Call for Marron Institute Seed Grant Proposals

Please note that the deadline for proposals has been extended to December 15.

The Marron Institute of Urban Management will offer grants of up to $50,000 over two years to Principal Investigators at NYU in order to provide seed funding for innovative scholarship and applied research projects that address pressing problems faced by cities and urban residents. The purpose of the grant program is to stimulate proposals for creative solutions to socio-economic, political, or physical issues that accompany urban development. Marron Institute seed awards are not designed to support already-funded or ongoing research projects. Awarded funds can be used for project-related expenditures such as compensation for research assistants, research-related travel, fieldwork expenses, or technology necessary for the proposed project and not otherwise readily available to the proposer. While proposals to use funds for faculty salary support will be considered, proposals to use awarded funds for other project-related expenditures will be favored in the absence of a compelling budget justification.

We are particularly interested in sponsoring interdisciplinary work and research that has practical applications to management of urban spaces. Special consideration will be given to proposals for projects with:

  • co-investigators from different schools, departments, or academic units within the University; and
  • strong potential to develop into a proposal for external funding and a well-articulated plan for submitting a subsequent grant proposal.

Should the seeded project develop into a proposal for external funding, award recipients will be required to submit the proposal through the Marron Institute of Urban Management, or as a collaborative proposal through the Marron Institute and another unit at NYU.


  • Award: Up to $50,000 over a two-year period (proposals for projects of shorter duration are welcome but researchers will only be eligible for funding every two years).
  • Extended deadline for proposals: 12/15/2018
  • Eligibility: Full-time NYU faculty members or Research Scientists/Scholars who have Principal Investigator status. Previous seed grant awardees cannot reapply for funding for the same project.


  • Please submit a short written proposal of no more than two pages that describes the problem that you intend to address, the approach that you intend to take, and a brief statement of the potential for subsequent external support. Please also include a budget and brief budget justification. Applications should be emailed to
  • A selection committee consisting of the Director of the Marron Institute, two Marron faculty members, and two members of the faculty from elsewhere in NYU will consider submissions and make the award. Awards will be announced February 2019.

Grantee Responsibilities:

  • Participate in Marron Institute activities when possible, including attending any seminars on topics related to the project.
  • Meet periodically with the Marron Institute to discuss project progress, financials, and prospect for external funding.
  • Submit any related proposals for external research support through the Marron Institute, or as a collaborative proposal through the Marron Institute and another unit at NYU.
  • Assist Marron with the dissemination of the work. Alert Marron staff of any external publications or media coverage resulting from the project.


Tile photo by Josh Appel.

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