Faculty Challenge Grant

Global Research Incubator Award

Up to 4 awards

These awards provide up to $10,000 in total costs to support the development of faculty global research through small-scale, pilot, or formative studies. Successful proposals will show evidence of how support from the Global Research Incubator 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.

Criteria for evaluation

Reviewers will evaluate Global Research Incubator Award applications for:

  • Significance, intellectual merit, and potential for opening new directions of research
  • How the proposed research promotes a global perspective in the field of study, may contribute to globalizing curricula in your program of study, or lead to longer-term, funded, international research collaborations
  • Strength of rationale for the location of the project's work
  • Feasibility of the conceptual framework, plan and methodology; well specified research problem
  • Experience and potential of the project investigator to conduct the proposed research
  • Dissemination plans for outcomes and findings
  • Potential for future extramural funding
Eligibility and Restrictions
  • All full-time Steinhardt faculty members are eligible to apply
  • Faculty members may not receive an award from the same award program (e.g., Arts and Culture, Research Development, Global Research Incubator, etc.) two years in a row.
  • Awards may not exceed 12 months.
  • As at NYU in New York, research abroad involving human subjects requires IRB approval or exemption. 
  • Letter of intent must be submitted by February 10, 2016, with final proposals due March 7, 2016.
  • Submission Prodecures and other information.

Global Research Incubator Award 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 and address all issues:

  • 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.
  • Rationale for Location of Study: Why must this study take place in the proposed location? How is the location integral to the research project?  What skills, experience and connections (collaborators) does the PI have in the location?  How is the site suitable for the research?
  • Project Overview, Design, and Procedures: Describe the project aims and goals and how these relate to the present state of knowledge. Describe the methodology and procedures that will be employed, including a detailed description of study participants, measures to be utilized, analytic plan, and the roles the investigator(s) will play in undertaking this study. Provide a detailed procedure for executing the work, and the 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, if any.
  • Dissemination and Future FundingProvide a detailed explanation of how findings will be utilized and disseminated. Provide a description of potential external funding which will be sought based on the findings of this study, including funds accessed through international collaborators (foreign government or university awards).

Provide a timeline for completing the study.

Curriculum Vitae 

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).  

Provide details on any other funding currently being sought for this project and explain how all funds would be used together, if awarded.  

Please note that the following grant funding sources for global research also exist at NYU:


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. Funding cannot be used for PI salary or equipment. Include a one-page budget justification explaining the purpose of each line item.