Grants and Labs

Opening Government

NYU Wagner is hosting a multidisciplinary group of thinkers and doers funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to explore the possibility of creating a research network on Opening Government. This “pre-network” group will analyze the potential impact of technology on democratic institutions - specifically, how we can use technology to create more collaborative ways of governing to tackle the world’s most challenging problems.

The Pre-Network: Opening Government, Seena Jon Ghaznavi

Gov Lab Academy

Gov Lab Academy trains the next generation of leaders, social entrepreneurs, and problem solvers within the field of collaborative governance. The Academy offers a unique curriculum that synthesizes insights from across social and behavioral sciences, political theory, public policy, technology, and engineering. Reflecting our broader mission, the Academy uses a "networked" model of distributed online-based education. We are pioneering a project-based, graduate-level course that will be taught at five leading universities (Harvard, MIT, NYU, Stanford, and USC). Drawing on cutting-edge online education tools, we engage with a network of mentors and experts to provide students with a compelling experience designed to inspire future leaders in open governance.

Innovation Labs

The NYU Wagner Innovation Labs are a series of experiments that marry theory and practice to promote informed, evidence-based policy decision-making in a complex world. Each Lab has its own focus and approach, and operates independently, but all reflect NYU Wagner's broad commitment to bringing scholars, thinkers, and practitioners together, both figuratively and literally, to improve the way policy is made. Its primary initiatives are Urban Innovations, Code for Change, and the Academic Research Collaborative.

Information Technology and Transportation, Rudin Center

Mitchell Moss, Director, Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management
Additional Researchers: Carson Qing, Josh Mandell

Researchers focus on mobile technology and its relationship and potential relationship to transportation in metropolitan regions. Primary emphasis is given to the various ways new mobile technologies can provide cost efficient solutions to current challenges in transportation, particularly through smartphones and mobile apps, Near Field Communications (NFC), mobile commerce, open data initiatives. Researchers examine issues of wireless and user/developer demographics across major U.S. metro areas in considering how these new technologies may provide solutions to transport challenges in the United States.

ASPIRE: Cybersecurity Grants

Through ASPIRE (A Scholarship for Service Partnership for Interdisciplinary Research and Education), NYU offers a scholarship for students entering the vital field of cybersecurity. An interdisciplinary cross section of one of world’s foremost universities will provide qualified students with skills in the technological (NYU-Poly), business (NYU-Stern), cultural (NYU-Steinhardt), public policy and management (NYU-Wagner) and scientific (NYU Courant Institute) aspects of real world security and privacy problems. The scholarship supports two-to-three years of stipends, tuition and allowance for students in the area of information assurance and cybersecurity.