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Research at Boston College

Boston College Internal Funding

research at boston college

There are a number of internal funding opportunities for faculty at Boston College.  For a complete list of options please visit the Faculty Awards and Grants site under the Provost's Office.  Please review each funding opportunity to ensure your proposal aligns with the goals of each unique program.  Additional information on other internal grants can be found in the Boston College Faculty Handbook.


Research Internal Funding Opportunities

Research Expense Grants (REGs)

The purpose of the Research Expense Grants Program is to finance the smaller expenses of doing research. These expenses include, but are not limited to, payment for a library card, travel to libraries, library computer services, photocopying at libraries or of journal articles requested through interlibrary loan, and payment to student assistants. The typical award will be for several hundred dollars or less. The maximum for a single research expense grant is $2,000.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for Research Expense Grants. Faculty should note that Research Expense Grant funds may be used only for expenses related to research and may not be used as income. Funds are not granted retroactively.

Research Incentive Grants (RIGs)

At least 16 Research Incentive Grants, each worth up to a total of $15,000, including one month's summer salary, are available annually on a competitive basis, with approximately nine intended primarily for untenured junior faculty to assist them in establishing their research program. At least one RIG has been designated to support research consistent with the University's commitment to the service of faith and the promotion of justice. The research project must be initiated during the summer months but the project period may continue through the following academic year. The RIG program is designed to support research carried out directly by the faculty applicant. With rare exceptions, a RIG will not be awarded to the same faculty member more than once in three years.

Ignite Program

The goal of the Ignite Program is to help Boston College researchers compete for increasingly limited pools of external funds, including private/foundational, state, federal, and international sources of funding. The Ignite Program provides rapid access to pilot funds, intended to help Boston College faculty engaged in research to compete for external funding. Awards will be distributed three times per year, with 3 – 4 awards per cycle for up to $30,000. The primary components of the proposal include a research plan and a leveraging plan, which provides an explanation of how the award will facilitate future applications for external funding.

Research Across Departments and Schools (RADS)

The RADS program is specifically aimed at supporting interdisciplinary research projects between faculty in different disciplines, departments, and schools across Boston College. It is widely recognized that some of the most important problems facing society cannot be solved by researchers in individual disciplines working independently. Problems in areas such as public health, energy, human disease, and the environment are inherently interdisciplinary; they require the collaborative efforts of faculty/researchers that have different knowledge, perspectives, and expertise. The primary purpose of this program is to assist faculty in leveraging ideas into possible future external grant proposals, with the objective to promote interdisciplinary collaborations that might not occur otherwise. The Vice Provost for Research (VPR) will support five projects annually for up to $50,000.