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.


  1. All tenured, tenure-track, and continuing non-tenure track faculty and post-doctoral teaching fellows are eligible to apply.
  2. 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

  1. The maximum amount of an award is $10,000.  Awards in the range of $4,000 to $6,000 have been common.
  2. 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.
  3. Grants may include summer salary not to exceed the compensation for one summer course, up to a maximum of $7,000.
  4. Grants may be used for any reasonable research-related expense such as graduate student support, equipment, supplies, and travel.
  5. 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.
  6. The program will be administered by the Office of Research and Graduate Programs through the Office of Research Administration (ORA).
  7. 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.


June 4, 2013

VERITAS 2013 Recipients

Nielsen, Cynthia R., Ethics - "Re-Humanizing the Inmate, Dismantling Radicalized Discourses, and Redeeming Time: Toward Transformative, Restorative, and We-Building Possibilities"

Tomko, Michael, Humanities and Augustinian Traditions - "The Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Petic Faith from Coleridge to Tolkein"

Smith, Rachel, Theology and Religious Studies - "Female Exemplarity in the Bonum Universale de Apibus and the Formicarius"

Scott, Mark S. M., Augustine and Culture Seminar Program - "Pathways in Theodicy: Constructive Perspectives on the Problem of Evil"

April 19, 2012


The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects is pleased to announce the VERITAS recipients for the summer of 2012 and offer congratulations to the successful applicants.

  • Peter Busch, Center for Liberal Education, Augustinian Peace in the Modern World
  • Jesse Couenhoven, Humanities, Augustine's Doctrines of Original Sin and Predestination
  • Anna Bonta Moreland, Humanitie
  • Robert DeFina, Sociology, Out in the Cold: Catholic Social Thought and the Attack on Public Sector Unions in Wisconsin
  • Eugene McCarraher, Humanities, The Intellectual and Political Condition of Liberation Theology

May 18, 2010


ORSP is pleased to announce the 2011 Veritas Recipients:
Adriano Duque, "African Path: The Dangerous Route to Christian Spain" - Romance Languages
Timothy Horner, "Catholic Relief Services, Rwanda" - Augustine Seminars
Carey Walsh, "A Real Presence of Biblical Narrative" - Theology
James Wilson, "TS Eliot, Jaques Maritain, and the Return of the Real" - Humanities

Proposal Requirements

  • Cover Sheet
  • Narrative, not to exceed twelve (12) double-spaced pages using no smaller than 12 point font. The Narrative should include a description of scholarship and achievements resulting directly from the most recent VERITAS award, if applicable.
  • Bibliography, not to exceed two (2) single-spaced pages using no smaller than 12 point font.  Bibliography should include any publications resulting directly from the most recent VERITAS award, if applicable.
  • Budget, not to exceed one page, in tabular format.  Explanatory comments may be added at the bottom of the table.
  • CV, not to exceed two (2) single-spaced pages using no smaller than 12 point font.

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

* Veritas_CoverSheet.doc
Veritas Award Cover Sheet

Submission Procedures

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

Submission Deadline
Proposals for Summer 2013 and the 2013-14 academic year are due by 5:00 pm Eastern time, Friday May 3, 2013.

Awards will be announced by May 17, 2013.

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.