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Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund


To all NYU faculty, doctoral students and post-docs:

The Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund (GPHRCF) supports faculty-initiated research on a competitive basis and is administered by the NYU Global Institute of Public Health and a GPHRCF Selection Committee. Awards in 2014 - 2015 will be made in a single round of competition.

Up to five awards of up to $15,000 each will be granted for the 2014-2015 academic year. Requests for funding should in no case exceed $15,000. Awards will not be granted to fund faculty salaries, but should be used to cover out-of-pocket project expenses such as student support, travel, software, data base acquisition, equipment, etc.

The purpose of the GPHRCF is:

  • To serve as an incentive for junior faculty, doctoral students and post-docs to explore new areas of global public health research that are likely to attract outside support;
  • To support those engaging in productive global public health scholarship in areas where there are few sources of existing support.

Proposals are encouraged from individuals or groups in any academic discipline represented at the University. Projects must demonstrate a global public health focus, which includes projects involving global public health issues that express themselves in U.S.-based populations. Proposals for collaborative, interdepartmental, and/or inter-school research are particularly encouraged. Awards are open to all full-time NYU junior faculty, doctoral students and post-docs but one criterion for review will include the extent to which the project enriches the NYU Global Institute of Public Health programs, faculty, and student body.

For additional questions, please email

On behalf of the GPHRCF Selection Committee we look forward to receiving your proposals and supporting your work in the field of global public health.

Good luck,

Cheryl Healton
Dean, Global Public Health and Director, NYU GIPH

Ann Kurth
Associate Dean of Research, NYU GIPH



2013-2014 Awardees

Diana Caley, Steinhardt
Factors contributing to nutrition disparities within urban Ugandan households

Dustin Duncan, School of Medicine
Neighborhood Walkability and cardiometabolic outcomes in the Paris metropolitan area

Erin Godfrey, Steinhardt
Using applied developmental research to develop a public health intervention in Kwa-Zulu Natal

Alexander Shtukenberg, Arts and Science
Stabilization and Stockpiling of Vaccines in the Developing World

Fen Wu, School of Medicine
A prospective study of betel quid chewing and the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease in Bangladesh


2012-2013 Awardees

Satarupa Dasgupta, Nursing
Examination of care seeking behavior for sexual health of male and transgender sex workers in India

Kristen Day, NYU Polytechnic Institute
Urban design, physical activity, and obesity in rapidly growing Chinese cities

James Macinko, Steinhardt
A strategy for assessing health system performance in the Americas

Danielle C. Ompad, Steinhardt
Exploring illicit drug use in South Africa through key informant interviews

Leonardo Trasande, Medicine/Wagner
Behavioral and Prenatal Chemical Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity in Mexico


2011-2012 Awardees

Jan Blustein, Wagner
Early Antibiotic Exposure and Human Health: An Exploratory Study

Shubhada Dhage, School of Medicine
The Role of Empowerment through Microfinance in Promoting Breast-Health Seeking Behavior in India and Ghana

Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Silver School of Social Work
HIV Transmission and Illicit Drug Use in a Caribbean Tourism Area

Katherine Hutchinson, College of Nursing
Family and Sociocultrual Influences of HIV-Related Sexual Risk Among Jamaican Adolescent Males

Kristie Lancaster, Steinhardt
Assessing the Dietary Patterns and Health Status of Ghanaians in Ghana and NYC

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