Villanova University is committed to providing faculty with the resources needed to develop their research. A critical aspect of securing funding to support your scholarly work is finding appropriate funding sources. These can range from internal grants to federal sources, private foundations or cultivating corporate relationships.
The below internal funding programs are offered by VIRS, the Villanova Institute for Research and Scholarship. Additional information can be found on the VIRS Internal Funding Opportunities page:
The UNITAS Faculty Research Program supports scholarly research that focuses on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. In particular, this program supports research that responds to the goals of diversity outlined in the Villanova University Diversity Statement. The program is administered jointly by VIRS and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Read more
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 VIRS and the Office of Mission and Ministry. Read more
The University Summer Grant (USG) Program provides support to faculty to engage in research, scholarly activities and creative artistic projects. Overarching goals of the USG program are to foster the intellectual development of faculty and to facilitate faculty efforts to achieve national and international recognition in their scholarly field. Read more
The University Conference Travel Grant (UCTG) Program is intended to augment, but not supplant, existing support for faculty travel to present their work at appropriate venues available through Departments, Colleges, Centers and Institutes. The UCTG Program will consider proposals from full-time faculty only when alternative sources of travel support (for example, external grant funding, Department, College, Center or Institute travel support) are not available. Learn more.
The Small Research Grant (SRG) Program aims to encourage faculty to establish and maintain programs of research and/or creative activity by offering awards of up to $5,000 for research related expenses.
View the complete solicitation on the Small Research Grant Program webpage.
In Fall 2022, VIRS will pilot its Research Catalyst Grant (RCG) with a limited number of awards of up to $35,000. The program supports new, interdisciplinary, collaborative projects that have the potential to grow into high impact endeavors and which can become self-sustaining through new external funding. RCG awards are intended for project initiation activities and pilots to test a proof of concept.
View the complete solicitation on the Research Catalyst Grant Program webpage.
The below internal funding programs are administered by Falvey Library.
The Subvention of Publication Program is intended to support faculty in the publication of books and/or monographs that are of significant scholarly value, whether the prospective audience may be broad or somewhat limited. The program is especially interested in supporting works of the highest academic quality, which have been accepted at university or other outstanding presses that are highly selective in what they publish. Read more
The Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) Fund stems from Falvey Memorial Library's commitment to supporting open access publishing. This program is designed to provide financial support to members of the Villanova community who are interested in publishing high quality open access publications. Visit the SOAR webpage to learn more.
The University has curated a growing list of resources to help researchers begin thinking about where to seek support that makes sense for their needs.
Please contact Amanda Grannas, Vice Provost for Research and Chief Research Officer, for access.
The University offers faculty access to SPIN (Sponsored Projects Information Network), a powerful grant search engine for use by experienced faculty and newcomers alike. SPIN works like any other web search engine, using keywords to search a database—in this case, a diverse database of grant opportunities pulled from federal/state agencies and private foundations. Read more
Villanova University has engaged Thorn Run Partners (TRP), a leading higher education consulting firm, to provide grant writing assistance to select, high-potential research projects. Those interested in consideration for such support should email Amanda Grannas, Vice Provost for Research and Chief Research Officer. Read more
The Office of Grants and Contracts works with investigators during submission of sponsored project proposals on behalf of the University. The Office negotiates and executes various types of research agreements, provides sponsored projects education and communication, and assists with proper stewardship of research funds awarded to the University. Read more
Led by experienced academics in partnership with research support
professionals across the University, the Villanova Institute for
Research and Scholarship facilitates faculty, post-doctoral fellows and
graduate student success at all stages of research, scholarship and
creative endeavor. Read more
Villanova has consortium partnerships and opportunities with the following institutes:
As an associate ORAU member, Villanova students and faculty will have exclusive access to scholarships, research grants, travel grants, science and technology events, high-performance computing and collaborative opportunities. Faculty and staff will have opportunities to work with national laboratories, federal agencies, educational and governmental entities, as well as participate in knowledge-strengthening competitions, and interactions with scientific leaders that will enhance faculty and students’ professional growth.
In 2017, Villanova became a member of Life Sciences PA. Faculty and students can participate in scientific poster sessions connecting them to the PA life science industry, and other Life Science PA events.
In 2018, Villanova joined as a consortium member of the McNeil Center of Early American Studies. Since joining, several students have participated in Undergraduate Research Workshops, and faculty members have received summer faculty fellowships through the McNeil Center.