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Research at Boston College

Funding Opportunities

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Boston College Internal Funding Opportunities

The purpose of internal BC funding opportunities is to assist BC faculty members in starting a line of inquiry and in competing for external funds.

Research Expense Grants (REG) help to finance the smaller expenses of doing research. The maximum for a single REG is $2,000. All tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for these grants.

Research Incentive Grants (RIG), are worth up to a total of $15,000 (including one month's summer salary). Every year at least 15 RIGs are awarded on a competitive basis. All regular, full-time, tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply for these grants.

The Ignite Program helps BC researchers remain competitive by providing rapid access to funds.  Awards are distributed three times per year, with 3-4 awards per cycle, up to $30,000.

Research Across Departments and Schools (RADS) supports interdisciplinary research projects between faculty in different disciplines, departments, and schools across Boston College. The Vice Provost for Research (VPR) will support five projects annually for up to $50,000.

Sponsored Funding Opportunities

There are a number of fellowships available to faculty, researchers, and graduate students at Boston College, including:

Faculty interested in securing external funding for their research should visit the searchable Pivot Database. For assistance using Pivot, please contact OSP at 617-552-3344.


Pivot Database


NIH Grant Cycle


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The Grant Writer's Toolbox

A collection of valuable links to help Grant Writers develop successful applications.