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The 2023 deadline for applications has passed (Friday, March 24).


NYU Steinhardt is committed to funding new awards that support the development of promising scholarship and convenings that foster the health, development, and wellbeing of people and communities around the world, and when relevant, that aid Steinhardt faculty in securing external funding for these groundbreaking projects. Awards are up to $10,000 over one year (September 1 - August 31) with funding decisions announced in early May.

Funding Priorities

Proposals that feature the following criteria will receive priority consideration:

  • Interdisciplinary work or collaboration between researchers and community partners
  • Early career faculty (e.g., receipt of doctorate within the past seven years)
  • Potential to lead to external funding or social impact
  • Work that aligns with school and university equity goals



All full-time Steinhardt faculty (tenure-track, clinical) and other scholars with PI status are eligible to apply. Applicants must not have received Steinhardt Faculty Challenge Grant funding within the two previous years.



The review committee will evaluate proposals by considering the following criteria and may seek comments from other colleagues at the University:

  • Significance of and potential for advancing the relevant field.
  • Clarity of the aim, question, or problem.
  • Experience and potential of the team to conduct the proposed project.
  • Attention to equity in approach, methods, and/or concept.
  • Creativity in approach, methods, and/or concept.
  • Feasibility of the project.
  • Potential for leading to external funding or social impact.
  • Dissemination plans.


Grantee Expectations

Recipients are required to report and present on the outcomes of their funded project, and to participate in Steinhardt research, department, or center-sponsored activities and initiatives relevant to their award.