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.

University Research Challenge Fund

The University Research Challenge Fund (URCF) supports faculty-initiated research on a competitive basis, encouraging faculty who are exploring new areas of research that are likely to attract outside support, and faculty engaging in productive scholarship in areas where there are few sources of support.

Contact: Farooq Niazi

Application Deadline: December 16, 2019

The Curricular Development Challenge Fund

The Curricular Development Challenge Fund (CDCF) promotes innovative curricular programs and projects at New York University. The Fund helps individual faculty members create new academic programs and courses, update and expand existing courses, or undertake special projects that will promote curricular developments.

Visit: Curricular Development Challenge Fund

Office of Faculty Resources: (212) 998-2987

NYU Whitehead Fellowships for Junior Faculty in Biomedical and Biological Sciences

The New York University Whitehead Fellowships, awarded on a competitive basis, 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.

Contact: Farooq Niazi

Guidelines and application instructions for the next competition will be made available in March 2020.

Mega-Grant Seed Fund Initiative

The purpose of this program is to support the development of highly competitive large ($2M-$25M), multi-investigator-based research grant proposals across NYU. The initiative includes planning, administrative, grant-writing, and seed funding support. Seed funding can be used in any way that maximizes the chances of the grant proposal’s success, including for funding of pilot research, preliminary analyses, and/or funding for the research team to meet for one or more days to develop and write the proposal. The PIs must provide clear rationale for the ways that seed support will be used for a specific project directly relevant to the preparation and submission of a large competitive proposal to an external agency. Multidisciplinary proposals from two or more departments or colleges are strongly encouraged.

Contact: Farooq Niazi and Trinh Eng

Center for the Humanities

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

Faculty Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships are available to full-time faculty 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. The Research Fellowships support projects that clearly define a research problem that can be investigated in a one-year project period and demonstrate the likelihood of a significant contribution to the field. Fellows are expected to be present in New York within the University community for the entire year of their residency.

Visit: The Center for the Humanities Research Fellowships for Faculty

Working Research Groups

These grants build community and foster interdisciplinary exchange by bringing together NYU faculty and graduate students in a series of meetings on a focused topic in the humanities where interdisciplinary approaches are likely to be particularly fruitful. Working Research Groups are expected to generate new curricular offerings, publications, conferences, or collaborative faculty projects.

Visit: The Center for the Humanities Working Research Groups

Grants-in-Aid for Book Publication Subventions

Full-time faculty with contracts in hand are eligible for up to $1500 to be applied toward specific costs incurred in the process of publishing a monograph or edition: subventions requested by the publisher, assistance with obtaining permissions, and costs associated with translation.  

Visit: The Center for the Humanities Grants-in-Aid

Contact: Gwynneth Malin

NYU $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge

One of the largest and most rigorous venture competitions in the world, NYU’s $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge gives members of the NYU community an opportunity to discover what it really takes to launch a startup. In addition to the opportunity to receive startup cash, participants get training, assistance, and individualized coaching from experienced entrepreneurs, investors and executives. Learn more here.

The competition has three tracks:

  • Technology Venture Competition

    The NYU Technology Venture Competition, sponsored by the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, serves as a catalyst for the formation of new and the acceleration of existing early-stage startups based on inventions and research developed by NYU students, faculty, and researchers in the information technology, life science, and physical science sectors. Winners share a $100,000 prize. Contact: Frank Rimalovski

  • New Venture Competition

    The NYU Stern New Venture Competition is the premier platform for identifying, nurturing, and showcasing entrepreneurial talent at NYU. The competition challenges aspiring business owners and those excited by the new venture startup process to take their ideas from concept to market. The NYU Stern New Venture Competition winners share the $100,000 Ira Rennert Prize. Contact: Cynthia Franklin

  • Social Venture Competition

    The NYU Stern Social Venture Competition recognizes and supports the growing number of students and alumni interested in using their business and entrepreneurial skills to create innovative approaches to tackling social problems, here and abroad. Winners of the Social Venture Competition vie for a portion of the $75,000 Social Venture Prize. Contact: Cynthia Franklin

NYU Innovation Venture Fund

The Innovation Venture Fund provides seed capital to help especially promising NYU founders scale their startups. Together with co-investors, the evergreen Fund provides needed capital, contacts with the entrepreneurial and venture communities, and practical management and marketing expertise to help NYU students, faculty, and researchers transform ideas and inventions into thriving companies. Learn more.

Visit: Innovation Venture Fund

I-Corps

A seven-week immersive grant program for faculty and their graduate students/postdocs to help transform academic research into startup ventures. The program uses the Lean Startup methodology to train academic researchers in hypothesis-driven customer discovery. I-Corps was first launched as an initiative by the National Science Foundation and has since been adopted by the NIH and other agencies. Programs are available for NYU faculty and researchers across all disciplines. Watch "What is iCorps?" and read more here. Contact Frank Rimalovski at the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute for more information or to apply.

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Venture Coaching and Programs

Startup Coaching
Our team of startup coaches work with 80+ faculty, PhD and researcher led teams annually from every NYU school. With decades of venture experience, coaches offer guidance on topics including: target market identification, business operations, regulatory approval pathways, and fundraising (grants and equity-based financing). In addition to the coaches on our staff, we provide connections to our network of 150+ external mentors. Learn more and schedule an appointment today or contact Rebecca Silver.

Startup Bootcamps
A half-day workshop to expose our faculty, graduate students, and researchers to the basic activities of commercializing research via a startup venture. If you have an invention or product idea, or simply want to learn more about how your work could become the basis for a startup, attend a Startup Bootcamp. Learn more here or contact Emily Baum.

Startup Sprints
A one-week intensive program where faculty entrepreneurs and their PhD/postdoc teams test the commercial potential of their research with customers and partners. Participating teams receive grant funding, coaching, workshops on selecting the right market, IP and fundraising, and more. Visit the page or contact Rebecca Silver to learn more.

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