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The Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts Grant Program in Science and Technology for Social Benefit

Request for Proposals
Research Grant Program Fall 2014

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society (the Center) requests research proposals in science and technology for social benefit. The mission of the Center is to accelerate global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Researchers from all disciplines and academic fields are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. The deadline is Thursday October 16, 2014, at 5pm.


The Roelandts Grant Program funds faculty and student research projects that use science and technology for social benefit, broadly defined. The program encourages innovative uses of scientific knowledge and technological development to address social needs, locally and globally. The Roelandts Grant Program seeks to fund a diversity of research activity, especially new and innovative projects, and those that serve the social enterprise movement. The program will award about $45,000 to about twenty projects this funding cycle. 


The Center will hold two application workshops to help faculty and students strengthen their proposals improve their likelihood of success. These will be held on Thursday, Oct 9, 5.15-6:15 pm, and Monday, Oct 13, 5.15-6:15 pm in the Frugal Innovation Lab (School of Engineering). For more information, contact Keith Douglass Warner OFM kwarner@scu.edu.


The program preferentially funds research projects that can address the needs of social enterprises (which we describe as “priority funding”), especially the 200+ social enterprises that have come through our Global Social Benefit Institute. Social enterprises use business strategies and innovative technologies to address human needs, for example, helping people escape poverty. Proposals that can demonstrate communication and collaboration with social enterprises will be prioritized in the allocation of funds. Proposal for fundamental research or basic laboratory research are welcomed, but all proposals must clearly explain how research will benefit human society or meet human needs.  Roelandts Request for Proposals (PDF)


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