemic to date.
- Eric Klinenberg (FAS) received a $500,000 award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Institute of Public Knowledge's sociological study of the spread and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to inform an equitable emergence.
- Natalie Brito (Steinhardt) is part of a team led by Moriah Thomason (Langone) that received $186,462 from the NIH to conduct a longitudinal evaluation of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on high-risk new and expectant mothers.
- The NYU Furman Center received a $50,000 grant from Santander Bank that will provide support for an analysis to inform local policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Quanyan Zhu (Tandon), Rae Zimmerman (Tandon) and Lorna Thorpe (Langone) received a $150,000 NSF RAPID award to develop a multi-network framework that captures the linkages and inter-dependencies between networks that govern information spreading, panic spreading, and disease spreading in urban populations.
- Led by Kurt Becker (Tandon), the Urban Future Lab received a $50,000 Innovation Incubator Channel Partner Strategic Award to provide support for ACRE incubator cleantech startups Sunthetics and Scanifly to adapt their businesses in the COVID-19 crisis.
- Yury Dvorkin (Tandon) was awarded a $149,951 NSF RAPID grant to model how infrastructure systems such as gas, electric power and water networks operate under different scenarios of disease outbreak using real-life data from New York City.
- Steven Kuyan (Tandon) was awarded $50,000 from the Genesis Prize Foundation to support the NYU Tandon Made Challenge, a program to challenge students to develop scalable, real world solutions that address COVID-19.
- Tamar Schlick (FAS) was awarded a $200,000 NSF RAPID grant to explore COVID-19 RNA genome targets by graph-theory based modeling.
- Maurizio Porfiri (Tandon) and Jiang Zhong-Ping (Tandon) received a $161,124 NSF RAPID award to develop agent-based modeling toward effective testing and contact-tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Constantine Kontokosta (Marron), Lorna Thorpe (Langone), and Arpit Gupta (Stern) were awarded a $199,958 NSF RAPID award to develop a tool that uses anonymized mobility data to monitor the effects of social distancing efforts and predict patterns of disease transmission.
- Paul Torrens (Tandon) was awarded a $199,985 NSF RAPID grant to collect immersive first-person video data of spatial behavior of real people on streetscapes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Debra Laefer (Tandon) and Thomas Kirchner (GPH) were awarded a $98,856 NSF RAPID grant to capture 3D data on human movements and behaviors in order to document the landscape of "surface vectors" and thus opportunities for COVID-19 transmission.
- David Grier (FAS) was awarded a $200,000 NSF RAPID grant to adapt his patented technology for holographic protein binding into a platform for diagnosing viral infections. This technology has the potential to form the basis for a highly accurate, easily administered, fast, and affordable test for SARS-CoV-2.
COVID-19 Research Catalyst Grants
Understanding that academic research from across disciplines is required to assess, monitor, and alleviate the impact of COVID-19, the office runs the COVID-19 Research Catalyst Grants internal funding opportunity to support projects aimed at addressing the pandemic.The first round of awards was made in April 2020 to the following recipients:
- Anasse Bari (Courant) and Megan Coffee (Langone) for developing an AI-enabled decision support tool for clinicians to predict severe cases of COVID-19
- Natalie Brito (Steinhardt) and Moriah Thomason (Langone) for evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on pregnant women and infants
- Jane Carlton (FAS) and Danielle Ompad (CGPH) for developing a tool for studying COVID-19 co-infections in India
- Mary Cowman (Tandon), Thorsten Kirsch (Langone) and Anna Nolan (Langone) for investigating the potential of peptide 15-1 to combat lung inflammation resulting from COVID-19 infection
- Joshua Epstein (CGPH) and Erez Hatna (CGPH) for developing behavioral models to simulate effects of social distancing and vaccine refusal
- Faye Ginsburg (FAS), Rayna Rapp (FAS), Mara Mills (Steinhardt), and Arthur Caplan (Langone) for researching disability equity in the time of COVID
- Yong Song (Abu Dhabi) for developing an easy-to-use, low-cost microfluidic chip for rapid extraction and detection of COVID-19
- Nate Traaseth (FAS), Tania Lupoli (FAS), Paramjit Arora (FAS), Dirk Trauner (FAS) and Yingkai Zhang (FAS) for leading the Chemical Biology Initiative’s multi-pronged approach to identifying drug candidates
- Amy Witkoski Stimpfel (Nursing) and Victoria Vaughan Dickson (Nursing) for studying the impact of the COVID-19 on nurses’ psychosocial health
- Quanyan Zhu (Tandon), Rae Zimmerman (Wagner) and Lorna Thorpe (Langone) for developing an AI-based crowdsourcing platform to share information about price and availability of critical resources
The MGI, directed by Vice Provost for Research Stacie Grossman Bloom and the Office Sponsored Program’s growing Research Development unit, works closely to aid NYU researchers and program directors in securing funding for groundbreaking and multidisciplinary sponsored projects.
A number of institutional seed funds support faculty across the disciplines in curriculum development, research and scholarship, and entrepreneurship, with a number of fellowship opportunities earmarked specifically for junior faculty.
UDAR is dedicated to soliciting the private funding necessary to support the strategic goals of the University in teaching, learning, and research