Dean's Research Grant


Established in 2014, the NYU School of Professional Studies Dean’s Research Grant Program (formerly the Dean's Faculty Development Fund), aims to support faculty research at the School. Scholarly and applied research are critical additions to faculty teaching in the classroom, and to expanding the School’s role as a thought leader in industry. A fund of $50,000 per year will be dedicated toward this important initiative. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support selected proposals. 


  • Only SPS full-time faculty members are eligible for this award. Adjunct faculty may partner with a full-time faculty member on a research project.

  • There are no restrictions on rank/title, years of service, and/or prior research


  • All applications are self-nominations (you do not need to be nominated by fellow faculty).

  • A Selection Committee appointed by the SPS Dean will review all submissions and send finalists for consideration to the Dean. 
    • The Committee may request additional information and suggest changes to the proposal before providing a recommendation to the Dean. 
  • Proposals with research that involves human subjects (see decision tree here) will receive a conditional approval pending receipt of an exemption or approval letter from the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (UCAIHS)

  • Note: All proposals will be evaluated on merit ONLY. Awardees will not be selected according to department size or any other criteria.


  • Application available: November 15, 2019

  • Deadline for submission: March 13, 2020

  • Recipients award notification: May 2020


  • Funds are typically available as of September 1,  and are generally disbursed as reimbursements. However, advances for anticipated expenses may also be issued.

  • Applicants who receive a conditional approval will not have access to any funds until all conditions have been satisfied. Recipients must submit any notifications of meeting the conditions to the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs at

  • Funds are time limited to one academic year (September 1 – August 31) and are subject to faculty reappointment.
  • Recipients of a grant will be required to submit ORIGINAL receipts for all reimbursements and/or advances.

  • Recipients will be personally responsible for paying approved expenses for which original receipts are not submitted or that exceed the grant limit and for all unapproved expenses. All reimbursements/advances must follow NYU's Expense Reimbursement Policy.

Recipient Responsibilities

  • Awardees are required to present findings near the end of the proposed project and may be asked to serve on the Dean’s Research Grant Program Selection Committee during the following year.

  • Recipients may be contacted to provide periodic updates that may appear in the faculty newsletter, annual report, online, etc.

Related Policies

Research with Human Subjects

Does Your Project Require IRB Approval?

Expense Reimbursement Policy


Last Updated: November, 26 2019