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.
Previous awardees and topics are listed in the program web page on the ORA website.
- 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.
Award Amounts Restrictions Expectations
- The maximum amount of an award is $10,000. Awards in the range of $4,000 to $6,000 have been common.
- 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.
- Grants may include summer salary not to exceed the compensation for one summer course, up to a maximum of $7,000.
- Grants may be used for any reasonable research-related expense such as graduate student support, equipment, supplies, and travel.
- Grant funding must be spent by the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the award was made. Funds awarded in FY 2013 must be spent by end of FY 2014.
- The program will be administered by the Office of Research and Graduate Programs through the Office of Research Administration (ORA).
- Awardees will be expected to give a campus symposium on their VERITAS research during the academic year following the academic year in which the award is made.