Rev. Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., Faculty Research Grant

Rev. Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., Faculty Research Grant

Objective
The Rev. Alphons Loogman, C.S.Sp., Faculty Research Grant is a university-wide internal funding opportunity which is open to all disciplines and is intended to support scholarly research and creative endeavors that reflect Duquesne University's strategic commitment to a closer relationship with the nations and peoples of Africa. The goals of the grant are to provide funds for: (i) research projects that can be submitted for future external funding; (ii) dissemination of work in a reputable, peer-reviewed journal; and (iii) creative activities that are likely to lead to faculty/department/school recognition.

Grant Description
• Two grants of $6,500 each (both awarded in 2022)
• The grants may be used to support a portion of a multi-phase research project, provided that the portion of the project funded by the grant is clearly defined and the proposal makes a strong case for the likelihood of future external funding and/or publication.
• The grants may be used as summer 2022 research grants and/or as support for research over a specified period of the 2022-2023 academic year.
• Successful applicants will be awarded $4,500 in support of the proposed research activity and $2,000 when the research is accepted for publication.

Eligibility
The Loogman Faculty Research Grant competition is open to all full-time Duquesne faculty members working in any academic discipline. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary research projects are encouraged. Previous winners of Loogman Faculty Research Grants are welcome to apply. Their proposals must demonstrate research outcomes from previous grants, and their applications must show that the current proposal focuses on a new research project. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a Loogman Faculty Research Grant in the last two years.

Faculty Research and Duquesne University's Commitment to Africa
Loogman Faculty Research Grants are intended to support research and scholarship that reflects Duquesne's mission focus on the continent of Africa. Accordingly, a very wide range of research projects would fit within the scope of the Loogman Grant program; proposals should of course make the connection explicit. Research projects in global health related to the African continent and its diaspora are also eligible. Potential applicants are encouraged to confer with the Director of the Center for African Studies if they are uncertain whether their particular research agenda would meet Loogman Grant program objectives.

Application Deadlines
• Preliminary proposals are due February 4, 2022 (Optional)
Applications are due on or before March 4, 2022
• Awards will be announced on April 11, 2022
• Progress Report due December 5, 2022
• Report of Project Outcomes is due August 31, 2023

Preliminary Proposal (Optional but Recommended)
Faculty members interested in applying for a Loogman Faculty Research Grant must submit in 250 words or less a description of their proposed research project within the context of Duquesne's commitment to Africa. Preliminary proposals are intended to assist applicants in articulating the suitability of their projects for a Loogman Grant. Preliminary proposals should be submitted electronically to africanstudies@duq.edu by February 4, 2022.

Application Requirements
A complete application package consists of the following components:
1. Cover sheet: The cover sheet is available at www.duq.edu/CAS, and should carry signatures from the applicant's Chair and Dean.
2. Narrative: The narrative should not exceed seven single-spaced pages and should state:
2.1 The research question to be addressed and the relation the project bears to Duquesne University's commitment to the nations and peoples of Africa. The research project should exhibit specificity, originality, and clearly defined objectives and goals.
2.2. The impact of the proposed project on the applicant's field of study and on the field of African Studies, broadly understood.
2.3. The study methodology. This must be appropriate (e.g. analytic strategies, data collection strategies, field collaborative strategies) to the research project and the particular academic field associated with the project. Faculty exploring new initiatives still need to show existing relationships relevant to the project.
2.4. The outcome of the project with a description of expected results. This should include a description of dissemination activities such as conference presentations leading to peer-reviewed publications, departmental or university wide presentations, seeking external funding, among others. In addition, a clear plan for publication, including targeted journals and conference proceedings must be included.
2.5. The project timeline. Please indicate the timeline for all planning, implementation and disseminating activities. In presenting the timelime, please show the progression of the project using quarterly (3 month) segments. The time needed for each research activity should be described and an interim/progress (or if completed, a final) report must be submitted at the end of 6 months.
2.6 The budget. The budget should not exceed one single-spaced page. Applicants are encouraged to consider the use of Duquesne graduate students as research assistants where appropriate; wages should be reasonable (i.e., comparable to what a student would be paid by the University for comparable work). Grant funds may not be used for course reductions or tuition or to pay faculty and collaborators who are not awardees (though honorariums can be budgeted). Only activities directly related to the proposed project will be funded.
3. Bibliography: The bibliography should not exceed one single-spaced page.
4. Curriculum vitae: The curriculum vitae should not exceed one single-spaced page.
5. Applicants whose research involves human subjects (only) must obtain approval for their project from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects prior to submitting their application.

All application materials should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to africanstudies@duq.edu by March 4, 2022.

Evaluation of Proposals
The Loogman Faculty Research Grant program is administered by the Center for African Studies. Applications will be evaluated by an ad-hoc committee consisting of Dr. Gerald Boodoo, the Director of the Center, and selected members of the Center's Advisory Board. The committee will consider the scholarly merit of proposals based on the grant objectives and application requirements stated above. Since the reviewers may not have the technical expertise in the applicant's area of research, the applicant is requested to submit a proposal that can be understood by a lay audience.

Post-Award Report of Project Outcomes
Grant winners are required to submit a Report of Project Outcomes to the Center for African Studies no later than the last day of August of the following year. The report must:
• state the work completed during the grant period,
• assess the outcomes achieved in light of the objectives and timeframe in the grant proposal,
• indicate how the research is being disseminated internally (e.g., via the Center for African Studies' own mechanisms) and externally,
• include a copy of any material published or accepted for publication, or the final draft of material being submitted for publication and,
• provide a financial report detailing how grant funds were spent.

Past Winners and Publications

All post-award materials should be submitted electronically to africanstudies@duq.edu. Reports will be shared with the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost.

Application Cover Sheet can be accessed by clicking here