VERITAS Award

VERITAS Faculty Research Program Description

1.      Purpose

The VERITAS Faculty Research Program supports scholarly research that takes inspiration from and/or reflects the values of Villanova University's Catholic and Augustinian heritage. The program is administered jointly by the Office of Research and Graduate Programs and the Office of Mission and Ministry.  The purpose of the program is to encourage faculty to bring to bear on their research a perspective that reflects Villanova's concern for religious values, the Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic social thought, and/or the Augustinian heritage of encouraging dialogue between religious faith and contemporary life.

Among the examples of research projects that might find support would be issues of war and peace; issues of social justice; empirical investigations of the influence of religion on social, political, or economic behavior, or vice versa; the interaction between religion, science, and technology; government, business, or other private and public sector practices and policies that affect, or could be affected by, religious faith and practice; and the application of Catholic Social Thought to contemporary public policy issues.  These examples are meant only to be suggestive of the types of inquiries that can be pursued; others surely may be possible.

2.      Eligibility and Requirements

Pre-award eligibility:

·         All tenured, tenure-track, and continuing non-tenure track faculty and post-doctoral teaching fellows are eligible to apply.

·         Recipients of a previous VERITAS Faculty Research Program grant are not eligible to apply again for three years after receipt of the VERITAS award.  For example, if you received an award for the Summer of 2012, you will not be eligible to apply again until the spring of 2015.

Post-award requirements:

After receiving an award, and in order to be eligible for future awards, the recipient will be required to demonstrate a significant outcome at the conclusion of the project such as:

·         Preparation and submission of a proposal for an external grant directly related to the research supported by the VERITAS grant

·         Presentation of a paper at a major national or international professional conference or symposium

·         Scholarly publication in a high impact peer-reviewed professional journal

·         Other significant and unique scholarly outcomes that have enhanced the stature and visibility of the faculty member

3.      Award Amounts and Restrictions:

·         The maximum award amount will be 15% of the recipient's nine-month salary, not to exceed $10,000, to be paid in June and July of the summer award period. Salary money may be received only in the summer for which it is allocated.

  • Three or four awards will be made.  PI’s may be requested to modify their budgets in order to accommodate the awards within the available funding.

·         In addition to faculty salary, funds may be used for graduate student support, equipment, supplies and books, travel and publication costs.  Other expenses may be allowable and should be discussed with the program manager for interpretation.

·         Non-salary funds may be spent over the entire fiscal year.

·         Receipt of a VERITAS award has the implicit expectation that the faculty member will spend the equivalent of one full summer month working on the proposed research.

4.      Review Criteria

Review for funding under the VERITAS program will be based on the following overarching criteria. It is recommended that the proposal be organized according to these proposal sections:

·         Introduction and Background:  The VERITAS proposal must clearly demonstrate the importance of the research to the academic discipline by providing sufficient background on the sub-field to establish its current status and to inform the essential hypothesis or contributions of the proposed research.

·         Objectives:  The VERITAS proposal must clearly state the key objectives of the proposed research in a separate Objectives section.  Examples of objectives include: uncovering new findings in a previously unexplored area, new hypotheses that are to be tested, plans for acquiring or interpreting data that is missing from the literature, preliminary investigation or inquiry into the subject of a potential monograph or book, and new interpretations of existing scholarship.

Proposals will be reviewed both for the scholarly soundness of the project and for the interaction with or application of insights and approaches derived from the University's religious values and mission.  They should be explicit with respect to their Catholic-Augustinian-University mission character. 

·         Approach and Integration:  The VERITAS proposal must clearly show the scholarly approach or plan to be used in meeting the research objectives as a demonstration that a methodical and feasible research plan has been thought through that will lead to eventual publication and/or presentation. The proposal must demonstrate the integration of the proposed research into the PI’s overall strategic research plan at Villanova.

·         Dissemination and Future Work:  The VERITAS proposal should clearly state how the scholarly research supported by the grant(s) will be disseminated via publication and presentation. Evidence of past publication/presentation approaches as a demonstration of future publication plans and strategies are desirable.  The proposal should clearly state future funding vehicles such as foundations or state and federal agencies that will be pursued in future proposals to be enabled by this grant.

·         Impact and Use of Funds:  The VERITAS proposal should justify requested faculty salary by clear statement of the impact of that salary funding on the research, for example, by differentiating between the research outcomes that can be achieved with and without salary funding.

·         Prior Grant Stewardship:  Previous award recipients from the VERITAS program and also the Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) program and Research Support Grant (RSG) program should briefly discuss the outcomes and impact of previous awards, including a listing of external proposals submitted, awards received, and papers published or presented as a result of the previous VERITAS, SRF and/or RSG award(s).

5.      Proposal Evaluation

Applications submitted for the VERITAS program will be reviewed according to the five criteria discussed in the previous section using the following approach and information:

·         The proposal will be peer reviewed by an internal review committee of distinguished Villanova scholars and researchers forming the Evaluation Committee.

·         The Vita will provide evidence of the proposer’s qualifications

·         To the extent that is necessary and feasible, external reviews from at least one external reviewer will be solicited and used in the evaluation by the Evaluation Committee.

·         A letter of support from the proposer’s Department Head will be used as supplementary information by the Evaluation Committee in making final determinations.

6.      Budget Flexibility

VERITAS awardees have flexibility in creating research budgets

·         Recipients may take the award entirely as salary or as a combination of salary and non-salary items. The budget administration and expenditures will be coordinated with the Office of Research Administration (ORA).

·         Non-salary items (e.g., travel, supplies, etc.) should be budgeted and paid directly from the grant in order to eliminate the necessity of paying taxes on non-salary portions of the awards.

·         For applications with two or more faculty members, please see the following section concerning collaboration.

7.      Collaborative Projects

In the case of joint or collaborative projects involving two or more faculty members, a single proposal should be submitted. The proposal must contain a strong justification for the participation of all collaborators.

Applications involving more than one faculty member must check one of the following blanks on the cover sheet of the application:

___ We wish our proposal to be considered with the understanding that we are requesting 15% salary or $10,000 (whichever is less) for each participant. We understand that funding is contingent on BOTH an excellent rating of the proposal and a STRONG JUSTIFICATION for the necessity of the participation of all collaborators at a full-time level for the summer. Proposals that do not meet both criteria will not be funded.

Or,

__ We wish our proposal to be considered for funding with the understanding that we are requesting partial funding for each participant (to a maximum of the mean of 15% salary of the participants, or $10,000, whichever is less). Successful proposals must STRONGLY JUSTIFY the necessity for participation of all collaborators but do not necessarily require that the justifications be for a full-time level of effort.

8.      Proposal Format

The VERITAS proposal must be prepared according to the following format:

·         Main Proposal (12 pages maximum):  Do not exceed 12 double-spaced pages using no smaller than 12 pt. font or type face and should be organized according to the following mandatory sections discussed in Section 4:

o   Introduction and Background

o   Objectives

o   Approach and Integration

o   Dissemination and Future Work

o   Impact and Use of Funds                    

  • If faculty non-salary monies are requested, a budget for these monies should be included in this section

o   Prior Grant Stewardship

·         Bibliography (6 pages maximum):  Does not count towards 12 page limit

·         Vita (2 pages maximum):  Required from applicants and co-applicants

·         Letter of Support from Department Head (1 page)

·         External Reviewers:  On a single page, list the contact information for two qualified reviewers outside of Villanova University

o   Include a justification for the selection of these reviewers

o   Conflict of Interest:  Conflicts of interest with external reviewers should be avoided.  Specify the extent of your relationship with the reviewers, if any, including joint publication, joint editorship, personal relationships, etc. Former dissertation supervisors may not serve as external reviewers.

9.      Proposal Checklist: The proposal package must contain the following:

        1.   Cover Sheet

        2.   Proposal with all the elements described in Section 8.

10.  Proposal Submission

Submit a SINGLE PDF file containing all combined documents to avprgp@villanova.edu

You will receive confirmation of receipt of your proposal.  Hard copies are not required.

11.  Critical Dates

·         Proposals for Summer 2015 and the 2015-16 academic year are due by 5:00 pm Eastern time, Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

·         Awards will be announced by March 13, 2015.

12.  Questions?

The program administrator is Will Caverly will.caverly@villanova.edu in ORA who is available to assist and advise you in the preparation of your proposal.

Please DO NOT send inquiries to avprgp@villanova.edu This address is to be used only for submission of proposals and is not monitored.

Proposal Requirements

Only electronic PDF versions of the proposal will be accepted. Submit your PDF file to avprgp@villanova.edu.

Submission Deadline
VERITAS Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on February 17, 2015. Awards for the 2015 summer and 2015-16 academic year will be announced by March 13, 2015.

Questions

Administrative questions about the program can be directed to Mr. Will Caverly, ORA, will.caverly@villanova.edu.

* Veritas_CoverSheet.doc
Cover sheet for your Veritas Award submission.

Submission Procedures

• Cover Sheet
• Proposal with all the elements described in Section 8 of the VERITAS Faculty Program Description

Review of Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed by a Review Committee chaired by the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Programs and composed of faculty members and administrators experienced with the program and its mission.

Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed both for the scholarly soundness of the project and for the interaction with or application of insights and approaches derived from the University's religious values and mission.  They should be explicit with respect to their Catholic-Augustinian-University mission character. 

Previous grantees will be expected to provide evidence of scholarship resulting explicitly from the previous grant.

Past Recipients

Please view past Veritas Award recipients.

2014 Recipients

2013 Recipients

2012 Recipients

2011 Recipients