The purpose of Steinhardt School Challenge Grants is to provide support for the work that you are undertaking during the 2016-17 academic year. We hope such support will help provide the basis for your research and creative endeavors which will allow you to pursue funding from external public and private sources. The Office of Research is committed to nurturing research and creative expression at Steinhardt, and we look forward to working with you on these and all future efforts. 

Challenge Grants in Brief

Arts and Culture Awards
Funding: Up to $10,000
Supports the development of projects which might not receive funding under traditional grant mechanisms. Such projects could include scholarship in the fields of art and music (including aesthetic experimentation in both creating and performing); work related to communications and media studies; critical, theoretical and/or historical studies of art, music, and media; or other projects that will enhance one's creative scholarship in the areas of art and culture.

Community Collaborative Award
Funding: Up to $15,000
Supports partnerships that will provide a foundation for addressing important research questions within non-university-based settings. Specifically, this award is intended to encourage partnerships between researchers at Steinhardt and those from community-based partners (e.g. health care providers, nonprofit organizations, schools or other community-based organizations). Potential recipients of this award should consider this as the first step in building “research practice partnerships,” which are increasingly attractive for federal and philanthropic funding initiatives.

Global Research Incubator Award
Funding: Up to $10,000
Supports the development of faculty global research through small-scale, pilot, or formative studies. Successful proposals will show evidence of how support from this award will catalyze projects to longer-term success. Proposals may initiate a new line of research with a global perspective or introduce a global component into an existing research agenda. We anticipate that most funded projects will take place abroad, but exceptional proposals for US-based projects with an international/global dimension may be considered for funding.

Research Development Awards
Funding: Up to $10,000
Supports the development of research projects with the goal of translating this work into strong long-term externally-sponsored funding opportunities. Applications will be reviewed more favorably if they include a strong plan to secure external funding at the conclusion of this project. This award is especially targeted to junior faculty who can benefit from seed support to launch their programs of research. 

Steinhardt Cross-Department Collaborative Award
Funding: Up to $15,000
Supports collaboration across faculty from different departments within Steinhardt. Intended to leverage the unique features of Steinhardt’s diversity, this funding opportunity is meant to facilitate connections between scholars that have not previously worked together in order to conduct interdisciplinary research as co-investigators. While other mechanisms will be reviewed relative to likelihood of further funding, this mechanism is intended to support more innovative ideas that may be more difficult to fund in later phases (and therefore further funding will be prioritized less heavily in the review of applications for this mechanism). 

Diversity Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Pilot Initiative)
Funding: $42,800 (Note: Matching funds of $42,800 required)
Duration: Up to 2 years with funding of $42,800 per year
This award augments the Provost’s Postdoctoral Program for Academic Diversity by offering “Steinhardt Research Fellows” that are co-funded between the School and external grant funds. We regard this program as an opportunity to attract, to our intellectual community, those promising scholars whose backgrounds, research experience, and training will contribute significantly to academic excellence at NYU while also strengthening our commitment to inclusion and diversity by bringing in scholars from underrepresented minority groups to Steinhardt.