Funding Opportunities

Faculty Support

VBRN has three funding mechanisms, described below, to support faculty research: Project Awards, Pilot Awards and Exploratory Awards. Faculty who receive VBRN funding are required to have a science mentor. See this page for Science Mentor and Mentee Expectations.

Eligibility:

Faculty members who are full-time tenure track at one of our Baccalaureate Partner Institutions are eligible to apply for VBRN funding. Priority will be given to early career faculty.

2021-2022 Faculty Funding Timeline:

The VBRN Grant Writing Workshop (GWW) will be held remotely on Saturday, October 24. Attendance at this workshop will be required for all faculty intending to apply for Exploratory, Pilot or Project Award funding for June 1, 2021-May 31, 2022. Details on the program can be found here. A timeline for applying for 2021-2022 VBRN funds is as follows:

  • Early September 2020: VBRN Exploratory, Pilot and Project Award Requests for Applications released
  • September 15, 2020: RSVP for the GWW to your BPI Coordinator
  • October 8, 2020: Two-page pitch paper due (email to your BPI Coordinator, mandatory requirement to participate in the GWW)
  • October 24, 2020: Grant Writing Workshop
  • December 1, 2020: Letter of Intent due (template will be distributed to GWW attendees)
  • February 1, 2021: VBRN Award applications due (must be submitted electronically by the PI)
  • End of March 2021: VBRN Award funding decisions made
Funding Limits:

There is a limit to the number of years of VBRN funding an investigator may receive. Eligible faculty may receive up to four years of funding (exclusive of the INBRE 3 Small Award category). VBRN recognizes that the BPIs are at different stages in developing and sustaining their cultures of research and will accept requests for a fifth year of funding for compliant faculty. These requests will be reviewed on an individual basis, and will involve input from the science mentor and the BPI coordinator, and supporting documentation that includes reviews from extramural grant proposals. Progress toward extramural funding must be demonstrated in order to be eligible for a fifth year of VBRN funding.

Review of VBRN Award Applications:

The review of Project, Pilot, and Exploratory Award applications begins with the assignment of the application to at least two and preferably three outside reviewers. The reviewers are given the Request For Applications (RFA) and are asked to write a short response for each of the NIH review criteria (Significance, Investigator, Innovation, Approach and Environment). The NIH utilizes a 9-point rating scale (1 = exceptional; 9 = poor) for all applications; the same scale is used for overall impact scores and for criterion scores. As with NIH reviews, when the reviewer has submitted their online reviews, they can then see the critiques of others who have the same application assignments. Reviewers are compensated for this work. This is a confidential process and the reviewers are asked not to share any insights into their reviews or even which applications they reviewed, just as at NIH. VBRN does not share the list of reviewers because the pool of reviewers is not as large as at NIH.

Once the reviews and scores are compiled, the VBRN Director, Program Coordinator, and PDE Core Coordinator read the reviews and analyze the results. The pay line is determined by the amount of funding that is available for Project, Pilot, and Exploratory Awards that year. Other data (publication record, compliance with VBRN requirements for funding, advisor reports, and the critiques of proposals submitted to federal agencies) are also considered when making the final decisions about funding.

VBRN’s goal is to fund as many Awards as possible, but fund only meritorious applications.

Policy on Sharing Grant Reviews:

While VBRN has requested grant reviews from our funded faculty in the past, beginning with the INBRE 4 phase, we are formalizing this process. VBRN funded faculty are expected to share any extramural grant reviews with their science mentor, BPI Coordinator and VBRN’s Professional Development and Education Core. These reviews will be kept confidential. This will facilitate the faculty mentoring process and allow VBRN funded faculty to receive useful feedback on their resubmission plans.

 

VBRN Project Awards for 2021

Call for Proposals for:

New or Renewal Project Research Awards for Faculty at Baccalaureate Partner Institutions
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 by 4:00 pm
Funding Dates: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

VBRN Pilot Awards for 2021

Call for Proposals for:

New or Renewal Pilot Research Awards for Faculty at Baccalaureate Partner Institutions
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 by 4:00 pm

Funding Dates: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

VBRN Exploratory Awards for 2021

Call for Proposals for:

New or Renewal Exploratory Research Awards for Faculty at Baccalaureate Partner Institutions
Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 by 4:00 pm

Funding Dates: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Resources for Human Subjects Research and Clinical Trials

NIH’s Definition of a Clinical Trial (including the Decision Tool): https://grants.nih.gov/policy/clinical-trials/definition.htm

Notice of Revised NIH Definition of “Clinical Trial”: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-015.html

NIH Clinical Trial Case Studies: https://grants.nih.gov/policy/clinical-trials/case-studies.htm

Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form (including an instructional video and annotated form): https://grants.nih.gov/policy/clinical-trials/new-human-subject-clinical-trial-info-form.htm

Human Subjects Education Training: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-00-039.html

Good Clinical Practice Training: https://grants.nih.gov/policy/clinical-trials/good-clinical-training.htm

How to Apply for an Account with ClinicalTrials.gov: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/manage-recs/how-apply#WhoShouldApply

 

Student Support

Call for Proposals for:

VBRN Undergraduate Student Summer Research Support 2020

This is an invitation for proposals for 2020 Undergraduate Summer Research Support for students who wish to work with faculty members within the VBRN network of colleges and universities.

Internship Location Descriptions

 
For Landmark College and Champlain College Students
For ABRCMS Conference Attendees
For Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Middlebury College, Northern Vermont University, Norwich University, and Saint Michael’s College Students