• Faculty Research Fund

    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.

    Program Priorities

    In the 2018-2019 cycle, priority consideration will be given to:

    • Projects developed by junior members of the faculty that provide opportunities for research careers (probationary, tenure-track, and EE-track faculty and RTAs in their first or second term at The New School are defined as junior faculty);
    • 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 encourages:

    • 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, 2018, and must be completed by June 30, 2019; all expenses must be made within this one-year period.

    Award Amounts

    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 1-2 principal investigators/project directors;
    • Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for proposals from 3 or more principal investigators/project directors.

    Recommended grantees may not receive the full requested amount. A clear and detailed project budget is highly recommended.

    Award Requirements

    If you are awarded an FRF grant you will be required, in addition to conducting your project in accordance with all relevant research compliance and institutional, state and federal policies, to meet the following requirements:

    • Within 90 days after the end of the grant period, all grant recipients will be expected to develop and submit at least one proposal for external funding through The New School. The Office of Research Support can provide a list of potential external funding opportunities, RFPs and submission deadlines.
    • Funded projects must have clear outcomes/deliverables, and all grant recipients are required to 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.


    Please contact Miranda Tuckett at researchsupport@newschool.edu with any questions or comments. 

  • Eligibility

    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.

    What kinds of projects are eligible?

    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.

    Application Process

    Download the application form and fill in all required information. Once completed, email the completed application form and your CV to researchsupport.edu by 5:00 p.m. EST on the deadline date.

    A group of finalists are 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.

    Application Checklist

    • Completed application form
    • Each applicant's CV
    • References (at least one reference must be submitted with your application)


    • Application deadline: Monday, January 22, 2018
    • Awards announced: late April 2018
    • Earliest start date for funded projects: July 1, 2018
    • Completion date for funded projects: June 30, 2019

  • Faculty Research Fund Awards

    Awards for 2016-2017

    Mark Greif, Associate Professor of Literary Studies, Eugene Lang College, and Howard Steele, Professor of Psychology, NSSR, and Co-Director of the Center for Attachment Research. A collaborative team grant supports "The Origin and Impact of Fictional Worlds," an interdisciplinary research project to empirically study how our representations of fictional characters can shape how we think about others and our society.

    Selena Kimball, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art Practice, Parsons. A grant supports "A Botanical Imaginary: The Plants of Kham," an artist's book and exhibition re-envisioning the plants native to the historical region of Kham, using photographs and illustrations to reimagine the area that lies on the present-day border between Tibet and China.

    Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela, Assistant Professor of History, Lang. A grant supports "Sculpting the American Self: Wellness Culture in the Postwar United States," an archives-based project exploring the history of fitness and wellness culture within the United States since the 1950s, and the related notions of moral, civic, and spiritual value that have accompanied Americans' various "body projects."

    Laura Sansone, Assistant Professor of Alternative Fashion Systems, Parsons. A grant supports "Farm to Fashion NYS Fiber Sourcebook," a project to develop a single resource fiber sourcebook and online database to help connect fashion brands to fiber farmers and mills in New York State and thereby help in the development of the local farm-to-fashion economy.  

    Joel Schlemowitz, Part-Time Associate Teaching Professor of Media Studies, SPE. A grant supports "The Curiosity Cabinet," a feature-length experimental documentary film exploring historical and contemporary "curiosity cabinets," from the personal micro-museums of unusual objects of the Renaissance through modern spaces created toward the individual's pursuit of knowledge.

    Deva Woodly, Assistant Professor of Politics, NSSR, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Politics, Eugene Lang College. A grant supports "What We Talk About When We Talk About the Economy," a research project that employs a multi-methodological approach to investigate democratic discourse and language about the economy within contemporary American society.

    Awards for 2015-2016

    Banu Bargu, Associate Professor of Politics, NSSR. A grant of $5,400 supports Social Justice in the Vernacular? Rethinking Universality with Anticapitalist Muslims in Turkey, which will explore the unusual blend of leftism and piety in the case of anticapitalist Muslims in Turkey, by examining their vision of radical democracy and social justice to address the question of universality from their particular(istic) Islamist vernacular.

    Haiko Cornelissen, Part-time Lecturer in BFA Product Design Program, Parsons; and Virág Molnár, Associate Professor of Sociology, NSSR, and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Lang. A grant of $5,720 supports FEMA Impact on Coastal Communities, to explore the spatial and social impact of FEMA flood plain regulations on coastal communities.

    Rachel Heiman, Associate Professor of Anthropology in School for Undergraduate Studies, NSPE. A grant of $5,467 supports Retrofitting the American Dream: An Ethnography of Suburban Re-Design, research into the transformation of sedimented ideals and ways of being as people's everyday routines, familiar spaces, and regular places shift amid the re-design of low-density living.

    Arthur Ou, Assistant Professor of Photography, in School of Art, Media, and Technology, Parsons. A grant of $5,000 supports Entanglement: Photography and Its Peripheries, a project to activate engagement between artists who work primarily with photography and scholars within specialized fields of the sciences and humanities, which will culminate in a book and an exhibition.

    John Roach, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, in School of Design Strategies, Parsons. A grant of $5,000 supports Sound Matter and Siren Earthquake Radio, which will explore the hidden sonic potential of material in transformation and the relationship between sound and place.

    Jeremy Safran, Professor of Psychology and Co-Chair of Dept of Psychology and Director of Clinical Psychology, NSSR; Virgil Wong, Part-time Assistant Professor in School of Media Studies, NSPE; and Robert Rabinovitz, Associate Professor of Design in School of Design Strategies, Parsons. A grant of $3,158 supports Video-augmented Web-based Clinical Training Tool for Community Mental Health Clinicians, a project to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of web-based video training tools, for improving the clinical skills of psychotherapists in community mental health centers, in order to improve the quality of clinical care for underserved patient populations seeking help for a variety of mental health issues.

    Rachel Sherman, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, NSSR. A grant of $3,938 supports No Joke: The Global Production and Consumption of Airplane Food, to investigate the production, distribution, and consumption of airplane food in varying contexts, particularly the flight catering industry's global structure, food design and production, and labor relations.

    Chris Stover, Assistant Professor of Music in Theory and Composition, in Jazz. A grant of $4,930 supports Interaction, Improvisation, and Temporality, which will explore how actions engendered by crossmodal communication constitute temporal identity, and how microrhythmic motions result from these interactions, using 3D animations via an interactive website.

    Kathleen Supove, Part-time Assistant Professor, Mannes. A grant of $1,000 supports Digital Debussy, to create a music video of new commissioned works for piano or piano/electronics from seven composers, based on the idea of what Debussy's music means in our age of digital music technology.

    Awards for 2014-2015

    Sumita Chakravarty, Associate Professor of Media Studies at NSPE. A grant of $6,500 supports “The Online Migration Museum Research Project,” a project to create a dynamic research hub and scholarly database for theoretical inquiry into the processes of global migration.

    Iván Ramírez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Lang. A grant of $7,216 supports “Developing a Syndemic Approach to Understanding Climate Change and Health Vulnerability in NYC,” which will investigate the relationships between climate change, social justice, and urban health in New York City.

    Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Lang. A grant of $2,987 supports “Three Paris Projects,” which will involve a photography exhibit, a hybrid scholarly-photographic book, and an image-based volume, related to aspects of urbanism in Paris.

    Nicolas Langlitz, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, NSSR. A grant of $4,700 supports “Japanese Primatology and the Culture Controversy,” a project to examine the controversy in anthropology over nonhuman cultures in primatology, focusing specifically on the Japanese origins of the debate and the current contribution of the Kyoto School. 

    Heliodoro San Miguel, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Media Studies, NSPE, and Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons. A grant of $5,800 supports “Agnes Heller in Her Own Words,” which will lead to a feature-length documentary on the life and ideas of Agnes Heller, eminent philosopher and The New School for Social Research’s Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.

    Rachel Meltzer, Assistant Professor of Urban Policy, NSPE. A grant of $3,740 supports “Retail Services and Employment Opportunities in Low-Income Neighborhoods,” to study the effects on low-income neighborhoods of retail activity and employment opportunities caused by economic transitions. 

    Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela, Assistant Professor of Education Studies and History and Co-chair of Education Studies, Lang. A grant of $5,000 supports “Self Power: The Rise of Wellness Culture in America,” an archive-based project exploring the concept of “wellness” and its complex cultural history in the United States since the 1950s.

    Miguel Robles-Duran, Assistant Professor of Urbanism, Parsons, and Gabriela Perez-Rendon, Part-Time Lecturer, School of Design Strategies, Parsons. A grant of $3,000 supports “Hybrid Tenure Model for Affordable Housing,” a research and design project to develop a hybrid tenure model for affordable housing by coalescing the benefits of community land trusts, limited equity cooperative housing, co-housing, and urban homesteading.

    Awards for 2013-2014

    Daniel Beliavsky, Part-Time Faculty, Jazz and Contemporary Music. A grant of $4,000 supports “Fantasy Pieces,” a film about composer David Del Tredici’s music and its cultural significance within and outside the gay community.

    Emanuele Castano, Associate Professor of Psychology, NSSR. A grant of $9,000 supports “The psychological consequences of reading and writing fiction,” a research project investigating the social impacts of engaging with fiction.

    Mark Greif, Assistant Professor of Literary Studies, Lang and Zisan Ugurlu, Associate Professor of Theater, Lang. A grant of $5,000 supports “When the Bubble Burst: An Encounter Between the Parties to Financial Crisis,” a theatrical project bringing together various parties to the 2007-8 financial crisis from bankers to retirees, to stage a reading of letters from Greif’s book ‘The Trouble is the Banks’.

    Deanna Kamiel, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, NSPE. A grant of $8,000 supports “Newsstand,” a film documenting the journey of print communication from newspapers to digital online formats through various stories across the world, from a family-owned newsstand on the upper west side to kiosks in Bombay and London.

    Warren Spielberg, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, NSPE and Nitin Sawhney, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, NSPE. A grant of $9,000 supports “No Man’s Land: Hearing the Voices of Young Men in East Jerusalem,” a research project combining psychological and media interventions to understand the impact on young Palestinian men of living in a conflict zone in East Jerusalem.

    Awards for 2012-2013

    Alice Min Soo Chun, Assistant Professor of Design and Material Culture, Parsons. A grant of $9,800 supports “Ground Rules in Humanitarian Design: The Solar Puff Project,” a research project documenting and evaluating the effects of an innovative solar light product called “The Solar Puff” in rural and urban communities in Haiti.

    Sanjay Ruparelia, Assistant Professor of Politics, NSSR. A grant of $10,000 supports “Enacting a Right to Basic Social Welfare: India’s Great Transformation in Comparative Perspective,” a state-building project inquiring into the motives of a movement to demand the right to basic social welfare in global southern India.

    Erica Kohl-Arenas, Assistant Professor of Management, NSPE. A grant of $9,000 supports “The Program Officer in the Age of Philanthrocapitalism: Philanthropoids Revisited,” a project that examines the history of America’s “self-help” poverty program through the life histories of ten professionals working through American philanthropic foundations. This project will reveal the implications of the recent turn of the self-help poverty alleviation framework often termed “philanthrocapitalism.”

    Shannon Mattern, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, NSPE. A grant of $3,200 supports “Books and Broadband: The Emergence of Paju Book City Amidst South Korea’s Digital Dynasty,” a project presenting Paju Book City, an “Industrial City” outside of Seoul, as a “publishing cultural community” and examine the place of this publishing center within South Korea’s “Digital Dynasty” in the context of an evolving publishing industry.

    Awards for 2011-2012

    Tamara Albu, Associate Professor of Fashion Design, Parsons, and David Goldsmith, part-time Assistant Professor, Parsons. A grant of $7,040 will support “Slow Fashion: India,” a project to develop knowledge of bio-regional/artisanal textile and fashion producers in India, and create bridges to Indian sites for future collaborations between Parsons and Indian fashion experts and institutions.

    Karen DeMoss, Associate Professor of Education Studies, Lang, and Director of the Institute for Urban Education. A grant of $8,000 will support “Assessing the Influence of Design Thinking on Public High School Practices,” a project to design and implement an assessment of the impact that design thinking coursework has on cohorts of high school teachers’ teaching, learning and leadership in six low-income high schools in New York City.

    Jaskiran Dhillon, Assistant Professor of Education Studies and Anthropology, Lang, and Tim Pachirat, Assistant Professor of Politics, NSSR. A grant of $8,000 will support “Education in Translation: Cambodia and the Politics of Post-Conflict Reconstruction,” an ethnographic project that undertakes a critical appraisal of education in post-conflict Cambodia.

    Coco Fusco, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Parsons, and Leslie Hewitt, part-time Lecturer, Parsons. A grant of $6,900 will support “Radicalism Revisited,” a group exhibition and workshop to take place in Cuba’s longest-running independent art space, Aglutinador Laboratorio.

    Jilly Traganou, Associate Professor of Spatial Design Studies, Parsons. A grant of $4,000 will support “Designing the Olympics: Post-national Identity in the Age of Globalization,” a research project to examine the relationship between design and national identity, focusing on the Olympic games in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012.

    Gina Luria Walker, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program, NSPE, and Fiore Sireci, part-time faculty member, NSPE. A grant of $8,000 will support “Female Biography; or, Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women, of All Ages and Countries” and the production of a multi-volume publication on the burgeoning field of Mary Hays scholarship and the history of feminism.

    Nancy Wilson, Director of the Baroque Chamber Players, Mannes. A grant of $8,200 will support a project entitled “18th-century Italian Music Master to the Emperor of China,” which will result in the first complete recording of 12 sonatas by Teodorico Pedrini, whose works constitute the only manuscript of western baroque music in the Beitang Library of China.

    Awards for 2010-2011

    Laura Auricchio, Assistant Professor of Art History, Parsons. A $2,500 grant supported the development of Arboreal Values, a book project with Elizabeth Cook, Giulia Pacini, and Alan Liu focusing on the significance of trees in eighteenth-century discourse and experience.

    Vincent Cianni, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons. A $7,500 grant supported the creation of visual and oral documentation focusing on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and its effect on the personal lives and military careers of gay and lesbian service members

    Terra Lawson-Remer, Assistant Professor in International Affairs, NSGS/Milano and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, NSGS/Milano. A $7,500 grant supported the development of the Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment Index, an interactive website to make country rankings and additional index data internationally accessible.

    Douglas Morse, Part-Time Assistant Professor of Media Studies, NSGS/Milano. A $7,634 grant supported the filming of a stage production of Christopher Marlowe’s play The Jew of Malta.

    Cecilia Rubino, Assistant Professor of Theater, Lang College, Eric Bradley, Part-Time Lecturer, Lang College, and Shelley Fox, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion, Parsons. A $6,250 grant supported a conference and performance marking the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911.

    Sharika Thiranagama, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, NSSR. A $2,800 grant supported “The Cultural Life of Communism,” a six-week exploration of the roles of communist ideologies in the context of local and regional India.

    Nadia Williams, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons. A $7,768 grant supported a series of workshops to help Mexican women artisans improve their design and marketing skills.

    Reggie Workman, Professor, Jazz and Contemporary Music, with Charles Tolliver and Richard Harper, Part-Time Faculty, Jazz and Contemporary Music. An $8,000 grant supported open auditions for the African-American Legacy Project (AALP), an orchestra/chorus co-founded by New School faculty at the Harlem School for the Arts.