Empowered by 4 initiatives, eight universities innovate together

4-VA is a collaborative partnership between eight Virginia universities that is powered by 4 initiatives. Our mission is to promote collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university and improve efficiencies in higher education across the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Grants awarded to promote collaboration within Virginia


4-VA brings ideas to life across disciplines, Virginia universities and businesses through its 4 initiatives.

Our function is to put ideas into action—inviting innovative collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, among the Virginia system of universities, and between educational and business sectors while achieving the 4 initiatives.

“4-VA’s funding has allowed for our lab to be a part of an exclusive group of scientists from around the world that are beta-testing a revolutionary DNA sequencer—the Oxford Nanopore MinION—and applying it to our research on antibiotic resistance genes. I wouldn’t be pursuing my master’s at JMU if it wasn’t for my amazing undergraduate research experience.”

4-VA Members

$7 million+