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Internal Funding Opportunities

Funding to support compelling research, scholarship, and creative projects across all disciplines

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 supporting research-related expenses. Award amount for the SRG varies annually depending on budgetary constraints. To view the complete solicitation and current year award amount, please click this link.

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. To view the complete solicitation, please click this link.