Collaborative research grants are intended to improve research competitiveness within the commonwealth and at Virginia Tech by providing funding for faculty to engage in pilot research that could be used as a springboard for subsequent, major federal grants. 4-VA at Virginia Tech expects to offer no fewer than four of these grants and no more than twenty in a given academic year. The expected minimum allocation is $5,000. The expected maximum allocation is $25,000.
Collaborative Endeavors grants support the faculty interested in creating collaborative opportunities with 4-VA partner institutions. Examples include course sharing, speaker series, consortia or conference creation, and more. 4-VA at Virginia Tech expects to offer $5,000 per collaborative endeavor in unrestricted funds (within state and university rules). These grants can be packaged with a course redesign grant.
Course Redesign grants support the redesign of courses, or specific course elements, in STEM or a foreign language and require the support of the applicant’s department and college. TLOS manages two options for funding to support course design and development. Design and Develop Awards (funded through the Provost) and 4-VA Course Redesign Grants provide financial support for faculty and expenses related to the design and development of courses and course elements to incorporate media-rich, technology-enhanced active learning experiences in online, hybrid, on-site and multi-modal classrooms. One joint Request for Proposals (RFP) allows faculty to be considered for either funding source. The RFP packet is shared but the proposals are reviewed separately for consideration within the focus and requirements of the funding source. 4-VA at Virginia Tech expects to offer no fewer than ten course redesign grants and no more than twenty-five in a given academic year. The expected minimum allocation is $10,000, while the expected maximum allocation is $25,000.