The Faculty Research Fund (FRF) provides support for faculty in their work as researchers, scholars, and creative practitioners. It awards grants for developing or implementing a research project, a professional practice, or a creative project that requires travel, equipment and supplies, dissemination, and other project-related expenses. Grants are awarded on the basis of available resources each year. Selections are made at the recommendation of a faculty committee representing a range of fields and expertise.
In the 2023–2024 cycle, priority consideration will be given to:
Projects developed by junior members of the faculty that provide opportunities for research careers (junior faculty include probationary, tenure-track, and EE-track faculty and RTAs in their first or second term at The New School)
Projects for which external funding is planned and for which FRF funds can serve as seed money and/or a matching grant
In addition, the FRF welcomes:
Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals from teams of two or more faculty members from different fields, departments, or schools of The New School
Projects that relate or speak to themes or topics identified in the university’s mission and vision statement, as outlined in its strategic plan
Projects can begin no earlier than July 1, 2023, and must be completed by June 30, 2024; all expenses must be made within this one-year period.
Award amounts are determined on the basis of the project budget, the number of awards made, and the availability of funds.
- Grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded for proposals from one or two principal investigators/project directors.
- Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for proposals from three or more principal investigators/project directors.
Recommended grantees may not receive the full requested amount. A clear and detailed project budget is strongly recommended.
If you are awarded an FRF grant, you will be required to:
- Conduct your project in accordance with all relevant research compliance and institutional, state, and federal policies
- Have clear outcomes/deliverables
- Submit a final outcomes report within 90 days of the end of the grant period
Awardees may be asked to present their work at the end of the grant period or participate in future faculty development workshops.
All grant recipients are expected to meet within 180 days after the end of the grant period and discuss the possibility of developing and submitting at least one proposal for external funding through The New School. It is understandable that some projects may not lead to an external proposal, but it is strongly recommended that awardees work toward that goal after their FRF award ends. The Office of Research Support can provide a list of potential external funding opportunities, RFPs, and submission deadlines, as well as help with any pre-award support for external proposal preparation, grant writing, budget building, and proposal review and submission.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact [email protected].
This funding program is open to principal members of the full-time faculty, including those faculty with the following full-time appointments: tenure, tenure track, extended employment, extended employment track, and renewable term appointment. The program is also open to part-time faculty who are covered by the Local 7902 contract with post-probationary, annual, multi-year, or grandparented status and part-time faculty who are covered by the Local 802 contract with a minimum of 4 semesters of classroom appointments. Parsons Paris full-time faculty are also eligible.
Visiting faculty, faculty in the final year of a fixed-term contract, postdoctoral fellows, and university administrators are ineligible to apply for funding.
Applications to develop or implement a research project, a professional practice, or a creative project that requires travel, training, or other forms of support are eligible for FRF grants. See the full list of previously funded projects below to get a sense of those proposals that have received funding.
Funds are available for individual and for collaborative faculty projects; interdisciplinary proposals from teams of two or more faculty members from different fields, departments, or colleges at The New School are particularly encouraged. The FRF also continues to give priority to proposals from junior faculty and proposals for which external funding is planned or expected. For proposals involving more than one faculty member, at least one of the project investigators must have experience or a track record (demonstrated in the narrative and CV) in obtaining external research or project funding.
What kinds of projects are ineligible?
- Course development, public programs or events, conference attendance, or publishers’ subventions for already completed projects;
- University center and institute projects that already receive core funding from internal sources; Projects that have already received support from the FRF grant program.
Additionally, an applicant can only be the lead project investigator on one application to the FRF annually. Other core faculty listed in a proposal can be listed as part of the team for a separate collaborative proposal, however.
Access the application form and fill in all required information. Once the form is completed, please submit your application by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 3, 2023.
A group of finalists is selected after an initial review of applications received. The finalists may be asked for more detailed information about their projects. For applications submitted by teams of faculty, one person must be identified as the principal contact person.
A blank copy of the FRF application form can be found here.
- Completed application form
- Each applicant's CV
- References (at least one reference must be submitted with your application)
- Application deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023
- Awards announced: week of May 15, 2023
- Earliest start date for funded projects: July 1, 2023
- Completion date for funded projects: June 30, 2024