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Research at Boston College

Essential Resources for Research

research at boston college

teaching at BCTEACHING and RESEARCH are two of the principal faculty responsibilities at Boston College.

The resources available here will enable Boston College faculty to learn about developing research proposals, applying for funding, carrying out research projects, and presenting findings. All of the links on this page connect to other, more in-depth resources. We hope you will find this information helpful.

BC Colleagues

As you prepare to launch a new research study, you will find that one of your most valuable resources is the Boston College faculty. Many of your colleagues serve on panels charged with making decisions about funding research projects; hence they may be in an optimal position to advise you.

Library and Media Resources

Boston College Libraries are fully committed to supporting faculty research and teaching. A description of the full scope of support services for faculty research can be found on the Libraries' Faculty Support page including links to the Holmes Catalog, Online Databases, Journals, Consortium Borrowing Privileges, how to contact a Subject Specialist and Data Management Planning. Information is also available concerning library support for bibliographic citation utilities such as EndNote and RefWorks. Find more information on the Library Resources and Services page.

Funding Guidance

Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP)
Faculty members considering new research projects that require external funding should contact the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP). The OSP serves faculty members involved in developing research proposals to external funding agents. This office provides a wealth of information, including Facts Needed for Proposals, The Handbook for Sponsored Projects, Policies and Procedures, and Useful Forms. The OSP also can prodvide information about SPIN, a database of information about funders.

Boston College offers faculty competitive internal funding opportunities that can be invaluable to starting a new line of inquiry or competing for external funds.

In addition to SPIN, faculty may wish to search the following for funding opportunities: The Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, for health services research grants; GrantsNet, for biomedical funding options; the Grant Advisor plus, which catalogs opportunities in all major disciplines; or the National Research Council for Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs.

Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR)
CFR provides an online database of up-to-date, pre-screened external corporate and foundation funding opportunities for faculty and postdoctoral fellows, Boston College GrantScape. CFR staff can also help develop strategies to maximize the chances of securing funding from corporate and foundation prospects.