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.

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

Program Priorities

In the 2020-2021 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 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, 2020, and must be completed by June 30, 2021; 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 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.

Award Requirements

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 researchsupport@newschool.edu.

+ 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 kind 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

Access the application form and fill in all required information. Once the application form is completed, email it and your CV to researchsupport@newschool.edu by 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.

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.

Application Checklist

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


  • Application deadline: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Awards announced: late April 2020
  • Earliest start date for funded projects: July 1, 2020
  • Completion date for funded projects: June 30, 2021

+ Awards for 2019-2020

Fashion, Emotion, and the Self

Fashion, Emotion, and the Self explores the intersections of fashion and psychology, creative and clinical practices in order to develop better understanding of the psychosocial elements of everyday dress practices. The aim of the project is to examine possible hybrid-practices of fashion and psychology, such as involving design and craft in therapy, or therapeutic perspectives in design, business and management processes. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Hans Otto von Busch, School of Design Strategies, Parsons.

A Lynching at Port Jervis: Racial Violence, Response and Reform in New York City's Gilded Age

The 1892 spectacle lynching in Port Jervis NY of Robert Lewis, a 28-year old African-American hotel worker accused of a sexual assault, shook the nation. Such mob violence was unprecedented in a quiet upstate burg only 65 miles from Manhattan. The incident changed the national narrative on race, for it spoke unmistakably of the insidiousness and geographic ubiquity of racial intolerance. This project views it as an augury of many fierce injustices with which, in 2019, we still contend. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Philip Dray, History, Eugene Lang.

We the People

Through the use of photography and oral interviews, this project will select ten grassroots activists across America who will describe in their own words their goals, struggles, inspiration, and personal history. Each written interview will accompany a photographic essay that brings the viewer inside of the activist's world. The goal of combining the photographs and words is to inspire future generations to confront the injustices and inequalities we live with as Americans. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Andrew Lichtenstein, Eugene Lang.

Reframing Recovery from Participants’ Perspectives

This project works with people in recovery to document their own stories through photography, audio interviews and text, using community-based participatory research methods. The goal is to highlight the people, places and things that helped them rebuild their lives after addiction, illustrating the many pathways recovery can take. Under the direction of Principal Investigators Graham MacIndoe, Photography, Parsons and Susan Stellin, Journalism + Design, Eugene Lang.

Tolstoy as Philosopher

This project will support the first comprehensive anthology of Tolstoy's thought in 2 volumes and with a companion monograph by the same title covering the following rubrics: Economics; History; Politics; Sociology; Aesthetics; Education and Pedagogy; Philosophy; Religion; Science. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Inesssa Medzhibovskaya, Eugene Lang.

Waterbirds: Environmental Dialogues Through Music

Composer/pianist Diane Moser will create a 50 minute music composition for her Birdsong Trio comprised of bassist Ken Filiano and flutist Anton Denner, incorporating field recordings that focus on coastal and wetlands birds and their disappearing habitats in and around New Jersey and New York. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Diane Moser, Music, College of Performing Arts.

Wealth Over Work: The Origins of Venture Capital, The Return of Inequality, and the Decline of Innovation

Wealth Over Work examines the history of venture capital as an idea, as a form of investment, and as a politically-mobilized industry. In the half- century after start of the Great Depression, beliefs about the centrality of venture capital for innovation, jobs, and growth shaped economic policy and corporate behavior while gradually transforming U.S. financial system. Under the direction of Principal Investigators Julia Ott, Eugene Lang.

Sound the Mound: Reframing our relationship to waste at Freshkills Park

Would standing on a towering mound of trash convince you to consume less? We tackle this question with our partners Freshkills Park, Arable Labs, and Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School, by reframing our relationship to waste and engaging New Yorkers with the ecological impact of our consumer habits. Under the direction of Principal Investigator John Roach, School of Design Strategies, Parsons.

Plantae Agrestis: A Self-Organizing Distributed Garden driven with Plant Signals

In collaboration with Tower Hill Botanical Garden (Boston), ‘Plantae Agrestis’ is an installation wherein the control mechanisms lie with the plants. A number of plants in a conservatory of Botanical Garden are connected to robotic equipment and left to self-organize. Rather than stationary plants, this leads to a constantly rearranging layout of a conservatory controlled by the plants themselves. The installation, a preview of the future technological plant society, is meant to show the capabilities of nature and mechanisms to design with and for it. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Harpreet Sareen, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons.

Journalism and Trauma Work Group

This research—co-led by Suzanne Snider (School of Media Studies) and Allison Lichter (Journalism + Design)--supports the continuation of training/collaborative analysis with twelve journalists and documentarians who report on trauma and violence, exploring ethical interview practices that support sources’ agency and journalists’/documentarians’ resilience. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Suzzane Snider, Media Studies, School of Public Engagement.

+ Awards for 2018-2019

Africa Rising

This research investigates how financial innovation is affecting economic livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. How do financial practices, like the securitization of remittances, rely on money transfers to Africa to produce revenue at global financial institutions? And does this new financial landscape alter our understanding of wealth formation in Africa? Under the direction of Principal Investigator Janet Roitman, Anthropology, NSSR.

Culture City: The Arts and Everyday Life in New York

This book examines New York in the postwar period, when the consolidation of a municipal cultural policy shifted the debate about the arts from established institutions to activities on the streets, from buildings to outdoor spaces, and from rehearsed performances and crafted artworks to spectacles of the everyday. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Julia Foulkes, History.

Designing Information

How do art and design serve our knowledge institutions? This focus group/workshop will gather leaders and practitioners from the worlds of art and design and libraries and archives to assess how creative practice can advance our libraries’ and archives’ core missions: preserving, organizing, and facilitating access to information and promoting information literacy. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Shannon Mattern, Media Studies, SPE.

Green Wall Cooling System

This investigation is a collaboration that builds upon previously published research by Dr. Yazdanseta. That research provided a method for designing vining green walls so as to utilize their free transpiration cooling power to reduce the cooling loads of buildings. This study aims to optimize the results of that method by introducing a performative support structure using ceramic 3D printing technology. Under the direction of Principal Investigators Arta Yazdanseta, School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, and Will McHale, the Making Center.

Interactive Clothing Design: Disability and Aging

A research project in which a multi-methodological approach is used in the investigation of the intersection between fashion and technology addressing the needs of people with disabilities and aging people. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Grace Jun, School of Fashion at Parsons.

Local Voting Responses to Economic Shocks: The Case of the Great Recession

Under the direction of Principal Investigator Rachel Meltzer, Milano.

The Gowanus Lighting Atlas

A research and analysis project in which participants conduct an in-depth study of existing electric lighting conditions within the public realm in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Collected data will form part of a communal resource for participation and activism and will inform community planning for re-zoning, infrastructure, and Superfund cleanup. Under the direction of Principal Investigators Francesca Bastiani, Lighting Design, and Alex Pappas-Kalber, Parsons.

The Tar Sands Songbook: Bridging creative practice and research to change the conversation about oil and its climate effects

The Tar Sands Songbook is a multimedia theatrical performance that chronicles the human impacts of oil development and its effects on climate change. I am seeking funding to develop a fully staged production to be premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018 and to develop an online audience engagement and action plan. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Tanya Kalmanovitch, Mannes, in collaboration with Cecilia Rubino, Jaskiran K. Dhillon, Sarah Montague, and Genevieve Guenther, Lang.

+ Awards for 2017-2018

Designing Garments to Evolve over Time

This project examines the potential of creative fashion design and digital textile printing in upcycling button-down shirts. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Timo Rissanen, School of Fashion at Parsons.

Designing Anne Frank: Spatial, Material, and Virtual Representations

This project is for two research trips to look at archives for a book on History (Anne Frank), and Spatial Design. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Sarah Lichtman, School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons.

Culture Influences on Perceptions of Economic Mobility

Research into the glorification and effects of "the underdog" in North American culture. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Shai Davidai, Psychology, NSSR.

Refugee Stories

A documentary created by New School students to capture, preserve, and share the stories of refugees seeking asylum in the United States and the volunteers helping them, made with the U.S. Department of State and two NGOs. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Deanna Kaimel and Paul Hadart, School of Media Studies, Schools of Public Engagement.

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited is an experimental film prompted by the question of what it means to "re-vision" Black feminist poet Audre Lorde's classic 1980 memoir/manifesto, The Cancer Journals, today. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Lana Lin, School of Media Studies, Schools of Public Engagement.

Women to the Right

A photographic research project looking at women of the alt-right, a group neglected in research. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Glenna Gordon, Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, Schools of Public Engagement.

New Views of Karl Briullov's Last Day of Pompeii

Research on the reception of the painting The Last Day of Pompeii (1830-1833) in St. Petersburg: research, art, history. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Margaret Samu, School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons.

+ Awards for 2016-2017

The Origin and Impact of Fictional Worlds

An interdisciplinary research project to empirically study how representations of fictional characters can shape the way we think about others and our society. Under the direction of Principal Investigators Mark Greif, associate professor of literary studies, Lang, and Howard Steele, professor of psychology, NSSR, and co-director of the Center for Attachment Research.

A Botanical Imaginary: The Plants of Kham

An artist's book and exhibition re-envisioning the plants native to the historical region of Kham, on the border between Tibet and China, using photographs and illustrations to reimagine the area. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Selena Kimball, assistant professor of contemporary art practice, Parsons.

Sculpting the American Self: Wellness Culture in the Postwar United States

An archives-based project exploring the history of fitness and wellness culture in the United States since the 1950s and the related notions of moral, civic, and spiritual value that have accompanied Americans' various "body projects." Under the direction of Principal Investigator Natalia Mehlman-Petrzela, assistant professor of history, Lang.

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. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Laura Sansone, assistant professor of alternative fashion systems, Parsons.

The Curiosity Cabinet

A feature-length experimental documentary film exploring historical and contemporary "curiosity cabinets," personal micro-museums of unusual objects. These collections range from examples from the Renaissance to modern spaces created to further individuals' pursuit of knowledge. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Joel Schlemowitz, part-time associate teaching professor of media studies, SPE.

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. Under the direction of Principal Investigator Deva Woodly, assistant professor of politics, NSSR, and director of undergraduate studies in politics, Lang.

Featured Awards

Multimedia Performance / Climate Change

Tanya Kalmanovitch
Faculty Research Fund


Spatial Gap / Inequality /
Voter Participation

Rachel Meltzer
Faculty Research Fund
History / Social Justice

Culture City / Arts / Postwar New York

Julia Foulkes
Faculty Research Fund
History / Social Justice


Green Walls / Free Transpiration / Cooling Power

Arta Yazdanseta
Faculty Research Fund
Sustainability / STEM

Interactive Clothing Design /

Disability & Aging

Grace Jun
Faculty Research Fund
Health & Aging / STEM


Information Literacy / Access to Information

Shannon Mattern
Faculty Research Fund
STEM / Social Justice

Public Realm / Electic Lighting / Gowanus

Francesca Bastianini
Faculty Research Fund
Sustainability / STEM


Financial Innovation / Economic Livelihood

Janet Roitman
Faculty Research Fund
Social Justice