Presidential Research Development Grant Program

The Presidential Research Development Grant (PRDG) Program is designed to provide a limited number of mid-sized awards to full-time Touro College faculty.  These grants support projects where the aim is to build upon solid preliminary data already generated by the Investigator and where additional research effort is now critical to competitively pivot for external funding.  Applications may be made for individual faculty projects or for collaborating projects (if the collaboration involves only Touro College faculty members).

The PRDG Program is overseen by our Provost for Biomedical Research, Dr. Salomon Amar, and is managed by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

It is anticipated that 4-6 grants will be awarded from among two potential applicant pools:

  • Biomedical and health sciences projects
  • Liberal arts & sciences, behavioral, social, and educational sciences (including such fields as psychology, education, law, and social work), technology, and business projects.

Applicants generally may request support of up to $10,000, with most awards expected to range between $5,000 to $10,000.  However, requests for support of $15,000 to $20,000 will be considered for projects that typically involve greater expense (e.g., laboratory-based research) but only if clear justification for this higher level of support is provided in the applicationProposals that include contributions from the Investigator’s School – for the purpose of covering some project costs, in addition to dedicated Investigator time — are strongly encouraged.

The PRDG program is not intended to support pilot or terminal research.  For those types of research activities, funding can be provided by the Investigator’s School through a variety of mechanisms, such as release time, small internal grants, general laboratory support, student research assistants, etc.  Rather, the aim of PRDG funding is to advance selective research projects for expansion beyond preliminary, successful results achieved thus far by the Investigator   Our hope is that through PRDG funding, the research will yield results that clearly lend themselves to securing potential greater levels of project support from within the highly competitive national environment of external funding.

Specifically, applications must:

  • Set forth aims, background, and significance of the proposed research.
  • Describe the data that already has been generated by the investigator that serves as a basis for the PRDG research project and funding request.
  • Describe the approach to be undertaken and the project steps needed to reach intended milestones, including the experimental design including procedures, justification for numbers of subjects when human subjects are involved, and plans for data handling and data analysis (including details for choice of data analysis procedures).
  • Provide a clear plan for seeking external funding, including identifying potential sponsors/programs for external support and target dates for submitting proposals.
  • Include a biosketch for the Investigator(s).
  • Submit a budget and budget justification that details the PRDG funding request and any complementary support being provided by the applicant’s School.

Applications may not include a request for faculty salary support.  Applications may, however, request support for staff support, such as for technicians or research or lab assistants (particularly student assistants). 

Applications will require sign-off by the applicant’s Department Chair (where appropriate) and by the School Dean to confirm that School resources being applied to the project are available. This includes confirmation of the stated level of effort that the Investigator will devote to conduct the proposed research, along with any additional internal matching funding or other support being provided by the School to accomplish the research.

Proposals are due by December 16, 2021. It is anticipated that awards will be made for the period February 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023—subject to COVID-19 circumstances and meeting standard compliance requirements for the conduct of the research (e.g., biosafety, human subjects, and/or animal care and use approvals). Applicants must carefully follow the application guidelines and instructions, and fill out the cover page to be used as part of proposal submission.

Applications will be reviewed by two selection committees, one for each pool of applications.  Committee membership will consist of undergraduate and graduate Deans, as well as the Chair of the Touro College Research Council.  The Provost for Biomedical Research, the Provost for the Graduate and Professional Divisions, the Vice President for Undergraduate Education, and the Vice President of the Graduate Division will serve as ex officio members of both selection committees.

Recommendations will be forwarded to President Kadish for awarding grants.

Questions about the programs and proposal process may be addressed to Glenn Davis, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, at or (646) 565-6345.


Selection Committees: 

Ex Officio:

Salomon Amar, Provost for Biomedical Research
Patricia Salkin, Provost, Graduate and Professional Divisions
Stanley Boylan, Dean of Faculties and Vice President, Undergraduate Education
Nadja Graff, Vice President, Graduate Division

Group 1 (Biomedical and Health Sciences)

Henry Cohen, Dean, Touro College of Pharmacy
Piotr Kozlowski, Chair, Touro College Research Council
Ronnie Myers, Dean, Touro College of Dental Medicine
Louis Primavera, Dean, School of Health Sciences
Kenneth Steier, Executive Dean, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Group 2 (All Other Disciplines)                   

Henry Abramson, Dean, Lander College of Arts and Sciences 
Elena Langen, Dean, Law Center
Mary L. Lo Re, Dean, Graduate School of Business
Jacob Easley II, Dean, Graduate School of Education
Nancy Gallina, Interim Dean, Graduate School of Social Work
Michael Shmidman, Dean, Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Moshe Sokol, Dean, Lander College for Men
Marian Stoltz-Loike, Dean, Lander College for Women
Judah Weinberger, Dean, NYSCAS