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.
Submit a proposal for the 2021-2022 RFP cycle.
2019-2020 RFP Cycle
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 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
- 4-VA Grants Manager – Will Fox, (540) 231-9587, firstname.lastname@example.org
New for this cycle
- Proposals in the liberal arts and human sciences will be given priority in funding.
- PIs are encouraged to recommend reviewers for their proposals.
2019-2020 Grant Cycle Key Dates (Eastern Time Zone)
- August 2019: Proposal submissions begin
- October 15, 2019 October 29: Last day to submit a Collaborative Research proposal.
Submission automatically closes at 12:00am, October 16, 2019 October 30, 2019
- Late November, 2019: Award outcome notification
- December, 2019: Signing of MOU for awarded grants
The required proposal template is available for download. Submission length is limited to 8 pages (US letter size, single-spaced), not including references and appended graphics.
A complete proposal will contain the following information
- Project Summary
- Proposed Project Title
- Research team (PI, Co-PIs, other team members)
- Project summary
- Include key points of alignment with 4-VA mission
- Include key points of alignment with VT strategic initiatives (if applicable)
- Project Activities
- Background (merit)
- Anticipated outcomes
- Benefits of the 4-VA partnership
- Dissemination plan
- 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.