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Faculty Research and Development

The Faculty Research and Development Fund supports faculty development by funding individual faculty development projects and by sponsoring workshops, presentations, and other activities for the faculty.

The fund is part of the budget for the vice president for academic affairs. Decisions for allocation of the fund are made by the Committee for Faculty Research and Development (CFRD) in consultation with the vice president for academic affairs. The Committee reports to the Faculty Senate.

Individual Faculty Development Projects

Full-time and pro-rata faculty are eligible to submit funding proposals. Eligible faculty may submit proposals as often as they wish and may be funded for an indefinite number of consecutive years. They may apply for research and development funds in any of the following categories:

  • Stipends for research, attending institutes or workshops, or creative experiences. The amount of the stipend depends on the number of applicants and the amount of development funds available. The stipend award may be for summer projects or projects that are ongoing throughout the calendar year. Faculty members are not prohibited from teaching or other work during the grant period; the grant requires only that the recipient devote a significant amount of time to the funded project.
  • Modest awards for travel expenses (transportation, lodging, meals) while engaged in research. Travel grants are awarded for the fall and spring, as well as summer.
  • Funds to hire student assistants to help with development projects.
  • Funds for the purchase of books, equipment and other materials, and for the cost of photocopying related to development projects. 

Criteria and Procedures: 

  • Prior to submission of the proposal, the applicant should confer with the vice president for academic affairs and/or the department chair regarding any matters that might affect institutional or departmental planning.
  • On or before October 15th, applicants should submit the Application Form and six copies of both the development proposal and the supporting letter to the CFRD.  
  • The applicant must also submit a copy of the proposal to the vice president for academic affairs if the project is to be carried on during a sabbatical leave.
  • Proposals should be clearly written, with a clearly defined purpose and a clear statement of achievable development goals. 
  • Proposals should make clear the potential of the project to contribute to the professional growth of the applicant. 
  • Proposals should also address how the project would help to enhance the scholarly or academic life of the University. 
  • Requests will be considered in keeping with the goal of obtaining an equitable distribution of the available funds to as many qualified applicants as possible.
  • The proposal must include a detailed letter of support from someone qualified to confirm the significance of the project to the applicant’s professional development, the University, and the academic profession.  Faculty who are serving on the CFRD are not eligible to write supporting letters.
  • Granting of funds is contingent upon the recipient's continued service to Notre Dame during the next academic year. Acceptance of funds carries an obligation to use the funds for the purpose stated in the proposal.
  • Grant recipients must submit progress reports on or before October 1st each year for the duration of the development project, and upon the completion, of the development project.  The report is submitted to the CFRD.  In addition, recipients may be invited to share the findings or implications of their project with the faculty. 

Faculty Workshops, Presentations, and Other Activities

A portion of the Faculty Research and Development Fund is used to sponsor faculty workshops on topics of general interest that are designed to assist faculty with their teaching and advising responsibilities.  The fund is also used to sponsor presentations by faculty or visiting scholars regarding the speaker's research.

Submit a funding proposal