August 28, 2013

4-VA Grants

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.”

4-VA grants are awarded in various cycles throughout the year, please note the schedule for each grant type.

Need More Information?

Visit our FAQs page.

  • Collaborative Research Grants

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.

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: March 1 – March 15, 2020
      • Awarded grants announced:  April 15, 2020
      • Funding available:  July 1, 2020
      • Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021

Click to view the form for a Collaborative Research Grant.

Click to view a sample successful science-based collaborative grant research proposal.

Click to view a sample successful humanities-based collaborative grant research proposal.

CURRENT GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS:  To file your final project report, LINK HEREClick COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANT FINAL PROJECT REPORT to see a .pdf version of the online form.

  • Open Educational Resources

Mason 4-VA, in collaboration with the University Libraries and Mason Online, introduClickes 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.

Courses of particular interest are those that:

      • Count in the Mason Core,
      • Have high enrollment numbers,
      • Are required courses for majors, or
      • Carry high textbook costs.

Redesigning courses to include open educational resources can:

      • Reduce textbook costs for students
      • Improve teaching and learning outcomes
      • Build faculty community as teams work together to create dynamic course material

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. Greater amounts will be considered for projects that develop original materials and have larger teams.


      • Proposals accepted:  March 15 – April 15, 2020
      • Awards notified:  May 15, 2020
      • Funding available:  July 1, 2020
      • Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021


Faculty needing to complete the final OER course redesign report: LINK HERE

NOTE:  Dynamic Forms does not have a “Save and Exit” or “Save and Continue” option.  Click OER COURSE REDESIGN FINAL REPORT to see a .pdf version of the online form.

  • Complementary Grants

Mason faculty involved in proposals with other 4-VA institutions are be eligible to apply for complementary funding to support cross university collaborative work. Up to $5,000 may be available in complementary funding for you as a Co-PI to a partner 4-VA institution. Grants are per school, not per researcher. Please note that 4-VA funds cannot be transferred between institutions.  If the Co-PI would like to be awarded more than $5,000 please apply through the 4-VA grants program at their university.


Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.  Following the award confirmation at the host university, Complementary Grants will be awarded at Mason.

Click COMPLEMENTARY FUNDING GRANT REQUEST FORM to see a .pdf version of the form.