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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.
Funding amounts are expected to range from $5,000 – $25,000 per grant, not including complementary funding that may be supplied by partner institutions.
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
Budget (NOTE: Should include fringes for salary requests) — table format preferred NOTE: For any graduate student tuition remission, the graduate student must be on an active assistantship at the time of the payment.
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.
General project management plan and timeline
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.
Alignment to grant program and 4-VA aims
Please explicitly describe how your project supports the 4-VA Goal of advancing research competitiveness
Please explicitly describe how your project involves collaboration with a 4-VA partner institution(s)
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
A list of any additional sources of funding for this research
Projects may be eligible for ongoing funding with appropriate agreed upon progress and reporting.
Unused funds will be returned to 4-VA.
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.
Grantees must participate in assessment activities and produce an annual report.