Institutional Funding Opportunities
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.
Current Funding Sources
- NYU Research Catalyst Prize
- Teaching Advancement Grant
- NYU Whitehead Fellowships for Junior Faculty in Biomedical and Biological Sciences
- Mega-Grant Seed Fund Initiative
- Climate Research Seed Grants
- Humanities Mega-Grants Seed Fund Competition
- Center for the Humanities
- NYU Technology Venture Competition
- NYU Venture Competition
- Social Venture Competition
- NYU Innovation Venture Fund
- Venture Coaching and Programs
(formerly known as University Research Challenge Fund (URCF))
The NYU Research Catalyst Prize (RCP), formerly known as 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
The Teaching Advancement Grant (TAG) seeks to build upon the success of an earlier fund, the Curricular Development Challenge Fund (CDCF) that has now been sunsetted. TAG’s innovative collaboration model will impact classrooms across NYU (and potentially other universities) by developing measurable, evidence-based, and effective classroom practices capable of improving student learning in a variety of contexts.
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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
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: Trinh Eng
The Climate Change Research Seed Grants support collaborative research projects by NYU faculty. These awards are meant to foster collaborative, impactful research on climate change that has the potential to attract extramural funding. For examples of funded projects, see the 2021 Seed Grant Awardee webpage. NYU full-time (including tenured, tenure-track, and contract) faculty in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai are eligible to apply. Collaborations with School of Medicine faculty are encouraged, and SOM faculty may be co-PIs.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research the Humanities Mega-Grant Seed Fund Competition, designed to aid NYU faculty and researchers in securing mega-grants ($175,000+) for collaborative research and projects in the humanities. Seed funding can be used to cover conference and meeting-related expenses (including travel), the hiring of graduate or research assistants, inter-university collaboration, services from external consultants, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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 at the Challenge webpage.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 startup sprint page to learn more.