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.”

April 2020 Update:

As 4-VA@Mason continues to steadfastly move forward in support the Mason community with the development of meaningful education and research projects, we do recognize the potential for future funding uncertainties.  Consequently, while we are still accepting calls for proposals for 20-21 Collaborative Research Grants, we do want to note the possibility of budget cuts in the next fiscal year.    

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

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  • Collaborative Research Grants

This grant program is intended to improve research competitiveness at Mason and within the Commonwealth.  4-VA is interested in supporting:

      • Collaboration with faculty from at least one of the other 4-VA partner schools
      • Engaging undergraduate and graduate student research, providing opportunities for real-world experience and growth
      • Dissemination of research findings to raise visibility of the project
      • Supporting pilot research focused on 4-VA goal areas that could be used as a springboard for subsequent, major federal grants.

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 – April 24, 2020
      • Awarded grants announced:  May 25, 2020
      • Funding available:  July 1, 2020
      • Projects must be completed by June 30, 2021

Click to see the Collaborative-Research-Grant-Proposal form in Word.

Click to see the Collaborative-Research-Grant-Proposal in a .pdf.

Please complete the form, including all necessary signatures, scan and submit to by April 24, 2020.

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

 4-VA@Mason supports course redesign utilizing 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.

Calendar: TBD, coming soon

      • Proposals accepted:
      • Awards notified:
      • Funding available:
      • Projects must be completed by:


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 get a Word version of the form.