Aims of 4-VA Collaborative Endeavors Grants:
Collaborative Endeavors funding comes in the form of small grants (typically $5,000 or less) that support faculty interested in creating collaborative opportunities with 4-VA partner institutions. Grant proposals should be consistent with and intended to further 4-VA goals. Examples include course sharing, speaker series, consortia or conference creation, and more. Grantees working with partner institutions will be eligible for complimentary funding of up to $5,000 per partner institution involved. Faculty are also eligible for collaborative endeavor funding of up to $5,000 if they are part of a 4-VA grant at one of the partner institutions. Grantees who are awarded funding will complete an MOU and be required to comply with 4-VA assessment, reporting, and accountability requirements. Proposals will be assessed by Virginia Tech 4-VA personnel based on alignment with 4-VA goals, priorities, and potential impact. Department head approval may be requested by the 4-VA Grants Program based on the scope of proposals. Please note, funding priority will be given to faculty who have not received 4-VA funding previously.
Course sharing is a very specific form of a Collaborative Endeavors grant. Shared courses occur between two or more 4-VA institutions and can take place in TelePresence rooms or fully online. Participating faculty are eligible for $5,000 awards.
Deadlines and Information
- Deadline for application: Ongoing until pool is depleted
- Deadline for award outcome notification: one month after submission
- Deadline for completion of MOU for awarded grants: one month after award notification
Who may apply for a 4-VA grant: Collaborative endeavor grants are open to all Virginia Tech faculty.
Funding information: Grants are anticipated to be $5,000 or less, not including contributions from partner institutions.
Contacts for questions or assistance:
4-VA Grants Manager: Will Fox, 540-231-9587, email@example.com
There is no required template for proposals, but all RFP categories must have explicit headers within the proposal document.
Submit a Collaborative Endeavors proposal (speaker series, consortia, conference creation, etc.) with the following information:
- Proposed Project Title
- Team member information
- Director (PI)
- Project summary
- Justification and anticipated outcomes
- Promotion and description of how you will accomplish outcomes
- Summary of alignment with 4-VA aims
- NOTE: Should include fringes for salary requests
- Alignment to 4-VA aims
- A list of any additional sources of funding for this research
- References (if applicable)
- There is no required template for proposals, but all RFP categories must have explicit headers within the proposal document. Download an optional Collaborative Endeavors Grant Proposal template.
- Graphics may be used.
- There is no length requirement.
- Unused funds will be returned to 4-VA.
- Approved shared course grants are contingent upon the course being accepted for sharing by at least one 4-VA partner institution or the course. If no partner institutions wish to offer the course funding approval will be rescinded.
- Approved grant applicants may be required to have an introductory meeting with the 4-VA Grant Manager to discuss and refine scope of grant project.
- Faculty may be required to solicit and provide proof of department head and associate dean approval as part of the application.
- Grantees must participate in assessment activities and produce an annual report.