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​Q & A with Dr. Kris Monahan

kris-monahan.jpgAs PC’s first director of sponsored research, Dr. Kris A. Monahan has helped faculty secure more than $4.5 million in research funding since 2011 from 15 sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Kris A. Monahan, Ph.D.
Director of Sponsored Research & Programs
Office of Academic Affairs
Harkins Hall 208
(401) 865-2554

​Sponsored Research & Programs

What is the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs? What do you need it to be?

Whether you’re looking for help developing grant proposals, identifying funding opportunities, ensuring compliance, or simply need some guidance on your research objectives, the Sponsored Research & Programs office wants to be your partner. Our goal is to be your guide, your eyes and ears, and your voice from start to finish — allowing you to focus on your research and the new knowledge it will produce.

Important Announcement: SR&P Establishes Grant Competiveness Pilot Program

Sponsored Research & Programs is pleased to pilot a Grant Improvement Fund (GIF) for the 2015-16 Academic Year. The fund provides funding (typical awards range from $250-$750) to help faculty make their external grant applications more competitive and fundable. This program is supported through the use of indirect cost recovery funds and intended to help stimulate and support further grant success at PC.

Grant Improvement Fund Overview
Individual faculty members have unique needs regarding the kinds of investments and professional development that will help them become better positioned to apply for and receive external grants and fellowships. The GIF provides support to help faculty make their external grant applications more competitive and fundable. It is expected that faculty who receive funding will apply for an external research grant or fellowship within one year of their support.

Eligible Activities
Below is a list of possible activities for which faculty can seek Grant Improvement Funding:

  • Funds to hire an expert to review and critique a proposal prior to submission;
  • Funding to participate in grant writing workshops, webinars, or online courses;
  • Travel support to meet with program officers or grant collaborators;
  • Funding to attend a writing workshop or retreat to prepare manuscripts for submission and thereby improve one’s publication record.

Application Materials
To apply for support, submit an email to Kris Monahan, . In the email please include the following:

  • The external grant or fellowship program for which you plan to develop an external proposal, its deadline, and award amount.
  • Three paragraphs that summarize (a) your research program; (b) the proposed grant improvement activity and associated costs, and; (c) how this support will enhance your professional development and promote future grant activity.
  • A copy of your current CV.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis. Awards will be made by the discretion of the director of sponsored research & programs, upon consultation with department chair and/or school dean until funds are exhausted. No one faculty member may receive more than one award per academic year. 

Recent Successes

Dr. Seann Mulcahy, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a substantial grant from the Rhode Island Foundation’s Medical Research Fund for his project “Synthesis and Biological Activity of Eudistomin U and its Derivitives.” The long-term goal of the project is to evaluate the potential of a specific class of natural products as novel therapeutic agents (a.k.a. drug discovery). The research also functions as a training opportunity for PC undergraduates as they prepare for future careers in science. Mulcahy also received a small RI-INBRE pilot grant this year.



1vukic.gifDr. Mary Harmon-Vukic, associate professor of psychology, received a large grant from the John Templeton Foundation for her project, “God Talk: Differentiating Implicit Understanding and Explicit Expression of God among Theists and Atheists.” Her project was one of only four selected from a pool of 67 applications in a very competitive national application process. Rev. Joseph Guido, O.P., assistant professor of psychology, is an important co-investigator on this project. The purpose of the project is to explore the extent to which individuals’ conscious, explicit expressions of God are similar to or different from their implicit representations of God, and whether such representations predicate belief in God.


1logoprint.gifProvidence College has received a grant from the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) entitled Diversity Dialogues in Teaching: Digging Deeper. The grant is a result of collaboration between the Office of Institutional Diversity, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Center for Engaged Learning. 

Together, Rafael Zapata, Laurie Grupp, and Bill Hogan will implement a series of diversity dialogues, campus conversations, and workshops; strategies-focused workshops on inclusive pedagogy; and dissemination activities, including sharing stories through powerful videos. The grant will provide strategies and support for faculty members to dig deeper in examining their own pedagogy, as well as opportunities for student-faculty discourse on teaching and learning.

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