The Catholic University of America

University Institutional Grants Committee


The University has limited funds available to support faculty research projects. These funds are allocated to applicants by the University Institutional Grants Committee, which has delegated to the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies the ability to authorize applications up to $2,000. Applications are accepted throughout the school year. The forms are available online at

Grant-in-Aid funding is available to support any appropriate and necessary expenses related to a faculty member’s research. Grant-in-Aid requests cannot be used to supplement or provide salary considerations for the application. The most common uses of Grant-in-Aid funds include:

• Compensating student research assistants connected to the project;
• Subsidizing printing, copying and lithographing costs;
• Purchasing required instruments or equipment;
• Reimbursing travel expenses that are essential for a definite research project. Travel expenses related to professional conferences are generally not considered for these grants.

Please itemize your request as much as possible. If your grant request includes travel, please itemize justify the travel expenses expected, and specifically describe what research will be done during the travel. The proposed research, or that portion funded by the grant, must be completed within six months and a report must be filed with the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. University policy requires that all reports must be submitted before new applications for Grant-in-Aid funding from the same faculty member(s) are considered.

Any faculty member appointed as tenure-track is qualified to apply for Grant-in-Aid. Therefore, it is not necessary to include a curriculum vitae with the application. However, to assist the process, please attach 1 to 3 pages that show your most recent scholarly activity. This is to get a sense of your area of current research interests, productivity, and the results of any previous grants or Grant-in-Aid awards received in the past.

Special consideration will be given to applications that will support research likely to generate ongoing research funded by the government or private donors. Grant-in-Aid funding should also reasonably support research across disciplines.

At this time, Grant-in-Aid funding is not available for the following situations:

• Clinical professorial, adjunct faculty, or other teaching staff positions outside the tenure track;
• Supporting faculty development activities such as attendance at professional workshops or taking private courses, seminars, or training sessions;
• Supplementing or providing salary considerations for the applicant;
• Supporting the work of graduate students under a professor’s direction, or applying on behalf of graduate students.

When resources are inadequate to satisfy all legitimate applications, the following factors will be considered in awarding the Grant-in-Aid:

• The number of prior grants the applicant has received and the outcomes of those projects.
• The probability that other sources of funding may be available for the specific research project.
• The stage of the applicant’s academic career. Grant-in-Aid funding should be used to encourage new faculty members to pursue their research agendas.

Please Note: Grant-in-Aid funding cannot be used to supplement or provide salary for the applicant, but can be used to hire graduate students as research assistants specifically for the professor's project.


• All Grant-in-Aid projects must be completed within six months of the award date.
• All Grant-in-Aid reports must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at the end of the project.
• Any outstanding Grant-in-Aid reports must be submitted to the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies before a new application from the same faculty member is considered by the University Institutional Grants Committee.
• Grant-in-Aid awards and subsequent spending must comply with all applicable University policies, especially those found on the University Finance policies website. For further information on these policies, please visit
• Because of the funding mechanisms involved in the Grant-in-Aid program, some research costs cannot be paid through a Grant-in-Aid.

If you have any questions about this University Grant-in-Aid policy, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at 202-319-5247 or by e-mail at


Mr. Ralph Albano: Associate Provost for Research and Director of Technology Transfer

Rev. Dr. John P. Galvin: Ordinary Professor of Systematic Theology, School of Theology and Religious Studies

Dr. James J. Greene: Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies; Ordinary Professor, Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Patrick Tuite: Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Drama, School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Barry M. WagnerOrdinary Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Rosemary Winslow: Associate Professor, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences


Grant-in-Aid Forms and Instructions can be found here in Adobe Acrobat format. These forms contain information about the appropriate use of funds, and instructions for completing the application for research Grant-In-Aid.

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