In order to support engaged learning and research at the University, the Center for Social Concerns gives the following annual awards and grants:
The Ganey Faculty Community-Based Research Award is a $5,000 prize presented annually to a regular faculty member who has completed at least one research project that addresses a need within South Bend or the surrounding area.
The Ganey Community-Based Research Seed Grant is a $7,000 grant given to support joint faculty-student-community research partnerships addressing a need articulated by the community organization. This grant may support the planning and development of new projects, the expansion of existing ones, or the evaluation of on-going or previously completed projects.
Course Development Grants are $2,500 grants given to fund the design of a new course or a major redesign of an existing course. They are a special initiative for faculty interested in incorporating social concerns into their courses through community-based learning. Community-based learning integrates student direct service or other forms of civic engagement, such as research for non-profit organizations, into academic courses.