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The Professional Development Fund provides quick-turnaround grants to support faculty research, artistic work, and professional activities that serve to advance the school's research mission. Priority will be given to requests that align with University and school initiatives, and to faculty with limited access to other funds. Professional Development Funds are awarded in two categories: 1) support for activities designed to enhance the competitiveness of an upcoming proposal (e.g., grant writing, proofreading, graphic design, or coordinating an external review); and 2) general support for professional development activities that align with the school's research mission. Awards are intended to support short-term undertakings and must be spent before August 31 of the academic year in which they are awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

For consideration, faculty should submit a brief proposal that details the nature of the project and addresses the relevance to the school's research mission. The proposal should state if the faculty member has received NYU or Steinhardt research support in the previous two years. Faculty members may not receive more than $3,000 in support from the Professional Development Fund in any two-year period.

Evaluation Criteria

All requests will be reviewed and approved by the Executive Director of the Office of Research.

These funds are competitive.  Applications will be given priority in the review process if they:

Support the faculty member in achieving tenure and/or promotion

Involve dissemination of creative work or scholarship (e.g., conference travel, CD production, book/report publishing, etc.)

Are aligned with school priorities in terms of building interconnections across disciplines or departments, having a global reach, or supporting technological innovation

Are difficult to fund through traditional means (i.e., external and internal grants and awards). In short, these awards should fill a gap in current funding opportunities.