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Steinhardt's Office of Research is committed to nurturing faculty scholarship across the diverse disciplinary areas of Steinhardt. As such, the Steinhardt Research Challenge Grants are intended to support faculty investigators by offering competitive awards in five specific funding priority areas: arts and culture, community collaboration, global research, research development, and cross-departmental collaboration. Awards are $10,000 and funded projects are one year in duration, beginning September 1. Applications are due the first Friday of March for the next award year.

Arts and Culture Awards

Supports the development of projects 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

Supports the development of 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

Supports the development of global research. 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 will also be considered.

Research Development Awards

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

Track 1 (Research Focus): Supports research collaborations across faculty from different fields and 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-PIs.
Track 2 (Course Design Focus): The fund will support the co-development of new courses, or the revision of existing courses, by faculty across Departments.  Courses may use a variety of pedagogical techniques and learning tools to help students pursue interdisciplinary modes of inquiry into topics that reflect Steinhardt's academic mission. Preference will be given to proposals that contribute to Steinhardt's undergraduate liberal arts core or courses that would serve graduate students across multiple programs.