Research Grant Program

CSB supports projects by Stern faculty and PhD students on a broad variety of topics related to sustainability and business.

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) is eager to support research initiatives conducted by Stern faculty and PhD students related to business and sustainability.

Since 2018, CSB has funded over twelve projects led by researchers in the Stern community on topics related to sustainable finance and the role of business in addressing social and environmental issues. Topics have ranged from examining how the #MeToo movement changes investors' valuation and risk attitudes to how agricultural supply and land use change in Brazil responds to market conditions.

Projects should align with CSB’s thematic research areas: Tracking the financial case for sustainability; shifting focus from short-term, shareholder value to long-term, stakeholder value; engaging consumers around sustainability; sustainability-driven innovation and related business opportunities. Stern Faculty and PhD students across departments are encouraged to apply.


My colleague Kelly See and I are very grateful to have received a grant from CSB for our research on the effects of an organization’s sustainability initiatives on employee engagement. The grant enabled us to complete our initial survey and to have valuable conversations with business leaders in sustainability focused positions about their initiatives and about our research.
- Frances Milliken, NYU Stern Professor of Management and Organizations

Applications are now closed. The next application window for 2023 Research Grants will open in Fall 2022 on a rolling basis, due end of January 2023. 


How to Apply

Grants will be awarded annually. The current application window is closed. Please check back in November 2023 for information, guidelines and deadlines.

The application form includes the following: 
  • Project title
  • Project participants
  • Abstract
  • Research design and methods
  • Expected outcomes, including publication strategy 
  • Statement on how the project addresses CSB’s mission and thematic areas  
  • A short budget narrative and budget justification, including any complementary sources of funds (e.g. STAR funds, NSF, or other sources)
  • Current CV 

Grant Guidelines

  • Any full-time Stern faculty member or PhD student may apply. Collaborations with PhD students are encouraged.
  • Funding requests can be up to $5,000.
  • Funding is available for data acquisition and for fieldwork travel.* Data acquisition costs should be documented in the budget.
  • Research assistance support will be capped at $3,500.*
  • Funding for travel to work with co-authors is capped at $500 for domestic airfare and $1,000 for international airfare.*
  • CSB will not fund travel to conferences, equipment investment, or research assistance outside of NYU. CSB does not reimburse outlays made prior to the award of a grant.
  • CSB will give preference to new applicants and to projects that align with our mission. CSB is unlikely to fund more than one project per applicant per cycle.
*All spending must be compliant with the NYU COVID-19 spending restriction guidelines.