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PALUSE FACULTY RESEARCH GRANT

OBJECTIVE

The Paluse Faculty Research Grant is an important university-wide internal funding opportunity intended to support scholarly research that reflects the mission and identity of Duquesne University. The grants are open to full-time faculty working in any academic discipline. They are intended to lead, at minimum, to publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. Paluse Faculty Research Grants can be used to support a portion of a multi-phase research project, provided the project funded by the Paluse grant is clearly defined and the proposal makes a strong case for the likelihood of future external funding and publication. Grant awards are for $6,000. Up to three grants will be awarded this academic year.

FACULTY RESEARCH AND THE MISSION OF DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY

Paluse Faculty Research Grants are intended to support research and scholarship which reflect Duquesne's mission and engage resources in the Catholic intellectual tradition. All inquiry in search of the truth and in service to the human and common good contributes to the mission of Duquesne. Accordingly, a very wide range of research projects would fit within the scope of the Paluse Grant program. Moreover, the best insights of the Catholic intellectual tradition include openness to dialogue and commitments to non-defensive engagement. Projects that engage the intellectual resources of other faith traditions and relate these to the mission of Duquesne are welcome.

Proposals should be explicit regarding the relation of the research topic to Duquesne's mission. Faculty are encouraged to confer with the Director of the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to discuss how particular research agendas meet Paluse Grant program objectives. A Research Grant Workshop will be scheduled for January, 2015. The workshop will provide interested faculty with an opportunity to meet with previous grant recipients to discuss the scope of the Catholic intellectual tradition and the character of mission-related research and scholarship. Additionally, the Preliminary Proposal for applicants (see below) will foster conversation between applicants and the Director of the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition regarding how particular research projects fit within the objectives of the Paluse Grant program.

The Paluse Faculty Research Grant is made possible by the generous gift of Fr. Richard V. Paluse.

ELIGIBILITY

The Paluse research grant competition is open to all full-time Duquesne faculty with continuing full-time faculty appointments.  Faculty are encouraged to pursue collaborative and cross-disciplinary research projects and to submit them for Paluse funding.  Paluse Grant recipients may teach no more than one summer course for supplementary pay during the summer they hold the grant.

Previous winners of Paluse Faculty Research Grants are welcome to apply. Their proposals must demonstrate research outcomes from previous grants, and their applications must show that the current proposal focuses on a new research project. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a Paluse Faculty Research Grant in the last two years.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Preliminary proposals are due February 2, 2015
  • Applications are due on or before March 17, 2015
  • Awards will be announced on April 17, 2015
  • Report of Project Outcomes is due August 12, 2016

PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL

Faculty who are interested in applying for a Paluse Faculty Research Grant must submit a brief description of their proposed research projects and indicate how this project reflects the mission of Duquesne. The description should not exceed 250 words. Preliminary proposals should be submitted electronically to weaverd1@duq.edu by February 2, 2015. The preliminary proposals are intended to assist applicants in articulating the suitability of their projects for the Paluse Grant.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

1. Cover sheet, available at www.duq.edu/cit, with signatures from the applicant's Chair and Dean.
2. Narrative: The narrative should not exceed seven single spaced pages; this does not include the cover sheet, bibliography, curriculum vitae, or budget. The narrative should state:

  • The topic to be investigated and its significance
  • The contribution the proposed project will make
  • Methodology and assessment standards
  • Relation to the mission of Duquesne University and the Catholic intellectual tradition
  • Schedule for conducting the research project

3. One page bibliography
4. One page curriculum vitae
5. One page budget
6. Previous Paluse grant recipients must submit a statement showing their previous Paluse grant led to significant research outcomes (e.g, external funding for the research project, publication in a peer reviewed journal, etc.)
7. Research proposals involving human subjects require approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects.
8. Submit your application materials electronically as .pdf file to weaverd1@duq.edu by March 17, 2015.

BUDGET

Applications must include a one page budget. Grant funds will be placed in an account in the faculty member's department. Applicants are encouraged to consider the use of Duquesne graduate students as research assistants where appropriate; wages should be reasonable (i.e., comparable to what a student would be paid by the university for comparable work).

Grant funds may not be used for course reductions or tuition.

CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION

The Paluse Faculty Research Grant program is administered by the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee consisting of:

  • Darlene Fozard Weaver, Director, Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, ex officio
  • Rev. Ray French, VP for Mission and Identity, ex officio
  • David Lampe, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Gerry Magill, The Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy and Law and Professor of Healthcare Ethics
  • Sarah MacMillen, Associate Professor of Sociology
  • David Seybert, Professor, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Nagaraj Sivasubramaniam, Associate Professor of Management

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The committee will consider the scholarly merit of proposals based on the grant objectives stated above.

POST-AWARD REPORT OF PROJECT OUTCOMES

Grant winners are required to submit a Report of Project Outcomes to the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The report must:

  • state the work completed during the grant period,
  • assess the research completed in light of the objectives and timeframe in the grant proposal,
  • indicate how the research is being disseminated internally (via the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition's Paluse Fellows Research Colloquium) and externally,
  • include a copy of the published manuscript, and
  • provide an updated budget detailing how grant funds were spent.

Submit all post-award materials electronically to weaverd1@duq.edu. Reports will be shared with the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost.

Please acknowledge the support of the Paluse Faculty Research Grant in publications and presentations that result from research completed under the auspices of the grant program.

Paluse Faculty Research Grant Application

Paluse Cover Sheet (pdf.)