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Internal Research Funding

The University of Virginia supports the development of research through a variety of mechanisms. In addition to its major investments in research through the Pan University Institutes and the Strategic Investment Fund, the University provides funds to enable and sustain sponsored research through seed and interim funding programs. This page provides a directory of some of these programs. There may be additional opportunities available through the individual schools within the University.

You may view and apply for a number of active Limited Submission, Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Pan-University Institute, and other internal funding opportunities via our online submission site.

Please feel free to contact Dean Evasius if you would like to add an internal funding opportunity to this page

Seed Funding Opportunities

Office of the Vice President for Research

Office of the Provost

  • The Office of the Provost manages the 4-VA at UVA Collaborative Research Grants Program. 4-VA is a partnership between eight Virginia institutions (UVA, VT, JMU, ODU, VCU, GMU, W&M, and VMI) whose mission is to promote inter-university collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university in order to accomplish much more than any individual university could achieve alone. One of the many 4-VA initiatives, Collaborative Research, is intended to improve research competitiveness within the Commonwealth by providing funding for faculty teams to engage in pilot research that could be used as a springboard for subsequent external funding. Each UVA Collaborative Research Grant proposal may request up to $25,000 in internal 4-VA at UVA funding. Full proposal information is available in the  RFP or via the following link:  https://provost-virginia.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1800666 For questions related to the Collaborative Research Grants program, or 4-VA more generally, please contact Matt Banfield (mb3qb@virginia.edu), assistant vice provost for academic affairs.

The Pan University Institutes

  • The Brain Institute has created seed funding programs for Transformative Neuroscience Pilot Grant and shared instrumentation, which foster cross-Grounds collaboration and enable collaborations that break down barriers, including providing support and infrastructure for research trainees – students and postdoctoral fellows - that transmit new ideas and approaches between research groups.
  • The Global Infectious Diseases Institute (GIDI) offers Collaborative Research Seed Grants to support new (not previously funded extramurally or at UVA), transformative, and differentiating for UVA. It is expected that the successful teams will be highly competitive to apply for follow-on extramural funding. GIDI will assist the collaborative teams in identifying and pursuing these extramural opportunities. The GIDI iGrant Program supports innovative, impactful research conducted by individuals.
  • The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) offers CoLabs seed funding opportunities facilitate the cross-disciplinary connections needed to form sustainable collaborations.

Licensing and Ventures Group

  • The UVA LVG Seed Fund provides capital and other resources to accelerate technologies based on UVA research to market. The fund is evergreen and will re-invest its gains to provide capital for additional investments. Investment decisions are made with the oversight of the Seed Fund Committee, which also led the search for the managing director.

Integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV)

  • The Integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia offers a Research Concierge Portal that includes a directory of seed funding opportunities relating to translational health. 
  • The iTHRIV Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies (PTC) Program is a core component of the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Award, “The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV): Using Data to Improve Health.” The goal of the iTHRIV PTC Program is to help teams transition from early-stage seed grants and proof-of-concept studies to externally funded translational research and clinical application. The iTHRIV PTC Program is particularly interested in funding projects related to data science and those that involve collaboration across the iTHRIV partner institutions Inova, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic.
  • The iTHRIV Community Organization & Research/Academic Institution Partnership supports community-based research projects that may address a wide range of health-related topics, including any health outcomes, or social determinants of health such as economic development, education, etc. 

School of Medicine

  • The School of Medicine Research and Development Program provides a limited number of small ($10K – $30K) research awards as seed money for new projects, development of new methods or reagents, or to enter a new area of research.  Announcements are made to all faculty; there are usually two grant cycles per year.  See both the application instructions and the application form
  • The Launchpad for Diabetes Program is an internal, translational research fund supporting collaborative research projects proposing innovative solutions for the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The goal of this program is to support/develop translational research projects that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in care of patients with diabetes mellitus. Examples of desirable outcomes include improved diagnosis and treatment of disease through new medical devices, biomarkers or diagnostics, therapeutic targets and agents, or new clinical adoption of existing tools. Although not required, it is anticipated that most projects will result in new intellectual property, commercial partnerships, or lead to start-up company creation. On average, the program supports 4-6 projects averaging $80,000 each for 12 months.

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Partners Program

  • The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Partners Program supports collaborative translational research projects in the field to Biomedical Engineering. The goal of this program is to provide funding to develop translational research projects that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in health care. Examples of desirable outcomes include improved diagnosis and treatment of disease through new medical devices, new biomarkers, new therapeutic targets, and/or new clinical adoption of existing tools. Although not required, most projects will result in commercial partnerships, new intellectual property and startup companies. Both short-term and long-term/high-risk projects are eligible. On average, the Program supports 6-8 projects and invests over $800,000 of project funds every year.

The Center for Engineering in Medicine

  • The Center for Engineering in Medicine provides over $1 million per year in seed funding to support the formation of new collaborations and launch promising new projects at the engineering-medicine interface. Additional information about this opportunity can be found here.

The Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing

  •  The Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing offers seed fund grants to support innovative research  that makes use of the Center's equipment. Seed grants lead to competitive external grant applications, provisional patents, and peer-reviewed publications in a 6-18 month time frame from the date of funding.
    • Applications are reviewed by the Steering Committee on a rolling basis.
    • Projects must include a Center Steering Committee as a collaborator.
    • Total award amount can range from $1,000-$20,000 per grant.

The Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) Initiative

  • The STAR initiative, led by the Curry School in partnership with colleagues across the University, aims to improve the lives of individuals with autism through groundbreaking research and innovative models for intervention and training.  STAR Pilot Awards are intended to support innovative faculty-initiated research projects with strong scientific merit and high potential for extramural support. These awards will fund small-scale projects or early-stage studies that are intended to gather preliminary data, expand or extend prior work, and lead to competitive applications for external funding. Investigators new to the field of autism are encouraged to apply, as are transdisciplinary and applied research teams.

Interim Support and Proposal Development Funding

Other Research Funding

  • The School of Medicine maintains a listing of internal funding opportunities supported by SOM and UVA.

  • The Ivy Biomedical Innovation Fund was created by The Ivy Foundation to support biomedical innovation and translational research projects at the University of Virginia. In 2019, the program plans to make 6 to 8 awards averaging $50,000-$80,000 each for 12 months. The requested amount of funding must be commensurate with the project stage and goals. To generate and advance novel and compelling translational ideas, the program strongly encourage projects that involve faculty co-investigators from multiple departments, schools, or specialties at UVA.

  • The Bankard Fund for Political Economy was established with gifts by Merrill H. Bankard and his wife, Georgia S. Bankard. The fund supports research programs at the University of Virginia that will have the greatest possible influence upon the development and continuation of the public policy necessary for a healthy private business system and a healthy national economy.

  • The Jefferson Trust provides discretionary funding for trustee-selected projects that enhance the University of Virginia as a preeminent global institution of higher learning.  The Trustees solicit and evaluate applications, and provide grants and stewardship towards the execution of stated project goals.  The Trust measures the success of a grant by its ability to encourage creativity, innovation and leadership, and ultimately by whether it enhances the University and/or the student experience. 
  • Research Support for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. In collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences, the VPR also provides funding for the biannual research support grants in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences through a competitive grant program. Funding may be requested for up to $3,000 for any activity or expense associated with a scholarly or research project.
  • Small Grants/Travel Grants provides funds for supplies, editing, travel to libraries, and other small requests for faculty in the humanities and social sciences departments in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Summer Stipends. The President of the University and the Dean of Arts & Sciences annually allocates funds for faculty awards to support full-time summer research in the social sciences and the humanities (including original creative works in the fine arts). For additional information, contact Len Schoppa at ljs2k@virginia.edu, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Professor of Politics.
  • Matching Funds. Some grant proposals may require a statement of university matching funds. Matching funds should be requested from your department and coordinated with your school's Associate Dean for Research. Requests should then be submitted by the Associate Dean to the Vice President for Research.
  • The Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation (CGII) seeks to stimulate research addressing problems and challenges of global scale, scope, concern, perspective, and impact. To support this effort, the Center administers several types of grants open to UVa faculty and graduate students. They are particularly interested in proposals that outline innovative methods and promote cross-university and international collaborations. 
  • The Office of Undergraduate Research offers several grants to students to fund research projects.
  • The iTHRIV Scholar Mentored Career Development Program aims to train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers in principles of data science, the conduct of rigorous and reproducible science, and to promote team science as a means to enhance innovation and discovery. Up to five Scholars are selected annually to participate in the program; junior faculty candidates pursuing a career in clinical research or translational research from all departments and Schools at the University of Virginia are encouraged to apply. Members of under-represented racial and ethnic groups and candidates with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.