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, Wen-Jui Han

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

There are multiple sources of pilot/seed money funding within NYU for social work related research. These include (a) the Dean's Upstream Research Seed Fund Program, (b) the SSSW Office for Research Seed Money Program, (c) the University Research Challenge Fund, and (d) the Humanities Initiative Grants-In-Aid program. View the general NYU Webpage describing campus-wide available research funds.


The Dean's Upstream Research Seed Fund aims to support early scientific activity that draws from prevention science and offers high promise of yielding new evidence-based prevention strategies that address concerns of the social work profession and those whom we serve.

The program will provide support for one or more early stage studies on an annual basis in order to “incubate” novel prevention strategies (along with their supporting evidence) that show strong promise of leading to subsequent extramural funding for testing and/or dissemination of an impactful and innovative strategy. The proposed research should advance scientific knowledge in the fields of social work and prevention science more generally and can be focused on a single outcome or a constellation of outcomes. Funding can be proposed to support an envisioned new line of prevention research, or to conduct new research as an offshoot/novel extension of an existing research study or studies.

Funds will be available for up to $25K per project, with some flexibility. The due date for application submission for round 2 of this funding mechanism is December 1, 2018,  with an earliest start date of March 1, 2019. Learn more about the details of the program.

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 15th, 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. The program has been re-released with a later deadline, September 15, 2019.  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.

NYU Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities 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.