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FY 2024 funding opportunities

Enriching the human experience, Achieving a just and equitable society, optimizing health, supporting sustainable energy and environments and culture of collaboration - graphicAt VCU, research begins with boldness, creativity and ambition that is transforming innovation and improving the human condition. And, we are succeeding, changing who is shaping and creating knowledge and ensuring that research serves our collective good by aligning our collective strengths toward with a focus on the four initiatives outlined under the One VCU Research Strategic Priorities Plan:

Progressing into the third year of funding aimed at external impact, it is important to consider how to can empower missing voices, teams and talents to address grand challenges within our diverse community and beyond. VCU connects rural and urban communities, embracing its complex history to foster necessary change.

This year, we are pleased to offer the following funding opportunities:

  • VCU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund: Supporting, facilitating and enhancing the creation, production and dissemination of arts, humanities and social sciences research.
  • VCU Breakthroughs Fund: Supporting transdisciplinary teams to design unique, creative and innovative large-scale approaches to confront humanity’s grand challenges.
  • VCU Quest Fund: Supporting new, emerging or continuing research in any discipline or area of research focus, particularly work that advances transdisciplinary research, multidisciplinary research, cross-campus collaboration and research with a high potential for translation to practice or market.
  • VCU Commercialization Fund: Dedicated to the advancement of VCU inventions with a goal of bringing projects to a more mature stage of development and improving their chances of being licensed and brought to market.

Strategic funds details and application instructions

Each of the following One VCU Research Strategic Priorities Plan FY 2024 Request for Applications (RFAs) outline the purpose, proposal requirements, deadlines and application processes. Email for more information.

Funding timelines at a glance (FY 2024)


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund

Breakthroughs Fund

Quest Fund

Commercialization Fund

Intent to Submit Deadline

November 1, 2023

November 29, 2023



Full Proposal Deadline

January 19, 2024

February 1, 2024

April 15, 2024

October 2, 2023

Award Start Date

May 15, 2024

July 1, 2024

July 1, 2024

November 10, 2023

Project Period

12 months

18 – 24 months

18 months

12 months

Award Ceiling

Up to $10,000

Up to $200,000

Up to $50,000, inclusive of 25% unit cost share (required)

Up to $50,000

Program Category

Pilot/small project funds for part of a larger project

Large-scale program funding

Pilot/small project, funds for part of a larger project.


VCU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund

Purpose: Through a partnership between the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the VCU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund is designed to support, facilitate and enhance the creation, production and dissemination of arts, humanities and social sciences research and creative activity at any stage of development, including initial or mid-stage project development, presentation or performance, and final publication. Apply for VCU AHSS Fund via RAMS-SPOT internal opportunities here.

Eligibility: Principal investigators must be any full-time VCU faculty regardless of rank or tenure status. Both single- and multi-scholar or artist grants are eligible.

Questions: Please direct all questions to