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NYU Internal Funding for Research

Research Assistantship Funding

OFR Program for Allocation of Work Study Research Assistants

The Silver School of Social Work Office for Research (OFR) has a program to provide work study research assistants to support faculty in their research efforts for unfunded research that facilitates the development of a faculty member’s research program. These funds are subject to the availability of work study positions in the school, which fluctuate from year to year. (The pilot/seed money programs listed below can be used for assistantship funding independent of the work study program). View details of the program.

Doctoral Program Assistantships

The doctoral program in the Silver School of Social Work routinely awards 20 hour per week research assistantships to students during their first two years of study. These students are assigned a faculty mentor, who then incorporates the student into his or her research program. If you are interested in participating in this program, contact the chair of the doctoral program, Vincent Guilamo-Ramos.

The PhD doctoral program also encourages students to apply for external fellowships and assistantships through a variety of programs. For details, contact staff in the PhD doctoral program (learn more about the program).

Pilot/Seed Money Programs

The McSilver Pilot Fund Program

The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research makes available on a periodic basis research funds for all full-time NYU faculty to support small-scale pilot studies that facilitate the mission of the Institute. The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research conducts, promotes, and disseminates interdisciplinary applied research to address root causes of, effects of, and responses to poverty. Maximum awards are typically $10,000. Read about details of the program and application procedures.

The SSSW Office for Research Seed Money Program

The Silver School of Social Work (SSSW) Office for Research makes available each year research funds for faculty in the SSSW. The program provides funds for small-scale pilot research that facilitates the development of a faculty member’s research program. In addition, requests for "bridge" funding are considered. Applications for funds are considered once a year, due April 1, although exceptions are made if exceptional circumstances dictate (in the spirit of the NIH Rapid Response Grants, where the topic requires a rapid response to an event, such as a natural disaster). Maximum awards are typically $20,000. View details of the program.

The University Research Challenge Fund

The University Research Challenge Fund is a campus-wide program for pilot/seed money for research. The program is administered by the University Research Challenge Fund Advisory Committee, composed of senior faculty reflecting a cross-section of disciplines at the University. The program was developed (a) to serve as an incentive for investigators to explore new areas of research that are likely to attract outside support and (b) to support those engaging in productive scholarship in areas where there are few sources of support. Most awards do not exceed $15,000. A few larger awards may be considered if there is compelling justification, with a maximum of $20,000. Applications are typically due in mid December. Read the details of the program.

The Humanities Initiative Fund

The Humanities Initiative Fund is a campus-wide program that makes available a limited number of grants in support of projects with a humanistic focus. Specifically intended to augment the funds of schools and departments, these Grants-in-Aid provide financial assistance for special class activities, publication costs, and special events such as conferences, symposia, and seminars. Applications are usually due in October and March with a maximum award of $5,000. Learn more about details of the program.

The Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund

The Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund supports faculty, doctoral and post-doctoral-initiated research on a competitive basis and is administered by the Executive Vice President for Health. Awards are made in a single round of competition. Five awards of up to $15,000 each are typical. The submission deadline is usually in July. The purpose of the fund is to (a) serve as an incentive for junior faculty, doctoral students and/or post-docs to explore new areas of global public health research that are likely to attract outside support, and (b) to support junior faculty engaging in productive global public health scholarship in areas where there are few sources of existing support. Learn more about the program. Download the application form.

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