VCU offers multiple funding opportunities from internal resources to support investigators in their research activities. The primary purpose of these grants is to help investigators generate preliminary data for competitive applications to external funding agencies. These short-term funding opportunities have different requirements and funding cycles. Internal funding programs are sponsored by different units, such as individual departments, schools, research centers, institutes, and VCU. Each week, the Office of Research at the School of Medicine sends an email via a listserv to researchers in the SOM in which various funding opportunities and other notices are listed, with details provided in an attachment.
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The accordions below provide additional information and links to ongoing or periodic internal funding opportunities available to the faculty members of the School of Medicine. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation has additional opportunities listed on its website, which can be viewed at this link.
In its efforts to enhance research and support its faculty, the School of Medicine provides bridge funding for successful investigators who experience a lapse in NIH support. Bridge funding is temporary and specifically targeted to allow investigators time to respond to NIH renewal applications that have been favorably reviewed, but are not expected to be funded.
Bridge funding may be provided to investigators who meet all of the following criteria:
Budgets up to $50,000 will be considered by the review committee. Details and justification should be provided. Under special circumstances, expanded budgets will be considered.
Bridge funding is provided for up to one year and can begin any time after funding for the previous grant has lapsed and a renewal proposal for this project was not funded.
Awards may be used for services, animals, supplies and salary for key personnel associated with the research project. Indirect costs are not provided. The salary and time commitment of the principal investigator must be supported by the department. Departments also are encouraged to provide additional support for the applicant.
If external funding is received prior to the end of the bridge grant’s duration, unexpended funds will be returned to the School of Medicine.
Applications should consist of the following components:
Submit application materials electronically (PDF files preferred) and direct any questions to:
Dr. Zakir Ullah, Director Scientific Review, School of Medicine (email@example.com)
Review and funding
A standing review committee of senior faculty members chaired by Dr. Joyce A. Lloyd, Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and Associate Dean, VCU Graduate School will promptly review the material and make a recommendation to the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training. After reviewing the recommendation, the Senior Associate Dean will discuss the application with the Dean, who will make the final funding decision. Applicants will be notified in writing by the Dean.
VETAR is a competitive pilot grant program supported with funds from VCU Health as a part of its efforts to promote scientific research and education at the SOM. Launched in 2019, the program is designed to provide faculty members the initial support needed to start research and educational projects and collect preliminary data required for submission of competitive proposals to external funding agencies. VETAR provides financial support for up to 18 months, and all full-time SOM faculty members are eligible to apply.
Solicitation dates, eligibility requirements and funding limits may vary.
VETAR2021 - Cycle completed
Announcement: September 9, 2020
Submission deadline: October 16, 2020
Funding notification: January11, 2021
VETAR2022 – Not yet announced.
The VCU Presidential Research Quest (PeRQ) Fund aims to afford all faculty an internal funding opportunity to support new, emerging or continuing research. Proposed research should align with the goals and key strategies presented in VCU’s Quest 25: Together We Transform strategic plan. Funded proposals require matching funds from the unit (school or college). Applications by faculty members whose primary appointment is in the School of Medicine are reviewed and ranked by the SOM while final funding decisions are made by an executive committee with representatives from all the schools. Multi-investigator awards spanning more than one unit are encouraged.
The Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) supports meritorious clinical and translational health sciences research. The goal of the funding mechanisms is to allow researchers to collect data that will support external funding for work that ultimately improves patient and community health outcomes.
Internal funding opportunities include the following:
The Wright Center also provides resources and training opportunities for faculty members who are applying for research funding and helps faculty members with identifying additional internal and external funding mechanisms.
Competitive funding opportunities to support VCU Massey Cancer Center (MCC) scientific members is available through both intramural and extramural sources. MCC produces a monthly funding newsletter, which highlights the details of upcoming funding opportunities.
Intramural funding opportunities include the following:
The Children’s Health Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU [pdf] started a grant program in March 2021 aiming to foster collaborations on research relevant to the health and development of children. At least six grants of up to $50,000 each will be available each year.
The program aims to fund projects that include investigators from more than one unit (division, department, school) at VCU that will produce data likely to support a competitive external grant submission.
At least one of the PIs must be a member of the CHRI. CHRI membership is open to anyone affiliated to VCU and VCUHS.
Applications for the year 2021.
Announcement: March 18, 2021
Submission deadline: May 21, 2021
Award start date: Aug. 1, 2021.
For eligibility criteria and more information please contact:.
Henry J. Rozycki
Some of the academic departments at the SOM, such as the Departments of Surgery and Internal Medicine, provide financial support to faculty members to promote scientific research.
For more information, please contact:
For other SOM departments, please contact the department chair to find out more about funding opportunities and the proposal submission process.
Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF)
The Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF) of Virginia provides funding to institutions of higher learning including Virginia Commonwealth University to upgrade equipment needed for instruction and research. VCU's process to determine the allocation of HEETF funds is designed to direct resources to meet overarching institutional needs as articulated in the VCU Strategic Plan. A VCU committee coordinate requests for these funds, thereby assuring non-duplication of expenditures and careful planning for the maximum benefit to the University.
Each school or unit prioritize the requests submitted to VCU for final consideration. The School of Medicine has set up a committee to evaluate and prioritize HEETF funding requests by its faculty members. Faculty members are encouraged to start the process early and talk to other colleagues about the need for equipment that can be supported by HEETF funding. While HEETF is mainly used for expensive equipment that can benefit multiple investigators and core facilities, smaller equipment, that can be used by multiple investigators, will also be considered for HEETF funding. The equipment can be requested for both clinical and basic science research and education.
Examples of equipment purchased by the SOM through HEETF funding.
Proposal submission deadlines
Proposals are accepted for funding in the Spring of each year. Submission deadlines vary and are shared with faculty members when finalized. Please consult Dr. Zakir Ullah (Zakir.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Michael Donnenberg (Michael.Donnenberg@vcuhealth.org) for more information and submission deadlines.
HEETF Funding Announcement
Clck on the link below to download HEETF funding announcement for FY2023. LOI submission is due April 15, 2022, and full proposal due on May 31, 2022.
Research resources available to VCU SOM faculty include administrative, academic and outreach support services, along with formal partnering opportunities with nearby institutes, research cores and established theme-focused research institutes and centers.
VCU SOM has established partnerships with several area academic and industrial institutes to promote collaborative science. Research core services supported by the VCU SOM span a broad range of disciplines and include fee for service partnerships with other Virginia universities and colleges. The research infrastructure supported by the SOM includes 11 locations across both the SOM and Monroe Park campus. Institutes and centers have been established at the SOM which support a wide range of disease focused research.
VCU School of Medicine has a variety of administrative, communication, outreach, and research support resources available to its faculty.
VCU has a large number of core laboratories to support research. Core laboratories receive financial support from different sources including the SOM. However, all are available to all VCU researchers, typically on a fee-for-service basis. Access to SOM-supported core laboratories is also possible, on a more limited basis, for outside academic and commercial users.
VCU has agreements with other Virginia research universities and institutes who provide core services. A full list of participating universities and institutes and service provided is available here.
Recent additions to research space include the Goodwin Research Building (opened in 2005 to support research in the Massey Cancer Center), the Molecular Medicine Research Building (opened in 2009), the Pauley Heart Center (on the seventh floor of Sanger Hall, completed in fall 2012), the Massey Cancer Center vivarium (completed in fall 2012, renovated in 2020) and the expansion of space for our Structural Biology Core in the basement of the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center (completed in fall 2013).
All new labs are organized in an open lab format to encourage research collaboration. The receipt of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award in 2010 led to the creation of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR), located in the old Richmond Academy of Medicine Building. The increased space for basic science research and creation of the CCTR has enabled us to move more easily toward the translation of basic science discoveries into new and novel treatments for patients. For more details on each research space, click on the links in the list below:
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Centers and Institutes (ICs) work across disciplines and research to create new knowledge. Representing some of the most cutting-edge investigations taking place in the world today, the VCU’s ICs conduct unique investigative collaborations to add value to the university in terms of intellectual power, resources and collaborative potential, transitioning basic science to clinical trials, extramural funding and resource development.
The equitable distribution of laboratory space is critical to the School of Medicine research mission. No department, institute or center, member of the faculty, or staff has permanent rights to laboratory space. The Dean of the School of Medicine or his/her designee assigns all space based on the principles described in Guidelines for SOM Research Space Assignments. Faculty members may expect to have laboratory space adjustments, gaining or relinquishing space over time as productivity and priorities change.
VCU offers a wide variety of research opportunities to all levels of trainees. Whether you are an undergraduate student ready to test scientific waters, a graduate student seeking training for a career in biomedical sciences, or making plans for a postdoctoral fellowship, VCU School of Medicine has a wealth of research opportunities to meet your needs. We welcome you to use this site to search for potential mentors.
Please review the list of research opportunities to identify faculty members conducting research in your areas of interest. Contact the faculty members by email to arrange a meeting.
Please review the accordions below for more resources and information, including a variety of fellowships and training grants tailored to every level of trainee.
The VCU School of Medicine hosts a vibrant community of postdoctoral scholars and provides a broad spectrum of postdoctoral positions and fellowships.
The VCU School of Medicine offers a number of programs for those interested in doctoral, master's, and postbaccalaureate studies. More information about the programs can be foundat the graduate school website.
There are 11 individual Ph.D programs offered at the VCU School of Medicine.
The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (VCU IMSD) Graduate Program provides Ph.D. level training in the biomedical sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research.
There are 11 individual Master's programs offered at the VCU School of Medicine.
The VCU Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (VCU PREP) is a one-year biomedical research training program for recent college graduates in groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
The Premedical Graduate Certificate Program (CERT) is a one-year, graduate-level program for individuals seeking to enhance their qualifications for admission into professional school, including Medical and Dental School. Many CERT students obtain accelerated Masters degrees after completing the program while applying to professional school.
The VCU School of Medicine hosts a number of research opportunities for medical students.
For current first-year VCU medical students to conduct funded research during the summer between years M1 and M2.
Step 1: Identify research opportunities
Step 2: Apply online for fellowship funding
Eligibility and requirements for students and sponsors
The application process starts in late January. Students can submit their applications until late February/early March. The review process is completed in April and students are notified in late April or early May about the outcome of their applications. The exact dates vary from year to year and eligible students are notified of the exact dates when program details are finalized.
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VCU provides a breadth of resources, programs and fellowships for VCU undergraduate students to get involved in research at the VCU SOM.
The Research Student Interest Group (RSIG) at the VCU School of Medicine is a student-run interest group with the goal of promoting a community where students can learn about, explore and get involved in research. Information regarding upcoming events, workshops, and research fellowship opportunities can be found on its website.
Michael Donnenberg, M.D.
Sr. Assoc. Dean for Research & Research Training
Michael Donnenberg, M.D.
Sr. Assoc. Dean for Research & Research Training
Office of Research & Research Training
Phone: (804) 828-0673
Fax: (804) 827-1469
1101 E Marshall St, Sanger Hall, Room 1-055
Zakir Ullah, PhD
Director Scientific Review
Zakir Ullah, PhD
Director Scientific Review
Office of Research and Research Training
Phone: (804) 828-0272
Physical: 1101 E Marshall St, Sanger Hall, Room 1-055