The Research and Scholarship Program (RSP) – Regular Grant (RG) provides funds to support outstanding research, scholarship, or creative endeavors that will make a major contribution to any field of study.

Projects should lead to a significant outcome during the period of the award. The RSP-RG should not be used as seed funding for the generation of preliminary results. This grant should be used for standalone projects that bring additional visibility and recognition to the University of Notre Dame. Grants up to $100,000 of total funding, as appropriate to the research proposal, over three years are available through this program. Augmentation of the grants by the Colleges and Departments is allowed.


The following categories are eligible to apply for this program:

  • Full-time members of the University of Notre Dame regular faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Faculty members receiving FRSP-RG funding during the past five years are ineligible (award years 2018–2023).
  • The RSP-RG program supports outstanding research, scholarship, or creative endeavors that will make a major contribution in any field of study. The RSP-RG is intended for standalone, seminal research that will elevate the University’s research profile. This grant program is not meant for research eligible for funding through external sources, nor is it meant for “seed” or “pilot” projects (e.g., proof of concept funding).
  • Proposals requesting support for ongoing research projects funded by another sponsor, or projects that can be funded by PI startup or discretionary funds, or projects in the final stages of completion are not considered priorities.


The following are key priorities for the RSP-RG:

  • Excellence: The program of research, scholarship, or creative endeavor must be of the highest quality. It is expected that the outcomes of the project will bring recognition to the researcher(s) and the University.
  • Mission Fit: Projects should support the University’s Mission.
  • New projects, or major innovations connected to established research.

Some example projects include:

  • An intercontinental comparative study of the influences of current global events
  • A multi-year conference series that allows important exploration of an issue from many ethnic, cultural, and religious perspectives
  • A research program that supports visits to archives and sites that would otherwise not be possible and would open new comparative study opportunities for international collaboration
  • A quantitative analysis of how acoustical differences amongst places of worship affects liturgical style

Note: These examples are for illustrative purposes only. Many other similar types of projects are encouraged. A full list of past award recipients can be found here:

Budget Requests

A maximum of $100,000 is awarded through this grant. Augmentation of the grants by the Colleges and Departments is allowed. The following are allowable budget requests:

  • Partial summer salary for faculty
    • Up to one-ninth of academic year salary maximum for faculty on nine month appointments
    • Up to one-twelfth of annual salary for faculty on twelve month appointments
  • Graduate research assistant and post-doctoral fellow stipends and benefits
  • Undergraduate student support
  • Equipment and supplies necessary for the research
  • Payment to human subjects
  • Library acquisitions
  • Research travel for conduct of the proposed effort
  • Manuscript editing

The following are unallowable budget requests:

  • Faculty academic year course reduction or academic year salary
  • Travel for the purpose of presenting research results or attendance at conferences
  • Publication costs


This grant is currently closed. Please check back again soon for details of a future opening.

Grant Period

The grant period is for up to three years. A one-year, no-cost extension may be approved with satisfactory progress or growth of the project. Funds for awarded projects will typically be made available following review and approval by NDRAC.

Proposal Format

Interested applicants will submit two documents to Google Forms—the proposed project and the proposed budget with the directions below.

To submit a proposal, please use the following intake link (ND netID only):

Submit proposal

Part 1: Project Description

Each project proposal must be uploaded as a single PDF document with the naming convention of “<PIName>_RGProposal_<2024>.pdf” and include the following items in the order listed:

  1. Cover page (one-page maximum)
    • Name of principal investigator, department, center, institute affiliation, phone, email, proposal title, and designation as a RSP-RG
    • Any co-principal investigators and their department, center, or institute affiliations
  2. Abstract (one-page maximum)
  3. Description (five pages maximum)
    • The objective of the project
    • Background, previous work, and motivation as appropriate
    • The project approach and methods
    • The anticipated outcomes
    • The anticipated time schedule
  4. Discussion (one-page maximum)
    • How the project will address the program priorities including:
      • Excellence
      • Mission fit
      • Innovation
  5. Citations or bibliography, optional (one-page maximum)
  6. Current and pending grant support
    • List all current and pending proposals by all faculty participants individually, including sponsor, amount, project title, and start/end dates
    • Indicate discretionary, startup or capitalization funds available to the principal investigator(s)
  7. Current curriculum vitae (two pages maximum/per CV)
    • Required for each faculty member listed on the cover sheet as an investigator
    • If postdocs, graduate students, and/or undergraduates are included in the project as collaborators, please describe their qualifications (one page maximum per person)

Please note: The proposed project submission should use clear, non-technical language for a general audience as the review panel contains a broad representation from across the University. Arial 12 point with double spacing and one-inch margins is preferred.

Part 2: Budget Description

Using the interactive Google Sheet budget template as a guide and the budget template directions, the budget and budget justification must be uploaded as a single document with the naming convention of “<PI Name>_RGBudget_<2024>” and include the following items:

  • Fully itemize and justify equipment purchases necessary for the project
  • Fully justify any proposed travel

Download the budget template to your own computer/workstation in order to work on the version that you will submit with your proposal.

Do not request sharing access to the budget template as you need to submit your own version of the budget with the proposal.


The Google Form submission should include two uploads: a single PDF document and a single budget file with proper naming conventions. Submitting materials in addition to the format outlined here is discouraged. Proposals that do not comply with format and content guidelines may be rejected without review.

Submissions are due 17:00, EDT (UTC-4), Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Review Process

Projects will be confidentially reviewed by an anonymous panel of senior faculty chosen from across the University. The panel will make recommendations to the Vice President for Research, who will make final decisions.

Acceptance Conditions

In accepting an RSP-RG award, the awardee agrees to:

  • Conform to established practices and procedures concerning sponsored program activity
  • Submit a final report to Notre Dame Research at no later than three months after the end date of the award, including a summary of the activities funded by the award, significant results achieved, evidence that the project contributed to the international and/or national reputation of Notre Dame as a preeminent research institution, and a listing of any publications or manuscripts resulting from the award
  • Act in accordance with the policy that all permanent equipment purchased under a RSP-RG is the property of the University unless otherwise specified when the grant is approved
  • Adhere to university guidelines for all proposed international travel
  • Obtain and follow guidelines and policies affecting these types of projects from Notre Dame Research Compliance; 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

Final Report

All internal grant awardees are required to complete a short final report, which shall be sent to To download the report template, please click here for PDF, or for DOCX click here.

Previous Awardees

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