Project Guidelines

Discovery grants support discovery learning and expand the breadth of student-centered research at Benedictine College. Earnings from the Discovery College endowment make it possible every year for the Discovery Program Committee to award a limited number of grants, usually in the range of $250-$500 to students and faculty who collaborate on projects that advance learning.


The committee will begin review of grant proposals on October 5th on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their proposal in a timely fashion. Please pay close attention to the criteria and guidelines listed below. The decision of the committee is final.


  • Projects must be creative and original.
  • Projects must be collaborative (student/faculty or student/staff).
  • Projects may begin in the classroom, but must go beyond the usual classroom project or experience, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Faculty partners may be asked to clarify why the project merits consideration as a Discovery Project.
  • Grants fund innovation and research in many forms: performance, art, traditional quantitative or qualitative investigation, or other inquiry-based learning.
  • Proposals must be collaborative, submitted by student(s) and faculty or student(s) and staff.
  • Proposals from students representing multiple disciplines working together are encouraged.
  • Grant proposals must have a detailed budget with clear justification of high-cost or unusual items.
  • Grant proposals must include a timeline illustrating the plan of work to be followed to achieve project goals.


  • Grant proposals will not be considered until all required elements have been submitted.
  • Students may be asked to discuss their proposal with the Discovery committee for the purpose of clarification of the budget or criteria for Discovery Projects.
  • Grants may not be sought as supplements to departmental operational budgets.
  • As a condition of receiving a grant award, the applicant(s) must agree to be part of the Discovery Day Symposium.