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Babson Faculty Research Fund (BFRF)

The mandate of the Babson Faculty Research Fund is to encourage and support a variety of thought leadership and research activities, with the following objectives paramount:

  • to sustain, enhance, and renew the intellectual vitality of faculty by supporting the building of intellectual capital through meritorious research;
  • and to increase the public visibility and academic reputation of the College and its faculty, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Babson Faculty Research Fund is here to serve faculty members in all stages of their research activities. The BFRF, through a competitive process, provides financial support for meritorious faculty research projects.

In addition to supporting individual faculty research projects, the BFRF engages in other activities throughout the year to keep the Babson faculty and staff informed about ongoing research, faculty research publications and presentations, and funding opportunities. The BFRF sponsors programs that feature faculty research presentations, and publishes newsletters, Research@Babson College, Annual Reports, and a Working Paper series.


 Recent BFRF News


Mary O’Donoghue, Arts and Humanities, has several new publications and presentations to her credit. Her short story “The Bellingshausen Sea” (part of her BFRF-supported collection The Sweet Forbearance in the Streets) appears in the spring 2014 issue of The South Circular, a quarterly e-journal of four short stories published in Dublin. Another short story, “Jules Verne Seeks Dreamers for Long-Distance Travel in Time,” appears in the spring 2014 issue of The Georgia Review (University of Georgia.)

Selected Poems of Seán Ó Ríordáin

Her translations of the Irish-language poet Seán Ó Ríordáin have just been published in a major bilingual edition of his Selected Poems (Yale University Press); these translations are part of a larger manuscript supported by the BFRF.

Also in March, O’Donoghue presented both her short fiction and translations at the Center for Humanities at Tufts. CHAT’s speaker series “promotes critical reflection on and exploration of the significance of the humanities and the arts for Tufts and its surrounding communities, encouraging discourse between humanists and artists, on the one hand, and other Tufts academics, on the other.