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Small Research Grant Program

The Small Research Grant (SRG) competition is now closed for 2022


The SRG Program aims to encourage faculty to establish and maintain programs of research and/or creative activity. SRG supports projects that either a)  chart a significantly new trajectory in one’s scholarly, creative, or artistic development or b) for which other funding is not commonly available. Applicants should specify which category best represents their proposed project.

Note: Additional funds to seed collaborative, multidisciplinary projects are anticipated to be available beginning Fall 2022.


All full-time tenured, tenure track, and continuing non-tenure track faculty are eligible to apply. Projects under consideration for the University Summer Grant (USG) in this cycle may be submitted to the SRG Program on a provisional basis. Projects that are successful in the USG competition will be withdrawn from SRG consideration.

Award Amounts, Uses and Restrictions

Proposals may request up to $5,000 to support research-related expenses. Examples of allowable expenses include, but are not limited to, travel to research-related sites, equipment, supplies and books, data sets, software, and transcription services. Some known exclusions include childcare, professional society fees, conference travel, and student stipends. Funds may not be used to provide stipends for graduate or undergraduate students to work on their own thesis/dissertation research; however, students could be paid an hourly rate to assist on the faculty member’s research project. For questions about allowable expenses, please contact VIRS. The merits of a project will not be discussed.

Studies involving human subjects or animals must have appropriate approvals in place before funds can be disbursed.

All SRG awards have a one-year duration.

Proposal Guidelines

There is no specified format for proposals, however, proposals should clearly articulate the question or purpose of the project, the rationale, the method or approach, the nature of the activities to be undertaken, and the anticipated outputs (e.g., publications, manuscripts, etc.). Proposals should also clearly state the project’s significance in terms of either a) the scope of its potential impact on the targeted field; or b) the distinctiveness of the new trajectory it will initiate in the faculty member’s scholarly, creative, or artistic development. Proposals will be evaluated on the criteria as specified in the ‘Evaluation and Review Criteria’ section (outlined below).

Proposals are reviewed by a committee composed of faculty from several disciplines, and therefore must be written to be understood by members of multi-disciplinary review committees rather than by specialists in your field. Proposals should avoid discipline-specific terminology or jargon, and/or provide definitions of discipline-specific terminology when jargon cannot be avoided.

Proposal narratives should not exceed 3 double-spaced pages with 1-inch margins, using no smaller than 12 pt. font. In addition to the narrative, proposals must include a cited literature section, a resume/CV (maximum 2 pages), and a budget indicating how the funds would be used.

Please note, proposals that do not adhere to guidelines (including page limits) will be returned.

Evaluation and Review Criteria

SRG proposals are awarded by a competitive review process. Proposals are reviewed and evaluated by an internal evaluation committee of Villanova faculty from several disciplines. Proposal evaluation criteria are as follows:

  1. The potential for the project to have either: a) a significant impact on the
    targeted field; or b) to enable a faculty member to chart a significantly new trajectory in their scholarly, creative, or artistic development.
  2. Quality of the proposed project in terms of the clarity of its central question or purpose, grounding in the literature, approach, and activities to be undertaken.
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe at the proposed budget.
  4. The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant

Proposal Submission

  1. Integrate all proposal components into a single PDF and save  as YourName_SRG2022 (JohnDoe_SRG2022)
  2. Complete this SRG information form and upload your PDF where indicated
  3.  Click submit

Critical Dates (2022 cycle)

  1. Proposal submission deadline:  Jan 31 by 5 p.m. (EST)
  2. Announcement of awards: March 31

Post-award requirements

All SRG 2022 award expenditures must made by May 1, 2023. After receiving an award, and in order to be eligible for future awards, awardees will be required to prepare a Final Report, to be submitted to VIRS by May 15, 2023. Details for submitting final reports will be provided upon award.


Questions about proposal preparation, review, and allowable costs can be directed to the VIRS Director.