Church Sexual Abuse Crisis Research Grant Program

In his statement to the University of Notre Dame campus community on March 4, 2019, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. announced that the University would provide up to $1 million over the next three years to fund research projects that address issues emerging from the Church sexual abuse crisis.


In October 2018, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. established two Tasks Forces to inform the University’s response to the current crisis in the Catholic Church. One of these, the Research and Scholarship Task Force, was charged to consider ways in which Notre Dame’s scholarly and research expertise might presently serve the Church. 

The Task Force also urged for the provision of research grants to address the various aspects of the current crisis including, but not limited to, proposals that address maintaining safe environments for minors, maintaining safe environments for adults in asymmetrical power relationships, understanding the history and causes of the current crisis, and proposing reforms in the Church and society to which the current crisis gives rise. 


The Church Sexual Abuse Crisis Research Grant Program consists of two grant opportunities:

  • The Initiation Grant supports early-stage research initiatives (up to $10,000).

  • The Research Grant funds projects that are comprehensive in scope, budget and impact (up to $50,000).

Initiation Grant Research Grant


For questions on potential research ideas, please contact Bob Bernhard, Vice President for Research. Direct general questions about proposal formatting and submission to