Faculty Challenge Grant

Submission Requirements, Deadlines, and Other Information

Submission Procedures

Letters of Intent for all awards indicating the title of the project, short abstract, and the award for which you are applying are required for all submissions and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2018. Letters of Intent should be emailed to steinhardt.research@nyu.edu.

Please submit proposals electronically no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2018 to steinhardt.research@nyu.edu.

Prior to that time, Research Office staff will be available to assist investigators with budget preparation, proposal production, preparation of human subjects materials, etc. The investigator must obtain the approval of her/his chair before final submission.

Please use the Proposal Application Cover Page for all submissions.


Please list necessary costs in a one-page line item budget. Costs may include such items as salary for student research assistants, fringe benefits, travel necessary to the project, fieldwork expenses, computer time, consultation, participant incentives, etc. Include a budget justification explaining the purpose of each line item.

Awards will range from $10,000 to $15,000. Please contact steinhardt.research@nyu.edu for assistance in preparing these materials.

Human Subjects

We expect many proposals will include the participation of human subjects. Investigators should note that the New York University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects must review and approve all funded proposals. Investigators are strongly encouraged to apply for human subjects approval shortly after the application is submitted. Please note that if there are human subjects included in the proposal, we cannot award funding until NYU has granted human subjects approval. The Office of Research must receive a copy of the UCAIHS approval before we will release funds.

More Information about Human Subjects.

Review Procedures

The NYU Steinhardt Challenge Review Committee, composed of a cross-section of scholars, will consider and review all proposals as per standard guidelines for peer review. The Committee members will undertake comprehensive evaluations of all proposals, identifying those they believe to be most meritorious using standard peer review process. The committee will transmit information about the proposals to the Office of Research. The Office of Research will make final determination of awards based on merit and availability of funds. We will notify all applicants of decisions and peer review comments by the end of May.


We will offer awards of one year’s duration in time to start on September 1, 2017. It is our expectation that projects will be completed by August 31, 2018. 

Please forward any proposed budget revisions, with an accompanying explanation, to steinhardt.research@nyu.edu for School clearance and approval.


All investigators must provide a one-page progress report to the Steinhardt Office of Research within 60 days after the completion of the funding cycle. We may ask recipients of Challenge Awards to present findings at a Steinhardt research forum.

Due Dates and submission

Letters of intent indicating the title of the project and the award for which you are applying are required and must be sent via email no later than February 1, 2018.

Final proposals are due via email on March 1, 2018.

Electronic Submission:
  • In effort to reduce our environmental impact, the Office of Research Requests that both Letters of Intent and Final Proposals be submitted electronically as one PDF file to steinhardt.research@nyu.edu.
  • The file name must include the award mechanism title (AC, CC, CDC, GRI, KZ, RD,) followed by the principal investigators last name.  If you have any problems converting your proposal into a single file with all the required parts please contact the Office of Research for assistance. 

Project Descriptions are limited to 5 pages and must include the criteria and sections listed for each individual award mechanism.  The criteria can be found in the 2017-2018 Faculty Challenge Grants Call for Applications. 

Please contact the Office of Research at with any questions you have regarding the Faculty Challenge Grants Program.  

Email: steinhardt.research@nyu.edu