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Strategic Priorities Plan funds, 2021-2022 

One VCU Research is committed to shaping the future through transformative innovation in 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 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 in Phase One of the strategic priorities plan implementation during FY 2022. Aligning the strengths of VCU’s faculty, staff, students and our greater community, each of the strategic priorities plan 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 the: VCU Accelerate Fund (Accelerate), VCU Breakthroughs Fund (Breakthroughs), and an expanded VCU Quest Fund (formerly the Presidential Research Quest Fund). A partnership with the Office of the Provost provides for the VCU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Fund (2022 RFA).

Strategic funds

Strategic funds at-a-glance

See OVPRI funds full RFA and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences fund 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. NOTE: Some deadlines have passed.

Fund title VCU Accelerate VCU Breakthroughs VCU Quest VCU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 
RFA release Dec. 1, 2021 Dec. 1, 2021 Dec. 1, 2021 Feb. 1, 2022
Submission deadline Cycle closed
Cycle closed Cycle closed Full proposal: April 15, 2022
Anticipated award start date* May 1, 2022 June 1, 2022 July 1, 2022 July 1, 2022
Total funds available $1 million $2.5 million $750,000 $100,000
Award ceiling Up to $100,000 Up to $200,000 Up to $50,000 Up to $10,000
Unit level cost share NA NA 25% of total costs NA
Fund release Initial: 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
100% of funding at project start 
Project period 12-18 months 18-24 months 18 months 12 months
Anticipated # of awards Up to 12 Up to 12 ~20 ~10 
Program category Small program expansion or mid-scale planning Large-scale program Pilot/small project, funds for part of a larger project Pilot/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 strategic priorities plan.

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 strategic priorities plan.

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 strategic priorities plan.

PIs must be any full-time VCU faculty regardless of rank or tenure status.

Both single- and multi-scholar or artist grants are eligible.

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 strategic priorities plan.

 

 *While anticipated start dates are provided, actual funding dates are subject to change. No funding can ensue in anticipation of an award i.e. before PIs are notified of the actual award and funding start date.