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Applications for the VCU Accelerate Fundare due Feb. 1

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Strategic Priorities Plan funds, 2021-2022 

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One VCU Research is committed to improving the human condition through a culture of collaboration that facilitates discovery and creative practice. To facilitate this commitment, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has entered a new research paradigm with the initiation of the One VCU Research Strategic Priorities Plan (SRPP) in July 2021. Further catalyzing the commitment of VCU, with the approval of the VCU Board of Visitors, President Michael Rao, Ph.D., has authorized the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) to invest $10 million in Phase One of the SRPP implementation during FY 2022. Aligning the strengths of VCU’s faculty, staff, students and our greater community, each of the SRPP initiatives (enriching the human experience, establishing a just and equitable society, optimizing health, and supporting sustainable energy and environments) recognize diversity, equity and inclusion as imperatives to success, as does each of the available funding opportunities.

The One VCU Research Strategic Priorities Plan funds 2021-2022 request for applications outlines the priorities, proposal requirements, deadlines and application processes for each opportunity: VCU Accelerate Fund (Accelerate), VCU Breakthroughs Fund (Breakthroughs), and an expanded VCU Quest Fund (Quest, formerly the Presidential Research Quest Fund).

Strategic funds

Strategic funds at-a-glance

See full RFA for further detail including required application and budget components and formatting requirements. This request for applications is for FY2022 only and will be updated on an annual basis.

Fund titleVCU AccelerateVCU BreakthroughsVCU Quest
RFA releaseDec. 1, 2021Dec. 1, 2021Dec. 1, 2021
Submission deadlineFull proposal:
Feb. 1, 2022
LOI:
Jan. 21, 2022
Full proposal:
March 1, 2022
Full proposal:
April 1, 2022
Award start dateApril 1, 2022May 1, 2022July 1, 2022
Total funds available$1 million$2.5 million$750,000
Award ceilingUp to $100,000Up to $200,000Up to $50,000
Unit level cost shareNANA25% of total costs
Fund releaseInitial: 50%;
Remaining: 50% following successful 6-month progress report
Initial: 50%;
Remaining: 50% following successful 6-month progress report
Initial: 60%;
Remaining: 40% following successful 6-month progress report
Project period12-18 months18-24 months18 months
Anticipated # of awardsUp to 12Up to 12~20
Program categorySmall program expansion or mid-scale planning.Large-scale programPilot/small project, funds for part of a larger project
Eligibility

Transdisciplinary research required.

Multi-PI required. PIs may be from the same school/college.

PIs may be any full-time VCU faculty, research faculty or clinician researcher regardless of rank or tenure status, whose appointments are approved by the dean of their college or school.

Inclusive research teams are strongly encouraged, including URM faculty, early-stage investigators, trainees and students.

Alignment with an initiative, including specific goal(s), and objective(s) identified in the SRPP.

Transdisciplinary research required.

Multi-PI required. PIs must be from at least two different schools/colleges.

PIs may be any full-time VCU faculty, research faculty or clinician researcher regardless of rank or tenure status, whose appointments are approved by the dean of their college or school.

Inclusive research teams are strongly encouraged, including URM faculty, early-stage investigators, trainees and students.

Alignment with an initiative, including specific goal(s), and objective(s) identified in the SRPP.

Trans/multidisciplinary research encouraged.

Multi-PI encouraged. Single investigators are eligible.

PIs may be any full-time VCU faculty, research faculty or clinician researcher regardless of rank or tenure status, whose appointments are approved by the dean of their college or school.

Inclusive research teams are strongly encouraged, including URM faculty, early-stage investigators, trainees and students.

Alignment with an initiative, including specific goal(s), and objective(s) identified in the SRPP.

Contact us

Melissa Throckmorton
Director of research development and strategic projects
(804) 827-1443

Joshua Hahn
Senior grant development specialist
(804) 827-1524

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