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.

Applications for the 2021 grant period are now closed. The next application window will open in Spring 2022. 


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


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.

Grant Conditions

  • Acceptance of a CSB Research Grant indicates agreement with the following conditions: 
  • The details of the grant will be announced on CSB's website and in CSB communications.
  • If the research is published, a statement should be included as follows: “This research was funded in part by the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business Research Grant Program.” 
  • On September 30, 2021, the grantee will submit a research progress report that documents how the funds have contributed to those advancements. 
  • On April 30, 2022, grantees will submit a final report discussing research outcomes, publications and how funds were used.
  • Evidence (e.g. receipts) of how the funds have been spent will be submitted to CSB as soon as possible, but no later than six months following the grant (unless otherwise specified). 
  • Any data purchased or created with CSB Research Grant funds will be made available to all Stern faculty and PhD students, subject to vendor restrictions. 
  • Published papers or white papers will be shared with CSB for posting on our website. 

How to Apply

Grants will be awarded annually. The current application window is closed. 

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