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Funding Opportunities

University Grant Conditions

Proposed research that entails the use of human subjects, laboratory animals, radiological hazards, biohazards, or recombinant DNA must comply with University policies. Please consult the SCU Office of Research Compliance and Integrity web page for more information. If compliance committee approval is needed for a project, then such approval must be obtained before any grant is awarded.

Internal Funding for Faculty

Lecturer Professional Activity Grants - February 28, 2014

SCU Faculty Summer Scholarship Stipend (FS3) AND Faculty Scholarship Course Release Initiative Grants - February 21, 2014

Faculty Student Research Assistant Program (FSRAP) - February 28, 2014

University Research and Teaching Grants - February 21, 2014

Sustainability Research Initiative -February 21, 2014

Publication Grants - year round

Other Internal Funding for Faculty

Technology Grants

School and College Grants

Centers of Distinction Grants

External Funding for Faculty

Internal Funding for Students

Johnson Leadership Experience Stipend - March 21, 2014

ALZA Corporation Science Scholar - February 14, 2014

Clare Booth Luce Research Scholars - February 14, 2014

Undergraduate Travel Awards - February 14, 2014

Other Student Internal Funding

Internal Funding for Faculty

Lecturer Professional Activity Grants

In support of our new faculty appointment model, we are launching a new program designed to support the professional activity of Lecturers. Grants of up to $2,000 are available. Professional activity refers to scholarly or creative work, professional practice, or other active engagement in a discipline or field that enables a Lecturer to remain current in that area and vital as a teacher. Examples of professional activity include attendance or presentations at conferences, occasional publications that contribute to scholarship or pedagogy in the field, creative work in the arts, and practice in a professional field. Senior Lecturers and Lecturers are eligible to apply.

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SCU Faculty Summer Scholarship Stipend (FS3) AND Faculty Scholarship Course Release Initiative Grants (Common Application)

The Provost and the University Research Committee seek to provide greater support for faculty research, scholarship and creative activity, and to streamline the processes for faculty to apply for such support. To this end, the Faculty Course Release Initiative and the Faculty Scholarship Summer Stipend Program will now have a common application process. Up to ten course releases and up to six summer stipends will be awarded annually. In addition to requesting a course release for the 2014-15 academic year or a summer stipend for summer 2014, applicants may also request up to $5,000 each for research expenses such as travel, supplies, or student assistant support. All proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the University Research Committee in consultation with the Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs. The Provost, in consultation with the appropriate dean, will grant the awards. School of Law faculty have separate programs and are not eligible for these opportunities.

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Faculty-Student Research Assistant Program (FSRAP)

Academic year awards will be up to $1,000 for undergraduate student wages and benefits. Faculty with academic year appointments are invited to submit proposals. The principal objectives of the FSRAP program are twofold: to provide faculty with assistance in their scholarship, and to provide student research assistants with a meaningful learning experience through the faculty mentoring process.

Faculty who wish to apply should complete the FSRAP application form and need not have a a student research assistant identified at the time of application. Please use the email option to submit your final application. The application deadline is February 28, 2014.

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Sustainability Research Initiative Grants

Sustainability Research Initiative will have an annual budget, provided by the President's Office, of $115,000 for three years. The Initiative includes research grants ($90,000), professional development grants ($5,000), and a research retreat ($20,000). 

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University Research and Teaching Grants

Research Grants support projects that will lead to significant publication or support from external sponsors. Recipients of University Research Grants are encouraged to work with the Sponsored Projects Office to develop a plan for obtaining external research funding in the future.

Teaching Grants support activities that will improve the quality of education at Santa Clara through curricular or pedagogical innovation. Preference is given to projects that promise to have a significant impact on an entire school, department, or program; projects that enhance the Core Curriculum or Residential Learning Communities; or projects that promote integrated education through faculty collaboration. All Teaching Grant proposals must indicate intended learning outcomes and provide a plan for assessment.

Most University Research and Teaching grants fall in the range of $1,000 to $5,000, but there are no absolute limits. All faculty with academic year appointments are eligible to submit proposals for Teaching and Research grants.

Previous University grant recipients are ordinarily not eligible to receive a new grant until the earlier grant has been completed and a final report has been submitted. Any exceptions should be accompanied by an explanation and an interim report. In accordance with a recommendation by the Committee on Research, proposals funded by the University will be available for inspection by other faculty upon request.

All proposals should follow the guidelines listed below.  All grants should be submitted to grants@scu.edu, with the type of grant in the email subject line (e.g. Teaching grant; Clare Boothe Luce Scholar; Research grant; and etc.)

Please do not hesitate to contact the Associate Provost with questions or concerns.

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Publication Grants

Grants support university and other scholarly press subventions, indexing, copyright permission, and other publication costs.

  • Contact: Diane Jonte-Pace, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Applications accepted year round
  • Amount: up to full cost for probationary tenure-track faculty; ordinarily up to $1000 for tenured faculty, senior lecturers, lecturers, and other faculty with academic year appointments.

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Other Internal Funding for Faculty

Technology Grants support technology innovation for curricular, scholarly, and service-oriented projects.

Contact: Paul Soukup, S.J., Chair, Technology Steering Committee; Ron Danielson, CIO.
Application deadline: TBD
Amount: Teaching Grants up to $10,000; Larger Projects up to $100,000. Information: Go to ERes and search for "TSC000".
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School and College Grants

College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Grants support the scholarship and creative activity of tenure-stream teaching scholars. Contact: Kathleen Schneider, Senior Assistant Dean. Applications accepted year round.

Moran Family Trust Grants support the integration of ethics and social justice into the curriculum for tenured and tenure track faculty and senior lecturers in the College of Arts & Sciences. Contact: Marie Brancati, College of Arts & Sciences.
Application deadline: January
Amount: up to $1,500

School of Business Leavey Grants support creative scholarship and teaching innovation of full-time tenure-track faculty. Contact: Dean's office, Leavey School of Business.
Application deadline: May

School of Engineering Internal Grants support direct costs of a research project, including student support, for full time faculty. Contact: Dean's office, School of Engineering.
Application deadline: June

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Center for Science, Technology, and Society offers fellowships and research grants for faculty and students to advance its mission "to promote the use of science and technology to benefit underserved populations worldwide." Grants up to $5000 are available for faculty through several programs, with application deadlines in the fall and winter. For more information click here.

Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education: Bannan Grants support scholarly and pedagogical projects enhancing the Jesuit character of the University. Dialogue and Design Grants provide seed money for collaborative projects. Contact: Paul Woolley, Associate Director, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.
Application deadlines: October and April
Amount: up to $5,000

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Faculty Study Group Grants

The Faculty Development Program provides grants of $500 to support interdisciplinary study groups for faculty who wish to meet on a regular basis to read and discuss scholarship of mutual interest and support one another's work. Contact Anne Riconosciuto, x2746, or Eileen Razzari Elrod, x4136, or click here for more information.

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The Willem and Maria Roelandts Fellowship

The Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program in Science and Technology for Social Benefit funds faculty and students from all disciplines and majors to research, develop or apply science or technology for social benefit broadly conceived. Visit the CSTS web site for more information.

A range of internal and external funding opportunities are available to support of faculty research and scholarship.  To see summaries of these opportunities, click here.

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External Funding for Faculty

To assist faculty in identifying potential funding sources, two search tools are available: Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) and Grants.gov.

SPIN is a funding opportunities database designed to provide up-to-date information on current national and international government and private funding sources. All of the date in SPIN is obtained directly from the sponsoring agencies to ensure the integrity of the information.

To use SPIN, login to the website, where you can create a profile and start exploring. If you have questions, please contact Sophia Hinojosa in the Sponsored Projects Office (554-4408).

Grants.gov offers the ability to find grant opportunities that are offered by all federal grant-making agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice. To begin searching, simply go to Grants.gov.  Reminder: all federal grant applications including those submitted through grants.gov must be processed through the Sponsored Projects Office.

The Sponsored Projects Office assists faculty with proposal development, award acceptance and extramural funds accounting.  A description of the full range of services provided by SPO can be found at www.scu.edu/spo.

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Internal Funding for Students

Johnson Leadership Experience Stipend

In support of Santa Clara’s commitment to educating leaders of conscience and compassion, Johnson Leadership Experience program provides a one-time stipend to students for a self-tailored enrichment experience designed to enhance learning and cultivate leadership and ethical decision-making skills. Each award provides a stipend up to $7,500 and up to 5 stipends will be awarded. An overall GPA of 3.5 or higher is required. The stipend is available to students after they have completed their second year of attendance at Santa Clara, but before they graduate. The projects might include, for example:

  • Application Deadline: March 21, 2014
  • an internship with a company or non-profit organization
  • an international or domestic service project
  • a research project on-campus or wherever appropriate to the project

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ALZA Corporation Science Scholar

Each ALZA Scholar receives a $13,000 annual award with summer research wages ($10,000) for up to two summers, academic year research wages ($2,500) for up to two academic years and supply funds ($500 total for the summer and academic year). Candidates must be undergraduates with a declared major in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Public Health, Physics, or Psychobiology. Candidates should have a career interest in biology, chemistry, the pharmaceutical industry, or medicine and be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The research mentor will be responsible for managing award funds. The application deadline is February 14, 2014

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Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars

Each award provides up to $10,000 for undergraduate summer research including wages, benefits, supplies and domestic research-related travel (the Luce Foundation does not support international travel).  Clare Booth Luce Research Scholar awards are for undergraduate women who are U.S. citizens majoring in the natural sciences and engineering. Pre-health science majors are ineligible for these awards. An overall GPA of 3.25 or higher is required at the time of the award. Students planning to attend medical school or to pursue health professions careers are ineligible for this award.

To apply, students should send their Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar proposal via email to grants@scu.edu by February 14, 2014.

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Undergraduate Student Travel Awards

Awards of up to $1,000 will be provided for undergraduate students to present research results at a scholarly meeting or to participate in a creative project as a scholarly endeavor. Students should apply for these awards.

To apply, students should send their Undergraduate Student Travel Award proposal via email to grants@scu.edu. The application deadline is February 14, 2014.

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Other Internal Funding for Students

Provost Research Fellowships

The Office of Fellowships awards two Provost Research Fellowships of up to $1,500 for qualified juniors with promising research agendas. These summer research fellowships are intended to provide opportunities for significant independent research for students planning to pursue graduate study and major nominated fellowships. Candidates must be nominated by a faculty member willing to work with them to develop the research project and application, and to serve as mentor during the Summer. For further information, please contact Leilani Miller, Director of the Office of Fellowships Undergraduate Studies.

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Center for Science, Technology and Society's Global Social Benefit Fellowship

The Global Social Benefit Fellowship provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and research for undergraduate juniors within the GSBI worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. GSBF places juniors with social entrepreneurs during the summer prior to their senior year. If you are presently a junior, you are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.

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The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

Bannan Grants are designed to fund scholarly and pedagogical efforts by Santa Clara faculty, staff, and students which also further the mission of the Institute. Click here for more information.


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The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics are for the duration of senior year and have a stipend of $4,000. Fellowship selections for the next school year are made by the end of the Spring Quarter. The goal of the Hackworth Fellowships is to have Fellows promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers. In order to pursue this goal, Fellows are expected either to develop their own programs in an area of interest to them or to work with existing programs at the center. These programs can be on as wide a range of topics and use as wide a range of methods as are of interest to each Fellow. Click here for more information.


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Contact Us

Research & Faculty Affairs

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0461

(408) 551-1817  phone
(408) 551-1873  fax

Student Scholars
To see a list of previous Doelger Scholar, Clare Boothe Luce Scholar and Undergraduate Travel Award recipients, please click here (PDF 13KB).