Working Groups

The IHDSC working group program gathers diverse faculty and researchers to achieve intellectual and practical goals aligned with our mission. Working groups are faculty-initiated, include scholars from multiple disciplines, and involve collaboration toward a specific goal. Successful applicants are provided resources to support agreed-upon activities over a 1-year period. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2019.

Products & Goals

Proposed working groups must establish a defined product or goal before any funding will be provided. Specific products or goals can be decided upon after initial planning meetings are held with IHDSC staff. Examples of goals and products include:

  • Submitting grant proposals
  • Publishing a special journal issue
  • Writing blog posts for On the Ground
  • Organizing a policy convening 

Funding Priorities

We prioritize proposals that feature two or more of the following components:

  • Groups led or co-led by early-career investigators 
  • Contributions to IHDSC initiatives, such as On the Ground or IHDSC-sponsored events
  • New interdisciplinary teams
  • Partnerships with community based organizations, non-profit organizations, NGOs, government agencies, or external groups focused on policy or practice
  • Faculty or investigators who are new to IHDSC and/or NYU


All proposed working groups should fit within at least one of IHDSC's focus areas, and also meet the requirements listed below:

  • Proposals must be interdisciplinary, and include faculty or researchers with expertise in theoretical and analytical approaches from multiple disciplines. 
  • At least one group member must be an NYU faculty member with an appointment in one of IHDSC's core participating schools: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; Arts & Science; Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service
  • Working groups must establish a defined product or goal before any funding will be provided. Specific products or goals can be decided upon after initial meetings are held with IHDSC. Examples of products or goals include a grant proposal, policy convening, edited volume or special journal issue, series of blog posts, a video about policy or practice relevant research, a podcast episode, a small conference, or other events.

Additional Information

As long as the above requirements are met, groups can include members from the wider IHDSC or NYU community, including faculty, research staff, or graduate students. Groups should be small enough to be productive, large enough to need support, and diverse enough to break new ground.

Submit a working group proposal to IHDSC

Process & Next Steps

Following your initial submission, IHDSC staff may reach out to schedule a meeting. The meeting will serve as an opportunity for IHDSC to provide feedback on your idea, connect you with potential working group members from other departments or disciplines, discuss potential products or goals, and identify any resources that the working group might require (staff support, space, funds). After the meeting, you will be asked to submit a final brief application that includes a final working group summary, a list of members, a specific product or goal, and a proposed timeline for completion.

Below, working groups are listed by faculty member, NYU unit, and working group title, followed by a brief description of the group activities and goals.

IHDSC Working Groups Fall 2016

Achieving the intended outcomes of policies and programs to support children and families is largely driven by the ability/quality of the workforce across settings (e.g., education, medicine, juvenile justice). There is a growing recognition that many workforces are under-prepared to achieve the goals of their work. This working group is comprised of faculty across NYU who are deeply invested in supporting workforces in order to help them reach their potential and thereby optimize outcomes for children and their families. The focus of this working group is to foster discussions that lead to the dissemination of knowledge regarding lessons learned in various contexts about workforce development and support. We anticipate submitting a proposal for a special issue for a journal focused on the issue of workforce development in Fall 2017.