Call for Proposals

The 4-VA mission is to promote inter-university collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university in order to accomplish more than any individual university could achieve alone. The legislation creating 4-VA explains that the collaborative was established “to utilize emerging technologies to promote collaboration and resource sharing to increase access, reduce time to graduation and reduce unit cost while maintaining and enhancing quality.”


The following opportunities are currently available for the 2017 – 2018 grant cycle.


Collaborative Research Grants – RFP 2017

This competitive grant program is intended to improve research competitiveness within the Commonwealth and at Mason by providing funding for faculty to engage in pilot research focused on 4-VA goal areas that could be used as a springboard for subsequent, major federal grants. Collaboration with a researcher at one of the 4-VA partner institutions is strongly desired, as is active dissemination of the research findings. Research proposals could also directly lead to course redesign. Funding amounts are expected to range from $5,000 to $20,000 per grant, not including complementary funding that may be supplied by partner institutions. Please click the link above for complete information regarding how to apply for this grant.

Who May Apply?

  • Grants are available to full-time faculty or administrative faculty;
  • Faculty who have received previous 4-VA grants may be eligible for additional funds, but preference will be given to new research projects.


  • Proposals accepted: September 18 – October 18, 2017
  • Award Notifications Made: November 17, 2017
  • Dispersal of Funds: December 15, 2017


Open Educational Resources – RFP 2017

Mason 4-VA, in collaboration with the University Libraries and Mason Online, introduces a Request for Proposals regarding Open Educational Resources (OER). This project is focused on innovative course redesign that reconsiders the materials currently used with the intent purpose to integrate digital materials. Please click the link above for complete information regarding how to apply for this grant.

Courses of particular interest are those that:

  1. have high enrollment numbers,
  2. are required courses for majors,
  3. count in the Mason Core, or
  4. carry high textbook costs.

Redesigning courses to include open educational resources can:

  • reduce the cost of instruction for students
  • improve teaching and learning outcomes
  • create student economic opportunity through open access to quality educational resources 

Who May Apply:
Mason full-time faculty that teach high demand, highly populated courses. Adjunct faculty may apply as part of a team. For example, a group proposal may contain an adjunct instructor and full-time faculty from a department.  Teams representing multiple sections of a course are encouraged to apply.

Grant Amounts:
Competitive grants will be awarded ranging from $1000-$5000, depending on the nature of the work and the level of team collaboration. Larger amounts will be considered for projects that develop original materials.


  • Completed application: December 1, 2017
  • Award notification: December 15, 2017
  • Funds distributed: January 16, 2018


In addition, Mason faculty that are working on a collaborative grant awarded by one of our members schools may apply for complementary funding of up to $5000 – Complementary Request Form to support cross-university collaborative work.

Updated: August 24, 2017