Funding is critical for academic research production and for supporting the entrepreneurial process. The Office of Research and Innovation offers and manages a variety of funding mechanisms to support both research and innovation endeavors.

The Dorm Fund

Launched in 2015, the Dorm Fund is a Marquette student-run venture capital firm that invests exclusively in undergraduate student-run companies and provides funding between $1,000 and $5,000 to help accelerate new ventures. The investment team comprises student investors (associates) committed to supporting student entrepreneurs and startups at Marquette University.

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Faculty development awards

Faculty are eligible for one faculty development award (FDA) travel request per academic year, and must be presenting their research/performance/exhibition or creative activity at a state, regional, national or international conference to which their submissions have been accepted.

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Haggerty Award for Research

The Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Research Excellence recognizes scholarly distinction at Marquette University. In 1998, Haggerty Enterprises, Inc., announced the endowed award, established to honor Lawrence Haggerty.

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Marquette Enterprise Seed Fund

The university has launched a new program funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation that aims to help fund student- and faculty-led entrepreneurial efforts in order to support and increase the number of businesses emerging from Marquette’s educational and research programs.

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Strategic innovation fund

Similar to a venture capital fund, the strategic innovation fund provides seed money to students, faculty and staff to explore entrepreneurial ventures.

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Summer faculty fellowships

The Summer Faculty Fellowship provides a summer stipend of $5,500. Fellows devote six summer weeks to a specific scholarly project. Through the SSF, the Committee on Research helps Marquette faculty make substantial and rapid advances in specific scholarly projects. In the past, the funding rate of SSF proposals has been approximately 50 percent.

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Way Klingler Research Awards

The Way Klingler Fellowship is intended to advance Marquette senior faculty research. The Way Klingler Science Fellow will be supported for three years with an annual grant of $50,000. The Way Klingler Humanities Fellow will be supported for three years with an annual grant of $20,000. The awardees to be designated Way Klingler Fellows will be selected from among candidates nominated by deans of the various Marquette University colleges and schools.

The purpose of the Way Klingler Young Scholar award is to support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. Up to four awards will be given to full-time regular junior faculty in the three years following their third year review. The awards of up to $22,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating cost and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one semester sabbatical. Individuals will be selected by the Committee on Research.

The Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award is intended to foster the development of effective and sustainable changes and innovations in teaching approaches within specific courses or clusters of courses. This annual award is given to a team of two or more faculty to develop, implement and evaluate a specific teaching project. One award of up to $20,000 will be given to the selected project team for one fiscal year. Each year the provost and Committee on Teaching may identify a particular area of higher priority for projects that meet strategic academic goals to enhance teaching and learning at Marquette.

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