Aims of 4-VA Collaborative Research Grants:
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 The Plan for a New Horizon. 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 complimentary 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.
Deadlines and Information
- For application: October 2, 2017
- For award outcome notification: Early December, 2017
- For completion of MOU for awarded grants: Early January, 2018
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.
PI’s and CoPI’s must be officially affiliated with a 4-VA institute at the time of proposal submission. Change of affiliation of any team member must be reported in a timely manner.
Funding information: Funding amounts are expected to range from $5,000 – $25,000 per grant, not including complimentary funding that may be supplied by 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. You can download an optional template.
Submit a proposal with the following information:
- Project Summary
- Proposed Project Title
- Research team (PI, Co-PIs, other team members)
- Project summary
- Include summary of alignment with 4-VA aims
- Project Activities
- Justification (merit/need)
- Research questions
- Anticipated outcomes
- Dissemination plan
- NOTE: 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
- Should include fringes for salary requests.
- Please provide as a detailed as possible a budget breakdown.
- 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.
- Proof of IRB certification (if not in place, must be obtained and proof provided prior to the commencement of the grant). If unneeded, explain why.
- General project management plan and timeline
- NOTE: See the 4-VA Collaborative Research MOU for detail on required assessment components that should be factored into your timeline. For example, Grantees must participate in assessment activities and produce an annual report.
- Alignment to grant program and 4-VA aims
- Please explicitly describe how your project supports the 4-VA Goal of advancing research competitiveness
- Please explicitly describe how your project involves collaboration with a 4-VA partner institution(s)
- Please describe in detail how your project relates to other 4-VA Goals and how outcomes or evidence will be used to demonstrate progress on these goals
- A list of any additional sources of funding for this research
- References (if applicable)
Notes and Expectations:
- There is no required template for proposals, but all RFP categories must have explicit headers within the proposal document. You can download an optional template.
- Graphics may be used.
- There is no length requirement.
- Projects may be eligible for ongoing funding 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 and produce an annual report.