Collaborative Research Grant RFP

An important component of 4-VA’s mission is improving research competitiveness within the commonwealth by providing funding for faculty to engage in pilot research that could be used as a springboard for subsequent, major grants (e.g., NSF, NIH). This aim is consistent with the aims for research and innovation articulated in The Plan for a New Horizon. 4-VA at Virginia Tech has further articulated a preference for grants that promote or relate to as many of the other three 4-VA aims as possible (instructional models, access, STEM success). Proposals are required to involve at least one cross-institution collaboration with a 4-VA partner institution. 4-VA partner institution faculty involved in proposals will be eligible for complementary funding of up to $5,000 per partner institution involved. Grantees who are awarded funding will complete an MOU and be required to comply with 4-VA assessment, reporting, and accountability requirements. Please note, funding priority will be given to faculty who have not received 4-VA funding previously.

Who may apply for a 4-VA grant

4-VA grants are open to all Virginia Tech faculty. Faculty may name staff or graduate students as Co-PIs and are encouraged to include undergraduate and graduate students on their research teams.

PIs and Co-PIs must be officially affiliated with a 4-VA institution at the time of proposal submission. Change of affiliation of any team member must be reported in a timely manner.

Funding information

Funding amounts are expected to range from $5,000 – $25,000 per grant, not including complementary funding that may be supplied by partner institutions.

Contacts for questions or assistance

Application Instructions

2017-2018 Grant Cycle Key Dates

  • August 2017: Proposal submissions begin
  • October 2, 2017: Last day to submit a Collaborative Research proposal
  • Early December, 2017: Award outcome notification
  • Early January, 2018: Completion of MOU for awarded grants

There is no required template for proposals, but all RFP categories must have explicit headers within the proposal document. Click here to download an optional template.

Submit a proposal with the following information

  1. Project Summary
    1. Proposed Project Title
    2. Research team (PI, Co-PIs, other team members)
    3. Project summary
      1. Include summary of alignment with 4-VA aims
  2. Project Activities
    1. Justification (merit/need)
    2. Research questions
    3. Anticipated outcomes
    4. Dissemination plan
      1. NOTE: Active dissemination is expected to be a major project component. To be competitive for funding, projects should have a defined dissemination plan for the 4-VA community that includes ongoing project updates and dissemination of findings (e.g., via a broadly accessible online media platform) and broader higher education community
  3. Budget (NOTE: Should include fringes for salary requests)
    1. Please provide an as-detailed-as-possible budget breakdown.
    2. Please note that 4-VA funds cannot be used to pay student tuition. However, they can be used to pay stipends of graduate students who are already on an assistantship, or wages for graduate/undergraduate students involved in the proposed project.
    3. Table format preferred.
  4. Proof of IRB certification (if not in place, must be obtained and proof provided prior to the commencement of the grant). If unneeded, explain why.
  5. General project management plan and timeline
    1. NOTE: See the 4-VA Competitive Research MOU for detail on required assessment components that should be factored into your timeline. For example, grantees must participate in assessment activities and produce an annual report.
  6. Alignment to grant program and 4-VA aims
    1. Please explicitly describe how your project supports the 4-VA goal of advancing research competitiveness
    2. Please explicitly describe how your project involves collaboration with a 4-VA partner institution(s)
    3. Please describe in detail how your project relates to other 4-VA goals and how outcomes or evidence will be used to demonstrate progress on these goals
  7. A list of any additional sources of funding for this research
  8. References (if applicable)

Notes and Expectations

  1. There is no required template for proposals, but all RFP categories must have explicit headers within the proposal document. Click here to download an optional template.
  2. Graphics may be used.
  3. There is no requirement over the length of the proposal document.
  4. Projects may be eligible for ongoing funding with appropriate agreed upon progress and reporting.
  5. Unused funds will be returned to 4-VA.
  6. Active dissemination is expected to be a major project component. To be competitive for funding, projects should have a defined dissemination plan for the 4-VA community that includes ongoing project updates and dissemination of findings (e.g., via a broadly accessible online media platform) and broader higher education community.
  7. Grantees must participate in assessment activities and produce an annual report.