This funding has allowed our research to move forward not only in the laboratory, but also publicly. Because of 4-VA, our research was able to be presented at a large-scale conference (the Association for Research in Otolaryngology) formally and in poster-form. This led to the opportunity to meet with other brilliant researchers, from across the country and internationally, to discuss our current results and how to further progress the project. Most importantly, these funds have opened up new doors for this project in seeking additional funding. By showing other investors that our project is already endorsed by an organization like 4-VA (2 years in a row), it speaks volumes and reinforces the justification for further funding.
Because of the additional funding we were able to receive, our project currently has enough funds to add more devices, fund more data collection deployments, pay more subject participants, possibly add a new team of undergraduate students to our current mission, and even more. The list goes on as to how 4-VA has been a launching point, a catalyst, and a constant line of support in our project which was created about 5 years ago.