2015 Research Grant


We are pleased to announce the following research projects funded by the Institute:

Cherng, Hua-Yu Sebastian (New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development)
“An Empirical and Theoretical Investigation of Parental Schooling Behaviors and Attitudes: A Comparative Study of Rural Migrant and Urban Families in China”

Cui, Lixian (NYU Shanghai)
“Parenting and Child Adjustment among Different Parent-Child Dyads in Shanghai, China”

Li, Xuan (NYU Shanghai)
“Predictors of paternal and maternal parenting practices in urban Chinese families: A mixed-method study”

Okazaki, Sumie (New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development)
“New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development”

Shibusawa, Tazuko (New York University Silver School of Social Work)
“The Impact of Grandparents on Child Well-being in Shanghai, China”

Siegel, Judith (New York University Silver School of Social Work)
“Parenting Stress and Child Well-being in Shanghai Research Proposal Summary”

Wang, Yiji (East China Normal University School of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences)
“Intergenerational Transmission of Depressive Symptoms in China: Exploring Mechanisms”

View details of each project



2015-2016 Call for Applications

Release Date: 23, Nov 2015



The NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai (the Institute) research grant program supports policy and practice-relevant research that is focused on the learning and development needs of the society's children who are growing up under conditions of economic insecurity and social exclusion (please refer to the Institute website for more information: http://shanghai.nyu.edu/research/social). The Institute believes that quality early learning experience are crucial for healthy lifelong development and learning. We are particularly interested in research in this area that is conducted in a culturally sensitive manner and that:

  • Deepens our understanding of the disparities in children’s opportunities and outcomes, and
  • Enhances our understanding of the structure and interpersonal relationships and interactions that support children in reaching their full developmental potential.

This research program aims to encourage scholars around the world to conduct cutting-edge research relate to children and family well-being utilizing the Institute's collected data on child well-being in Shanghai, China (please refer to the Institute's website for more information on this dataset: https://shanghai.nyu.edu/research/social/projects/pilot-project). It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional behavioral and social scientists with an interest in child and family well-being. Scholars receiving this award are expected to produce research work that are highly-regarded peer-review journal articles and to be disseminated via diverse venues (e.g,. national and international highly-regarded conference presentation).


Total Awards

Several awards of up to $20,000 each will be made in Spring 2016 for one-year. Research fund may only be used to support related research expense (e.g., stipend, research materials, travel). Part of research fund needs to be allocated to fund the travel-related expense between Shanghai, China and the funded researcher's home state as the funded researchers are expected to present their funded work in Shanghai upon the completion of the research grant. This research fund cannot be used to cover the salary, or fringe benefits associated with the funded researcher's full-time employment nor the indirect cost.


Key Dates

  • December 20, 2015 (3 p.m. US Eastern Time) - Deadline for receipt of full proposals.*
  • January 15, 2016 - Selection and notification.
  • February 1, 2016 - Start of grants.

*All applications for this solicitation must be submitted via the Institute's online system. All applicants should log in to the system and familiarize themselves with online application requirements well before the final submission deadline. Staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the submission deadline. In fairness to all applicants, late submissions will not be accepted.



  • Applicants must demonstrate an excellent scholarship trajectories.
  • Exceptional scholars from academic faculties, government, and nonprofit organizations who are interested in issues related to child and family well-being are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have earned an advanced degree, with doctoral degree preferred, in one of the following disciplines: health and public health, human development, political science, psychology, public affairs, public policy, sociology, social work, social and behavioral health.
  • The applicant is the sole Principal Investigator and will lead the proposed research.
  • Principal Investigators may only submit one proposal during an award cycle.
  • Applicants whose official job description or responsibilities are primarily government relations or advocacy are not eligible to apply.


Criteria for Selection

Co-Directors of the Institute, Senior Institute Collaborating Faculty, and external reviewers will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

  1. Support of the Institute Purpose and Research Focus: The degree to which the proposed research addresses specific aspects of learning and development experience and/or policy, and the extent to which the research analysis and findings have relevance to program and/or policy development or improvements related to the Institute’s priority populations.
  2. Research Concept and Methodology: The degree to which the proposed work is theoretically based as well as conceptually and methodologically sound. Procedures for data collection and analysis should be detailed and clear for both quantitative and qualitative studies. Where both quantitative and qualitative approaches are being used, the proposed work should demonstrate the ways in which the combination of these approaches potentially enhances the proposed study.
  3. Applicant’s Qualifications: The quality of the applicant’s previous research and capacity (e.g., publications, presentations, etc.) to undertake the proposed research successfully.
  4. Cultural Sensitivity to Institute’s Priority Populations: The extent to which the proposed research and Principal Investigator demonstrate an understanding of culturally-specific issues that may be relevant to Institute’s priority populations (e.g., parenting as reflected in culture, alternative family socioeconomic status due to resource constraints, challenges associated with alternative family structure or psychological well-being, etc.).
  5. Institutional Support and Capacity: The capacity and intention of the host institution to support (e.g., expertise, material, in-kind) the Principal Investigator and the Institute-funded research project including its attendant public policy outreach. In general, any institution with more than 10% operating deficit within the prior fiscal year may be considered lacking capacity. Institutions that support peer-reviewed articles will be favorably considered.


Required Components for the Full Proposal

The maximum length of the Application narrative is approximately 15-pages:

  • Executive Summary (1 page single-space)
  • Specific Aims and Research Questions
  • Policy- and/or Practice-Relevance of the Proposed Research
  • Current State of Knowledge and the Significance of the Present Study
  • Methodology and Measurement Procedures
  • Data Analysis Approaches
  • Anticipated Results and Impact of the Proposed Research
  • Description of Relevant Experience to Undertake the Proposed Research
  • References
  • Detailed Budget Layout (approx. 1 page)


If you have questions, please click here to submit your question.  All questions will be addressed in as timely a manner as possible. We appreciate your cooperation since the Institute's staff does not have the capacity to accept telephone inquiries.