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Research & Grants

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Research & Grants Overview

Research is an integral part of the curriculum at Mercy University—and an important part of the teaching and learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Research at Mercy aims to contribute to the community, the economy and scholarly discoveries and creation. Through a range of services and efforts, the Office of the Provost supports faculty, staff, and students by cultivating scholarship and research, encouraging and supporting research in emerging areas, and prompting individual researchers and partnerships in order to advance basic and applied knowledge.

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Research & the Community

Much of the research conducted by faculty at Mercy University focuses on community issues and has strong potential for community impact. Through study of health, behavioral, organizational, or educational interventions, Mercy faculty are actively engaged in research that tests and demonstrates how to promote effective change that can improve our communities. Working closely with community partners around our region, Mercy faculty also study optimal ways of implementing tested interventions in effective fashion.

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Research Salon

The Mercy University Research Salon is a series of gatherings conducted every monthly by and for faculty to discuss and advance research ideas, methods, resources, and related areas of concern. Discussions range over faculty members' specific research as well as broader issues and challenges. The Salon meetings are open to the university community, and are coordinated by Dr. Saul Fisher, Associate Provost for Research, Grants, and Academic Initiatives (sfisher@mercy.edu).

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Mercy Library Research Resources

The Mercy University Libraries provide access to essential information supporting research and scholarship.

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Faculty Development: Internal Research Support

Mercy University provides a number of opportunities for faculty to advance their scholarship, research, and service projects through internal awards. 

Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Mercy University Institutional Review Board (IRB) conducts continuing review of research at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk to human participants.

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HHMI Initiative

The HHMI Initiative's goal is to increase Mercy's capacity to provide a high-quality, affordable, and accessible education for all students, with an initial focus on the biology major, through:

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs supports the work of Mercy University faculty and staff in seeking external funding for research, teaching and related endeavors. 

Mercy University Responsible Conduct of Research Policy

It is the policy of Mercy University that all faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students involved in scientific and empirical research must complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Trainees engaged in research at the undergraduate or graduate level will receive instruction in ethical considerations and decision making in RCR that is appropriate for their disciplines and stage of research education and curricula. Faculty and staff engaged in scientific and empirical research must complete RCR training regardless of funding. It is the responsibility of the faculty researcher to ensure that all applicable team members are informed of this requirement and that the requirement has been met. For more information, read the entire Mercy University Responsible Conduct of Research Policy.

Undergraduate Research

Mercy University is committed to broadening participation among students in authentic research in collaboration with faculty. Currently, Mercy students participate in research through a variety of programs, including the McNair Scholars program and the University’s Honors Program, as well as in course-based research opportunities. Undergraduate research, as defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), is "inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution discipline." As an institutional member of CUR, and in keeping with AAC&U high-impact educational practices, Mercy University is committed to promoting undergraduate research opportunities, as well as graduate student research opportunities, across the disciplines.

Mercy University is a proud co-sponsor of the Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference.