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IHDSC Seed Award Program

We provide seed funding to new projects that fall under one or more of our five focus areas:

  • Education and Child Development
  • Race, Poverty, and Inequality
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Justice and Welfare Systems
  • Research, Policy, and Practice Partnerships

We prioritize proposals that include:

  • A connection to IHDSC’s “Unraveling Inequality, Expanding Opportunity” theme
  • Early-career investigators 
  • Faculty or investigators who are new to IHDSC and/or NYU
  • New interdisciplinary teams 
  • Partnerships with community based organizations, non-profit organizations, NGOs, government agencies, or external groups focused on policy or practice

IHDSC is thrilled to announce the six recipients of the 2019-2020 Seed Awards!

This year, IHDSC is pleased to fund six new projects that bridge multiple domains of expertise and further the mission of the Institute. This year, we've prioritized research that aligns with our theme of "Unraveling Inequality, Expanding Opportunity" as part of NYU’s Cross-Cutting Initiative on Inequality, funded by the Office of the President.

Learn About Our Seed Award Recipients
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Seed Award Stories:

Gauging Americans’ Feelings on Inequality and Social Mobility

How do Americans reconcile their optimistic beliefs about chances for social mobility and economic equality with the day-to-day reality of remarkably unequal distributions of economic rewards and mobility opportunities? Leveraging the power of experimental design and large online surveys, Dr. Siwei Cheng and PhD student Fangqi Wen probed Americans’ often-times paradoxical and puzzling beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions about economic equality and social mobility.

Research Partnerships: Dr. Dillon & MoMath

Dr. Moira Dillon and Cindy Lawrence, Executive Director of the National Museum of Mathematics, received an IHDSC Seed Award to recruit children for interactive in-museum experiments to investigate how children reason about the general properties of geometric figures. Dillon and Lawrence talk about the process of developing their research partnership.

Seed Award Spotlight: Dr. Natasha Strassfeld

Dr. Strassfeld’s pilot project, supported by the IHDSC Seed Award program, examines the experiences of professionals who work within the portions of the Cuyahoga County’s court system that serves incarcerated or detained youth.