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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 Beyond Boundaries: A 2047 Vision. 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.
The required proposal template is available for download. Submissionlength is limited to 8 pages (US letter size, single-spaced), not including references and appended graphics.
A complete proposal will contain the following information
Proposed Project Title
Research team (PI, Co-PIs, other team members)
Include key points of alignment with 4-VA mission
Include key points of alignment with VT strategic initiatives (if applicable)
Benefits of the 4-VA partnership
Project management and projected timeline
Please provide an as-detailed-as-possible budget breakdown based on the budget provided in the proposal template.
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.
Table format preferred
Any additional sources of funding
Proof of certification, as appropriate
Certificate number of safety protocols such as IRB (human subjects), IBC (biohazard), or IACUC (animal subjects)
References (if applicable)
All proposals must use the required template and must not exceed 8 pages in length (US letter size, single-spaced). Download template.
Graphics may be used and do not count in the page limit.
Projects may be eligible for additional funding requests 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, such as a progress report, the annual report and one showcase event.