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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 provides more information about internal funding programs, including due dates, past recipients and the latest call for proposals:

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 the Associate Vice Provost for Research 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 the Associate Vice Provost for Research 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 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 University Travel Grant 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. Read 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 scholarshipsresearch 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.

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