Finding Funding

The New School offers various resources to help grantseekers search for and identify funding for their projects, whether these projects are for research, programming or creative practice. Faculty and staff PIs/PDs are encouraged to contact the Office of Research Support (ORS) early on in the grantseeking process for information about potential grant programs and deadlines. 

Identify Funding Opportunities

New School faculty and staff are encouraged to use these and other resources to identify potential opportunities:

  • Search COS Pivot: a subscription service available to all New School faculty, students and staff. Learn more about creating a user account and using the advanced search function in Pivot by reviewing the Advanced Search Tips prepared by ORS. Upon request, ORS can provide targeted search results to individual PIs and departments.

  • Subscribe to the Research Support monthly e-newsletter produced by ORS to which all faculty, staff and students may subscribe; the newsletter summarizes relevant funding opportunities and deadlines, and information from the field of research and project funding and management.

  • Visit the Foundation Center’s public library (32 Old Slip, 24th Floor, NY 10005) to conduct a search for potential funding organizations, program solicitations, and calls for applications. (The Foundation Center is not affiliated with The New School, though it maintains central offices in New York City.)

  • Talk with contacts at your professional and scholarly associations, your prior funders, funded collaborators and potential co-PIs, funding organizations or government agencies, and learn of opportunities through these networks. Sign up for listservs and browse U.S. federal grants opportunities open to private institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations at

  • Attend information sessions or organize meetings and trainings with central research administration staff among your department. Past presentation topics have included Budgeting for a Project Proposal: Allowable and Standard Costs; Funding Opportunities in the Humanities and Social Sciences; Indirect Cost Requirements; The Protection of Human Subjects in Sponsored Research; Aligning a Proposal Narrative to the Guidelines, Priorities or Missions of Funders, among others.

Contact to schedule a hands-on overview of COS Pivot, request a list of funding opportunities relevant to your project, subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter, or to attend information sessions/workshops.

Discuss, Plan, and Notify

  1. PIs and PDs must first discuss a potential application or proposal with their Chair or Dean (or appropriate manager) in order to determine feasibility of carrying out the proposed work, its potential impact on current or projected obligations (both in the proposal stage and funded project stage), and any impact on the department or Schools where you are affiliated.

  2. After discussing the feasibility with your Chair or Dean, and you are ready to develop a formal proposal and budget, PIs/PDs should send an email with the following information at least two months before the proposal deadline:

    • name of the funding organization

    • link to, or copy of, the funding solicitation describing the proposal requirements

    • the submission deadline

* Send this email to your school/Department Dean, School budget officer, and Research Support (

Approach ORS early - the earlier the better! Depending on the complexity of the proposal, several months may be required, particularly with proposals involving collaborators or other institutions. If your proposal will not involve collaborators, a budget needs to be sent at least a month ahead of a deadline or planned submission date so that ORS can plan and coordinate institutional activities required for a submission.