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Stem Catalyst Initiative

Faculty and Staff STEM Research

The STEM Catalyst Initiative was created to invest in and support faculty and student STEM research at the University of Dayton. The STEM Catalyst Initiative awards faculty and student research projects that aspire to address societal and public health issues in support of our University goal to become "The University for the Common Good."

Application Deadlines

We invite your applications for STEM Catalyst Grants — a competitive research grant program across the sciences, engineering and mathematics. The award is intended to advance new and existing research programs that have the potential to rise to national prominence. 

  • The program will support research from May 16, 2020 to May 15, 2021.
  • Proposals will be considered in two award levels. We anticipate funding multiple proposals of focused-to-moderate scope or collaboration ($10,000 - $50,000). These proposals must be received by Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Proposals should articulate how the research advances the University of Dayton’s commitment to the common good. Proposals advancing the University’s strategic priorities of autonomous systems, health and biosciences, and sustainability and human rights are particularly encouraged, as are proposals from collaborative teams addressing multidisciplinary challenges.
  • The grants are offered through a collaborative effort among the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and Office of the Provost.
  • All faculty — tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track — are encouraged to apply.

One bold collaborative project (<$100,000) may also be funded. Preliminary proposals from these teams must be received by Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Full proposals for this award level will be considered by invitation only.

Please see request for proposals (RFP) document for information about proposal guidelines, evaluation criteria, application instructions, funding restrictions and acceptance requirements.  A copy of the RFP, budget template, and required electronic forms will be available at


Please direct your questions to Doug Daniels at or Don Pair at

We are excited about this opportunity to advance STEM research at the University and welcome applications.


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