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Frederic Fox Lecture Series

The annual Frederic Fox Lecture Series showcases an emerging and thought provoking topic relevant to business education. Named in memoriam of Robert and Richard Fox’s late father, Frederic Fox, the event offers a premier avenue for innovative, community-driven research while also providing the Fox School of Business an opportunity to engage with local, national, and international business and civic leaders.

Previous speakers included:

  • 2018 – David Schoch, Former Group Vice President and President, Asia Pacific, Ford Motor Company; Former Chairman and CEO, Ford China
  • 2017 – Anthony V. Coletta, President of Facilitated Health Networks and Executive Vice President of Independence Blue Cross
  • 2016 – Gerard “Jerry” Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee of the Brandywine Realty Trust
  • 2015 – Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
  • 2014 – Michael Raynor, Innovation Expert and Author; Director and Innovation Theme Leader, Deloitte
  • 2013 – Sara Manzano-Diaz, Regional Administrator, Mid-Atlantic Region, U.S. General Services Administration
  • 2012 – Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor for Administration & Coordination and Managing Director
The Musser Award for Excellence in Research

The Musser Award is awarded to a Fox School faculty member for outstanding research achievement. It also recognizes exceptional individual research accomplishments that benefit the larger research community, including both academia and industry. Named for its founder, Warren V. Musser, the award promotes an ethic in which exceptional achievements in business research and community development are seen as compatible, symbiotic goals.

Throughout his career, Warren Musser has combined entrepreneurial spirit with a collaborative style based on investment in people and their ideas. As founder and longtime leader of Safeguard Scientifics, he formed numerous technology-oriented companies that helped create the Greater Philadelphia region’s reputation for technological innovation. In addition to his business endeavors, Musser has led many charitable and community causes, including the Temple University-based Safeguard Scientifics Center for Economic Education. The Center brings business, economic, and entrepreneurial education to K-12 teachers and students throughout the region and the state.

Previous winners include:

  • 2018 – Xueming Luo,  Professor, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • 2017 – In-Sue Oh,  Professor, Human Resource Management
  • 2016 – William Wei,  Professor, Statistical Science
  • 2015 – Anthony Di Benedetto,  Professor, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • 2014 – Sudipta Basu, Professor, Accounting
  • 2013 – Paul Pavlou, Milton F. Stauffer Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs and Strategic Initiatives
  • 2012 – David Cummins, Joseph E. Boettner Chair of Risk Management and Insurance
  • 2011 – Youngjin Yoo, Harry Cochran Professor in Management Information Systems
  • 2010 – Jacqueline S. Zinn, Professor of Risk and Insurance and Management
  • 2009 – Rajiv Banker, Stanley merves Chair of Accounting and Information Technology
  • 2008 – Sheeram Mudambi, Professor and Chair of Strategic Management
iBegin Conference

Sustainable Innovation & Entrepreneurship in a Fragmented World
August 12-13, 2020
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
University of Victoria, Canada

Keynote Speakers
Becky Reuber, University of Toronto

Roy Suddaby, University of Victoria

Max von Zedtwitz, Copenhagen Business School

Fox Funding Opportunities

Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum

The Young Scholars Interdisciplinary Forum (YSIF) is a biannual event open to current Fox School faculty and PhD students for seed funding grants to undertake novel interdisciplinary research projects. The traditional YSIF seed funding grants in the amount of $500 to $5,000, with an annual amount of $50,000, will be available for proposal submission groups seeking small or medium outside funding grants.

Young Scholars takes place in both the fall and spring semesters. Learn more at

PhD Student Research Competition

The PhD Student Research Competition is an annual school-wide research forum that affords top-tier PhD students and alumni the opportunity to present their research, receive awards and begin building their academic resumes. Categories include research from first year, second year, and third-to-fourth year doctoral students; dissertation proposals, and completed dissertations. Faculty judge the rigor of the research design, execution, and data analysis; the novelty of the research; the students’ presentation, including their oral performance, graphical poster, and written paper; and the research’s contribution to theory, practice, or policy.

The PhD Student Research Competition takes place annually in the fall semester. Learn more at

FOX Research Seed Funding Program

Are you a Fox faculty member looking to establish proof-of-concept, conduct a pilot study, or overcome a developmental hurdle or technical challenge in your research?

The Fox Research Seed Funding Program is a year-round opportunity for Fox School faculty. The program is designed to infuse applied research projects with the necessary funding to support the potential to receive additional funding from external sources. Projects that are funded will receive support for individual projects in the range of $5,000 to $20,000, with the goal of yearly funding under this program to reach upwards of $50,000.

Click here to review program information, eligibility, proposal requirements, and application information.

Sponsored Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Doctoral Programs curates a database of funding opportunities available to scholars across several areas of business research. The following list of resources can lead you to funding opportunities from the public and private sectors. For more information about grant writing, deadlines, and requirements, click here.

American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation

About: Provides resources for research projects that ensure continued growth and opportunities for the industry and employees.

Deadline: Applications due March 15, June 15, and September 15 for proposals from individuals or organizations wishing to conduct research in the lodging industry.

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Cisco Systems: Cisco Research Centers

About: Connects university researchers with Cisco and supports gift awards to universities based on research proposals from faculty and helps graduate students to identify internships and full-time employment opportunities.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

About: Makes statistical data available to approved researchers to help further research within the equipment finance industry. Provides access to two different statistical databases, each capturing thousands of data points on equipment finance transactions and benchmarking activity such as profitability, business volume, and much more.

Deadline: Application deadlines are the 1st of each month.

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FINRA Investor Education Foundation General Grant Program

About: Funds research and educational projects that support its mission of providing underserved Americans with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for financial success throughout life.

Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Global Innovation Fund

About: Invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. Through grants and risk capital, we support breakthrough solutions to global development challenges from social enterprises, for-profit firms, non-profit organizations, international organizations, researchers, and government agencies.

Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Pivot’s Community of Science

A web-based comprehensive database of global funding sources. With your Temple ID, faculty and students have access to nearly $33 billion in funding opportunities, including research, travel, fellowships, and more.

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The portal to the United States government listing of potential funding opportunities. Search by agency or keywords.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. NSF is the funding source for about one quarter of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. Learn more about NSF and explore funding opportunities in NFS’s research areas, including:

For more information about grant writing, deadlines, and requirements, click here.