Annette “Nina” Gray is Assistant Vice Provost for Research Planning and Analysis. Dr. Gray was trained as a neuroscientist, completing her undergraduate degree in Brain and Cognitive sciences at MIT,  her PhD at Brown University in Neuroscience, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brandeis University.

She has extensive experience in research and academic administration, with a strong emphasis on building interdisciplinary collaborations, first at The New York Academy of Sciences, then at NYU Langone’s Neuroscience Institute, where she served as the Institute’s Executive Director. She was the Associate Dean for the Sciences and Executive Director of the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center where she developed and implemented the Center’s strategic vision, including its interdisciplinary and collaborative research involving educational initiatives and programs. In her current role, she works closely with academic and administrative leaders across NYU’s 3 campuses and 18 schools to foster research and nurture a culture of knowledge creation, scholarship, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and inclusion.

NYU’s Office of Research Development is dedicated to initiating catalytic and capacity-building activities to enhance the competitiveness of NYU’s research and sponsored programs portfolios.

Office of Research Development team members have two main areas of focus:

Limited Competitions

Several funding agencies offer awards and fellowships that limit the number of applications that can be submitted from an institution. The Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Research handles such limited competition submission programs. Our overall objective is to make NYU applicants as competitive as possible for these funding opportunities with a process that is fair and equitable. 

For each limited submission opportunity, an e-mail notification is sent to appropriate Deans and Directors with specific directions for the submission of nominations and pre-proposals.  The nominations are reviewed by a panel of senior faculty members. The panel, due to the large number of submissions, is not able to provide feedback to the candidates.

Please contact Farooq Niazi at if you have questions related to limited submissions and competitions.