Notre Dame Launches Strategic Framework Grants Program

Author: Brett Beasley

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The University of Notre Dame announced today a new internal funding opportunity: the Strategic Framework Grant (SFG) Program. The program exists to create opportunities for faculty to engage with the major University-wide priorities outlined in Notre Dame 2033: A Strategic Framework and is open to all regular, full-time faculty.

"The Strategic Framework calls Notre Dame to be the leading global Catholic research university, on par with but distinct from the world’s best private universities," said John T. McGreevy, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost and Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at Notre Dame. "This University-wide grant program will accelerate progress toward this vision and enable even more faculty and students to engage in the key themes of the Strategic Framework."

The Strategic Framework's themes include arts, climate and sustainability, data and computational science, democracy, ethics, global Catholicism, health and well-being, and poverty.

Proposals are welcome on any themes identified in the framework, though particular themes of interest for 2024 are democracy, ethics, and poverty. Future iterations of this grant program may focus on other themes in the framework.

The program offers two types of grants—a research grant and a teaching grant.

Research grant awardees may receive up to $50,000 per year ($100,000 per year for multi-disciplinary collaborative grants) to pursue new research or produce new scholarship or creative endeavors.

Teaching grant awardees may receive up to $10,000 per year ($15,000 per year for collaborative grants) to create new courses or adapt existing courses. They will partner with ND Learning to enhance each new course's pedagogical approach, the design of digital teaching assets, and/or the course evaluation process.

Both the research and teaching grants will be for a duration of two years.

Vice President and Associate Provost for Academic Strategy David Go said, “This new program is an exciting opportunity for faculty to enhance or evolve their research or teaching to align with University-wide priorities.” Go, who is also the Viola D. Hank Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering added, “It is a great way to answer the Strategic Framework’s call for Notre Dame to ‘think as an institution.’ I encourage all interested faculty members to apply.”

Learn More and Apply

Faculty members who would like to ask questions about this funding opportunity can contact the program at using the subject line "Strategic Framework Grant Opportunity Spring 2024." For more information and to apply, please visit

All applications must be submitted on or before 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, April 16, 2024.

Engage with the Strategic Framework

In addition, the Office of the Provost has launched a series of events to introduce Notre Dame faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs to the Strategic Framework themes and their related Initiatives.

The Notre Dame Poverty Initiative will establish Notre Dame as a leading institution for poverty research, preparing students for careers and service in anti-poverty efforts, and turning evidence into action, illuminating proven pathways out of poverty for people around the world. To learn more, read about the Initiative’s lead gift of $100 million—the largest single donation to an academic priority in the University’s history—or visit

The Notre Dame Ethics Initiative will establish Notre Dame as a premier global destination for the study of ethics, offering superb training for future generations of ethicists and moral leaders, a platform for engagement of the Catholic moral tradition with other modes of inquiry, and an opportunity to forge insights into some of the most significant ethical issues of our time. Learn more at or connect with the Ethics Initiative on Tuesday, March 5, 4:30–6 p.m.

The Notre Dame Democracy Initiative will establish Notre Dame as a leader in the study of democracy both in the U.S. and worldwide, as a convenor for conversations about and actions to preserve democracy, and as a model for the formation of civically engaged citizens and public servants. This University-wide initiative bridges research, education, and policy work across multiple units and will extend beyond campus to policymakers and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Learn more at or connect with the Democracy Initiative on Tuesday, April 9, 4:30–6 p.m.


Kate Garry, Executive Director of Academic Communication
Office of the Provost, University of Notre Dame


Originally published by Brett Beasley at on February 21, 2024.