One of ISLA’s primary goals is to help Notre Dame Arts and Letters faculty secure funding for their scholarly pursuits. We accomplish this in two principal ways: by providing internal grants for faculty research and creative endeavors, and by facilitating the securing and administration of external grants.
ISLA internal grants support: faculty research and creative activities, travel to international conferences, curriculum development, visiting speakers and conferences, and publication subventions. For more specific information on our internal grant opportunities, please see the following webpage. You may also contact ISLA's Director Thomas Merluzzi or ISLA's Faculty Assistant Pat Base. Please be advised that only those with regular Arts and Letters faculty appointments (i.e., Teaching and Research, Research, and Professional Specialist) are eligible for internal grants.
ISLA provides faculty with complete life cycle support in grant and research administration through pre-award, post-award, and grants business management services in one central location--the ISLA office. For a detailed list of services provided, please see our brochure:
ISLA assists faculty in applying for external grants and fellowships in various ways: advising faculty regarding the content of grant proposals; assistance in proposal writing; assistance in the preparation of proposal budgets; critiquing draft proposals; uploading proposals into on-line grant submission systems such as Grants.gov and Fastlane; and ushering proposals through the administrative review process. In support of this effort, ISLA maintains a library with samples of successful proposals, maintains computerized grant search databases, and hosts grant proposal workshops during the year. For additional information concerning ISLA's services for securing external grants and fellowships, please contact Ken Garcia (humanities and arts) or Lori Loftis (social sciences).
Once a faculty member has been awarded a grant, ISLA partners with the Office of Research to provide post-award administrative support. Lori McDonald assists faculty by creating award budgets and accounts for grant expenditures, acts as liaison with sponsors, and helps to ensure proper compliance approvals are in place for expenditure of funds.
Grant Business Management
Supporting both the pre-award and post-award functions, Angie Tompkins serves a liaison role with other central University business offices and supports purchasing, hiring and payroll transactions, reimbursement of travel and other financial transactions, assistance with scheduling, and other key functions related to research activities. For a more complete description of our grant business management services, see our brochure.