Church Sexual Abuse Crisis Research Grant
The Church Sexual Abuse Crisis Research Grant is intended to fund projects that are comprehensive in scope, budget and impact.
The projects supported by this grant program are expected to address some aspect of the current crisis that will serve the U.S. and global Church, whether understanding its history and causes, ensuring safe environments for minors and adults, study of possible reforms and deepening the Church’s sense of shared responsibility by all its members.
Full-time regular members of the University of Notre Dame faculty, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, library faculty, and special professional faculty, are eligible to serve as Principal Investigator (PI) on proposals to the program. Research fellows and visiting faculty cannot serve as PIs, but are encouraged to join teams led by eligible faculty. Funding may be used to support research at other universities and partner institutions, but the PI must be from Notre Dame.
The grant period is two years. A one year, no-cost extension may be approved with satisfactory progress on the project.
The grant application is closed.
1. Concept Paper
The concept paper submission should be a single PDF document with naming convention of “<LEAD PI NETID>_SAC Concept<YEAR>.pdf” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. FULL PROPOSAL CONTENT AND FORMATTING
Given the review panel will contain members from across the University, applicants should write the proposal in clear, non-technical language suitable for a general audience.
Each proposal must include the following items in the order listed:
- Cover page with the following information: Proposal title, name of program (“Church Sexual Abuse Crisis”), and the name, department and/or center/institute affiliation, phone number, and email address for each listed investigator with the lead PI listed first.
- Abstract of the proposed project (one page maximum, single-spaced).
- Description of the proposed project (four pages maximum, single-spaced):
- The objective of the project.
- Background, previous work, and/or motivation as appropriate.
- The project approach and methods.
- The anticipated outcomes, including anticipated future research that will result from this project.
- The anticipated time schedule.
- Discussion of how the project will address program priorities.
- Budget and budget justification:
- Use the interactive Microsoft Excel budget template.
- Itemize and justify equipment purchase necessary to the project.
- Justify any proposed travel.
- List budget cost-sharing as a separate line item.
- Current curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) for each faculty member listed on the cover sheet as an investigator. CVs for external collaborators may be included if integral to the proposal. If postdoctoral research associates, graduate students, and/or undergraduates are included in the project as collaborators, describe their qualifications using a maximum of one page for all such collaborators.
- For projects involving human subjects, a human subjects protocol plan that includes statements regarding the eligible population of subjects, the subject recruitment strategy, the data to be collected and the means of collection, the risks, and the data management and data security strategy to be used.
The submission should be a single PDF document with naming convention of “<LEAD PI NETID>_CSAC Research Proposal<YEAR>.pdf” to email@example.com. Proposals that do not comply with format and content guidelines may be rejected without review.
PROPOSAL REVIEW CRITERIA
- Alignment with the objectives of the statement.
- Contribution: The proposed work should seek to make a discernable, positive contribution to advancing understanding and taking positive steps to addressing the current crisis.
- Excellence/Rigor: The program of research, scholarship, or creative endeavor must be of the highest quality.
- Collaboration: Preference will be given to collaborative and/or interdisciplinary projects.
- Qualifications of Project Personnel: The committee will consider the ability of the researcher(s) to carry out the proposed project based on the record of past work and/or evidence of future promise.
- Budget: All funding requests will be evaluated on their level of appropriateness in relation to the proposed research.
- Diversity: When appropriate, proposal will be evaluated on the extent to which the proposed work reflects and incorporates/addresses diversity in a broad sense, including diverse disciplines as well as gender, ethnic/racial, socio-economic, and other kinds of diversity of the research team and proposed research participants. Proposals that address elements of diversity are particularly encouraged.
Grants from this program will typically be for $50,000 or less. Grant funding may support the following categories of expenditures:
- Partial summer salary for faculty (up to one-ninth of academic year salary for faculty on nine-month appointments and up to one-twelfth of annual salary for faculty on twelve-month appointments).
The following expenditures will not be supported by grant funds:
In accepting an award, the awardee agrees to:
- Conform to established practices and procedures concerning sponsored program activity.
- Submit a final report to Notre Dame Research no later than three months after the end date of the award. The report should summarize the activities funded by the award, list the significant results achieved, and list any press coverage related to the project. It should also include reprints or preprints of papers arising from the research project that have been published, have been submitted, or are in preparation.
- Act in accordance with the policy that all permanent equipment purchased, in any, is the property of the University unless otherwise specified when the grant is approved.
- Awards will be contingent upon approval of any protocols for research involving the use of live vertebrate animals, recombinant DNA molecules, and/or human subjects. Please obtain guidelines and policies affecting these types of projects from Notre Dame Research Compliance.