Community Collaborative Award

This award provides up to $15,000 in direct costs for one year and supports collaboration between researchers at Steinhardt and community-based organizations, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, schools or other community-based entities. The assumption is that the research cannot be implemented without participation by both the researcher and partner(s). The award seeks to encourage partnerships outside the NYU community that will provide a foundation to address important research questions within these community settings and that will potentially lead to the development of funding from external sources.

Criteria for Evaluation

Reviewers will evaluate the Community Collaborative Award applications for:

  • The extent to which the proposed work is community-based or centered
  • The extent to which the results will contribute to advancing external collaborations and partnerships
  • Agreement by the proposed community partner to participate in the work being proposed (letter of support and collaboration from community-based entity must be included)
  • Clear delineation of the role of the researcher and community-based entity in conducting the work
  • Significance and potential for advancing the field of study and enhancing the translation of theory to practice
  • Innovation in approach, methods, and concept
  • Well-specified research problem
  • Feasibility of the conceptual framework, plan, and methodology
  • Experience and potential of the project investigator to conduct the proposed research
  • Dissemination plans
Eligibility and Restrictions
  • All full-time Steinhart faculty members are eligible to apply
  • Faculty members may not receive an award from the same award program (Arts and Culture, Community Collaborative, etc.) two years in a row.
  • If funded, the collaborating institution may receive funds directly from the Steinhardt School in accordance with New York University's Controllers Division Business Expenses Policy 1.3.
  • Awards may not exceed 12 months.
  • Final proposals due March 20, 2017.
  • Submission Prodecures and other information.
Previously Funded Projects Abstracts


Community Collaborative Proposal Elements

Application Face Page

Please provide a 500-word project abstract.

Project Description

The Project Description should not exceed 5 pages (minimum Arial 11 pt font, 1/2" margins, single spaced) including all pictures, graphs, and tables. Please include the following four sections in the body of the proposal:

  • Background and Significance: Describe the present state of knowledge in the area of study. Provide a rationale for this study and describe the impact/significance of the proposed project on the state of knowledge in its field.
  • Program Overview, Design, and Procedures: Describe the project aims and goals and how these relate to the present state of knowledge. Describe the methodology and the procedures that will be employed, including a detailed description of study participants (if relevant), measures to be utilized, and analytic plan.   
  • Project plan.  Provide a detailed procedure for executing the work, including the roles the investigator(s) will play in undertaking this study and the roles of other individuals who will be involved in the project.  If human subjects are used provide a description of how participant rights will be protected in light of both NYU and community-based IRB procedures. Describe the role that students will play in this project.
  • Dissemination: Provide a detailed explanation of how and to whom findings will be disseminated. Provide a description of potential external funding which will be sought based on the findings of this study.

Provide a timeline for completing the study.

Community Partnership

A letter of support and collaboration from the community-based entity must be included. If the community partner is to receive a portion of the monetary award a separate budget and justification must be provided for the sub-award.

Curriculum Vita

5-page limit

Other Funding

Please provide a full list of external and internal funding received in the past 3 years (include Challenge Grants, Discretionary Funds, University Grants, and external grants received).


On required form, please list necessary costs utilizing provided budget template. Costs may include such items as salary for student research assistants (which must include fringe benefits), travel necessary to the project, fieldwork expenses, computer time, consultation. Salary for the PI is limited to 10% of the total award, exclusive of fringe. Funding cannot be used for equipment. Include a one-page budget justification explaining the purpose of each line item.