NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC)
December 8, 2017 at 5PM
The IHDSC seed program provides support for faculty members to jumpstart new programs of multidisciplinary research. The University recognizes that scholars who take up the challenge of conducting interdisciplinary research often need support to conduct preliminary research before they can develop larger proposals for funding. As such, IHDSC is committed to supporting faculty with funding for new projects that bridge multiple domains of expertise while furthering the mission of IHDSC. This year, we are also pleased to include a priority for projects that involve collaboration with community based organizations or government agency partners.
Proposed research projects must fit within the research focus areas of the Institute, which include the following:
- Poverty and inequality
- Education and child development
- Health and wellbeing
- Social policy in local, national, and global contexts
Projects should focus on basic change processes in human development, and how these processes are affected by educational, social, economic, historical, political, and cultural contexts. Projects may also explore how human development processes might be altered by intentional change strategies, interventions, or policy.
Research projects that also include one or more of the following components will be given priority:
- Projects led by junior faculty / junior investigators
- Projects led by faculty or investigators that are new to IHDSC and/or NYU
- Projects led by new teams (i.e. teams of investigators that haven’t collaborated in the past)
- Projects that include collaboration with an external partner focused on policy or practice (community based organizations, non-profit organizations, NGOs, or government agencies)
- All full-time, tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply. Research Scientists who have PI status are also eligible to apply.
- At least one of the lead investigators must be from one of the core schools affiliated with IHDSC: the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Faculty of Arts and Science, or the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service
- Proposals must draw upon theoretical and analytic approaches from multiple disciplines.
- A letter with the chair’s signature or review/approval from OSP is NOT required.
- Previous IHDSC seed grant awardees cannot reapply for funding for the same project.
*Please note that seed award recipients will be required to submit proposals through IHDSC, or as collaborative proposals through IHDSC and another unit at NYU.*
Awards typically range from $5,000-$15,000, and will not exceed $20,000. Award size depends on the proposed scope of work. Funds are not permitted for faculty support. Budgeted expenses may include wages for student assistants, fringe benefits, travel related to data collection, fieldwork expenses, computer time, consultation, hourly assistance, etc.
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