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 subjects or foreign language classes and require the support of the applicant’s department and college.
In the 2017-2018 RFP cycle, priority will be given to courses involving data-informed learning and teaching—an approach that uses empirical teaching and learning activities data to improve teaching and learning.