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 range from $10,000 to $15,000 and funded projects are one year in duration, beginning September 1.

Challenge Grants in Brief

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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).