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

Because research universities are defined by a commitment to generate knowledge through inquiry, investigation, and discovery, courses that engage students in thinking creatively and analytically are more congruous with the mission of a research university than those that merely transmit information and facts.

Accordingly, taking into account the criteria for selection listed below, we seek to use the Fund to support efforts in the classroom that contribute to making research, scholarship, and artistic creation a central component of both undergraduate and graduate education through a movement away from a more traditional lecturing and note-taking approach to a more inquiry- or problem-based collaborative approach in which problem solving, joint projects, teamwork, and cooperative learning are emphasized. Often such inquiry-based approaches are well served by the innovative use of technology and the unique resources of New York City.

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

Proposal deadline has been extended to December 16, 2020 for Spring 2021.

AY22 application dates will be posted in September. Please continue to check the webpage for updates.

*Curricular Development Challenge Fund grants are not available for faculty research projects. Research Challenge Fund grants are administered by the Office of the Provost.

Please note: The Office of Global Programs administers a separate development fund for faculty at the University's global sites. Visit Global Faculty Fund for more information.

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