The main purposes of the GIAS are to facilitate collaborative research on an international scale, and to enable sustained attention to significant research programs that require work over several years.
The Institute will not be housed in any particular physical location, but rather will use the resources of the University’s entire global network as its research facility.
The Institute will consist of several working research groups, three starting in 2011/2012 and building up to a total of six per year.
Each working group will be based in an existing department, center, or school. Each working group will identify an important topic (which might, but need not be, interdisciplinary) that the participants of the working group will agree to work on for several years (normally three years).
The working groups will consist of approximately 10-15 individual scholars assembled from around the world. Such working groups might, but need not, include institutional participants as well, for example, departments and centers at other universities.
The faculty participants will commit to attending two short (two-three day) meetings/workshops per year, and to exchanging papers and views between meetings. Much of the work will be accomplished through these continuous proactive exchanges over the duration of the three years of the program. The institutional members might commit to hosting occasional meetings of the working group. Most of the meetings, however, will be hosted by NYU, at the Square, at Abu Dhabi, or at one of NYU's other global sites.
Each working group will work towards an "end product" on its topic, which may be, for example, a published volume, a public conference, and/or a website.
Each working group will receive significant and sufficient funding to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, meetings, video links and other research costs. Further sources of funding may also be available.
Awards will be made to a group leader and a particular project that he or she will lead. The selection of awardees will be made by the Steering Committee of the GIAS, in consultation with the Provost’s Advisory Group of academic leadership and (senior) vice provosts.
Deans and other members of the Provost’s Advisory Group will be invited to submit to the Director their nominations of strong candidates from the various schools. The Steering Committee will then select a certain number from among these nominees and invite them to work with the Director to develop a funding proposal.