LMU Internal Grants

The Office of Faculty Affairs administers four internal grants: the Faith and Justice Curriculum Development grants, the Faith and Justice Research grants, the Academic Technology grants, and the Interfaith Curriculum grant. The four internal grants below are currently open for submission and will close at 5pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Please read the instruction for eligibility and application instructions. For LMU support to apply for External Grants, please visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP).

Faith & Justice Grants

For many years, LMU has supported faculty work in the service of faith and promotion of justice through annual research and curriculum development grants. The grants have supported work in which faculty reflect critically on the sources of systemic oppression and marginalization and finding ways to remedy suffering. In recognition of our university’s continued commitment to anti-racism and inclusivity, this year we have highlighted the fact that the service of faith and promotion of justice includes cultivating an anti-racist inclusive climate.

We welcome proposals from all tenured and tenure-track faculty for research that addresses issues of faith and social justice or issues of social justice – including racial justice, aligned with the LMU Mission.

This year, we invite all continuing full-time faculty to apply for curriculum development grants.  For curriculum development, we welcome proposals that integrate faith and/or justice within course content (for example by including aspects of Ignatian pedagogy, Catholic Social Teaching, or Critical Race Theory) or focus on faith and/or justice issues by integrate these with community-based learning and course content.

Interfaith Course Development Grant

The LMU Interfaith Course Development Grant provides faculty support to expand course offerings in the area of interfaith relations. The proposal should describe ways in which courses will address interfaith relations between at least two faith traditions, as well as focus either on historical relationships, on contemporary issues, or on comparing the practices and beliefs of one religious tradition with the practices and beliefs of another religious tradition. Approaches may include a wide variety of disciplines and methodologies (social scientific, comparative literature, depictions in media, etc.).  This year, we welcome proposals from all full time faculty.

Academic Technology Committee Grants

Last year, the Academic Technology Committee piloted two new types of technology grants. The Learn.Test.Develop grants offered funding for technology conference/workshop travel, for purchasing new/innovative technology, and for time invested in developing technology skills or applying creative uses of technology in teaching and research. The Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative (OATI) departmental grant provided funding for an academic department to adopt open and free course materials for multiple courses, explore open pedagogy, and reduce their dependence on expensive textbooks. Both grants were successful; however, under the remote working conditions of the 2020-2021 academic year, the committee realized that the Learn.Test.Develop grants would be more challenging to administer. 

We chose to defer the Learn.Test.Develop grants for one year, and to take this as an opportunity to propel the Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative forward in Spring 2021. This allows us to expand the OATI grant to include individual and group submissions, with the goal of increasing awareness and adoption of OER across campus in service of cost-savings and expanded access to the high quality, innovative materials that our students need to learn.

Intercultural Affairs

The Office of the Vice President for Intercultural Affairs and LMU's UIC invites campus constituencies to submit proposals for Inclusive Excellence Grants and nominations for Inclusive Excellence Awards.  Check the website below to learn more about these opportunities.