4-VA Collaborative Research Grants request for proposals—deadline extended to Oct. 15

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From: Division of Information Technology

Due to the interruption caused by Hurricane Florence, the 4-VA team at Virginia Tech has decided to extend the submission deadline for the 2018 4-VA Collaborative Research proposals to Oct. 15.

The 4-VA grant program, administered by Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), a unit of the Division of Information Technology, is now accepting proposals for Collaborative Research Grants. Five awards are expected during this cycle, with allocations of $5,000 to $25,000. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15, 2018.

4-VA is a statewide initiative intended to increase collaboration between Virginia universities in ways that benefit the Virginia economy. This is accomplished through:

  • Providing seed funding for collaborative research
  • Increasing the success rate of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses and programs
  • Defining new instructional models and lowering instructional costs
  • Expanding access to Virginians to prepare them for rewarding careers


Grant applications must be for a research project that includes a collaborator at another 4-VA institution (GMU, JMU, ODU, VCU, or UVA) where the collaboration develops new research teams, pairs junior and senior faculty, and/or provides students with crucial skills. Applications related to Virginia Tech’s Destination Areas or Strategic Growth Areas are encouraged.

Application packages should include a complete proposal document and online proposal form. 4-VA awardees who have open projects are not eligible to apply until their existing project is closed due to the challenges of proper assessment and reporting procedures.

The call for collaborative research proposals was announced at the 4-VA Grants Showcase on August 10, 2018. The following panelists representing 4-VA grant-funded programs provided prospective applicants and administrators with insights into the benefits, challenges, and rewards of collaborative projects and are available to consult with interested faculty:

  • Stephen Biscotte, General Education, Collaborative Endeavor awardee
  • Marc Brodsky, University Libraries, Complementary Research awardee
  • Gary Glesener, Geosciences, Collaborative Endeavor awardee
  • Andi Ogier, University Libraries, Shared Course awardee
  • Xiaowei Wu, Statistics, Collaborative Research awardee


Given the potential difficulties of defining collaborative efforts, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Christa Miller, 4-VA deputy coordinator, at 540-231-2240 or christa.miller@vt.edu with questions concerning proposal scope and budgeting. General questions about deadlines can be directed to Will Fox, 4-VA grants manager, at 540-231-9587 or willfox@vt.edu.

Grant Review Process

  1. Once the proposal is submitted, the Campus Coordinators work with a small group of past 4-VA awardees to assess submitted grant proposals. (Rubric used by 4-VA reviewers.)
  2. The Campus Coordinators compile the suggestions and feedback from reviewers and use the information to guide recommendations for grant awards.
  3. The Campus Coordinators then submit all received proposals—including recommended grantees—to the TLOS Stakeholders Committee to approve the recommended grants.
  4. Upon approval, recipients and department heads must sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) before funds are released.
  5. Funds for approved grants are released to the grantee(s) and grant work is permitted to commence.
  6. The Deputy Campus Coordinator and 4-VA Assessment Coordinator work with the grantees throughout the year(s) to monitor progress and document outcomes.