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Funding Resources in Liberal Arts and Sciences

For internal funding opportunities available to faculty at the University level, please visit the Office of the Provost's internal funding opportunities website and Villanova's Institute for Teaching and Learning's Minigrant program
  • CLAS Faculty Research and Development Grant Program  (Deadlines: First week in Oct and Feb)
    (on that page, scroll to "Programs" for more information)

    The program provides modest funding to support CLAS faculty in their efforts to continually strengthen their contributions to the College in ways that will benefit our students, scholarship, and intellectual life. Awards are limited to $2500 to support faculty research travel, attendance of professional seminars, and presentations at overseas conferences. An award up to $5000 may be made to support a professional on-campus gathering, provided that it is also open to Villanova faculty.

    Eligibility:  Tenure-track and tenured faculty, as well as to full-time non-tenure-track faculty who hold a professorial rank. Awards are limited to one per faculty member every two years.

  • CLAS Resarch Semester Program (Deadline: November)
    (on that page, scroll to "Programs" for more information and deadline

    The program provides CLAS faculty with one semester of research time from teaching in order to make significant, demonstrable progress in their scholarship.

    Eligibility: Associate and full professors in all departments are eligible to apply for the CLAS research semester. Additional details on the Purpose, Eligibility and Conditions of the program are described in the program announcement.

    Up to four faculty will be awarded the Research Semester for the 2017-18 academic year. The impact of the program will be assessed during a two-year trial period, after which a decision will be made regarding the continuation, expansion, or cessation of the program.
  • CLAS Course Initiative Grant in Diversity or Sustainability (Due in March) -  provides $2500 of summer funding to support full-time CLAS faculty members to develop new, (or revise existing), undergraduate and graduate courses in the humanities, social sciences and sciences that consider the complexities of either Diversity or Environmental Sustainability. 

External Funding

The Director of Grant Development can help you search databases and investigate funding guidelines, eligibility and deadlines.

Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR)  facilitates and orchestrates the creation and maintenance of strategic partnerships between Villanova University, corporations, and private, philanthropic foundations.  CFR also provides planning and research assistance throughout the entire cultivation, proposal submission and stewardship process.

You can search for funding sources yourself but please contact the Director of Grant Development to do this for you.

Research Funding Database - This is an easily customizable database that pulls from several different databases (listed below) in real time, so it is up-to-date for both federal and private sponsors. (Because it is hosted by Duke University it also includes a few internal grants that only Duke faculty are eligible for).

SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network) - With instructions to login through VU
Contains information on over 1,200 different sponsoring agencies, including federal, non-federal, and international funding opportunities. SPIN is funded and managed by ORA. - You can search, apply and track federal grants offered by 26 federal grant-making agencies. Search by keywords or more specific criteria. To APPLY for a federal grant, you must complete the registration process.

Foundation Directory Online - The Falvey Library offers access to this directory with your Villanova ID and Password as well as other resources on Philanthropy.  This database is regularly updated with over 140,000 grant makers. The Director of Grant Development can also search this database for you.  For a comprehensive, regularly updated listing, please go to (hover over the RFP tab at the top to provide a complete listing by area).

Chronicle of Higher Education - Provides some upcoming opportunities by deadline.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 
Promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and in Germany

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 
Sloan Research Fellowships 
Two-year research fellowships for early-career faculty in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, relevant fields in the biological sciences, or in a related interdisciplinary field

American Academy of Arts & Sciences 
Visiting Scholars Program
Residential fellowships for junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

American Association of University Women 
American Fellowships
For women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.

American Philosophical Society 
Franklin Research Grants
Small grants to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge

Carnegie Corporation of NY
To promote international peace and to advance education and knowledge, in areas of International Peace and Security, Higher Education in Africa, Pathways to Education Opportunity and Pathways to Citizenship and Civic Integration

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society 
Contemplative Practice Fellowships
Support development of courses and teaching materials that explore contemplative practice from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives

Council of American Overseas Research Centers 
Fellowships for Advanced Multi-Country Research 
Small awards for research overseas in the Near and Middle East and South Asia, on issues of multinational significance in the social sciences, humanities, and related natural sciences

Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Short and Long term Fulbright Fellowships  
Grants for U.S. faculty and professionals to lecture and conduct research abroad in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, as well as short-term academic opportunities

Ford Foundation (via the National Research Council)
Ford Fellowships
Pre- , Dissertation and Post-Doctoral fellowships to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties and to maximize the educational benefits of diversity

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
One- to two-year awards for research in the natural, social sciences and the humanities to increase understanding of violence and aggression

Henry Luce Foundation
Grantmaking in American Art, East Asia, Theology; Higher Education, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, Public Policy and the Environment, and the Clare Boothe Luce Program for women in science, mathematics and engineering.     

Huntington Library
Short-Term and Long-Term Awards
Fellowships for research on British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Fellowships in all fields for "advanced professionals"

John Templeton Foundation
Supports bold ideas that engage the "big questions" and draw in multiple disciplines, including natural and human sciences, philosophy, and theology. The foundation’s core funding areas are: Science and the Big Questions; Character Virtue Development; Freedom and Free Enterprise; Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius; and Genetics.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)  
NIH is the primary federal agency responsible for biomedical and behavioral research to improve the health of the nation.
     Listing of NIH Institutes and Centers 
     Tips on How to prepare an NIH Proposal
     Guidelines for NIH application forms

National Science Foundation (NSF) 
The NSF is the primary federal agency to fund research and education in most fields of the natural sciences and engineering and some areas of the social and behavioral sciences. Most grants are funded through program solicitations or program announcements (unsolicited applications with no deadlines).      
      Tips on How to Prepare an NSF Proposal (pdf)   
      Merit/evaluation Criteria (pdf)
      Proposal – Full Guidelines- effective on or after December 26th, 2014 
      Fastlane - Fastlane PDF Instructions 
               Crosscutting and NSF-wide
               Biological Sciences
               Computer & Information Science & Engineering
               Education and Human Resources
               Environmental Research & Education
               International & Integrative Activities
               Mathematical & Physical Sciences
               Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Fellowships in the natural sciences and mathematics, creative arts, humanities, and social sciences in residence in Cambridge, MA

Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program
“Mid-career awards” - Residential fellowships for independent research projects in association with Smithsonian staff

William T Grant Foundation
Grants and Fellowships
Invests in research, especially interdisciplinary research, with the potential to advance theory, policy, and practice related to children and youth in the United States.

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Dissertation and Teaching Fellowships

This listing is not comprehensive and information may be updated regularly and some links may become obsolete. We welcome additions or suggestions. One major source of these lists was adapted with permission from Swarthmore College's Sponsored Programs and Institutional Relations.


Also find more targeted funding sources in the:

   Social Sciences  

For more information on a sponsor, including deadlines and requirements, contact:

Lyla Kaplan
Director of Grant Development
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
SAC 190
Phone: (610) 519-8411