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The Vermont Genetics Network provides funding for the following:

  • Faculty Project Awards at the Baccalaureate Partner Institutions
  • Faculty Pilot Project Awards at the Baccalaureate Partner Institutions
  • Undergraduate Summer or Fall Research at the Baccalaureate Partner Institutions

 

Requests for Proposals are generally announced in the late Fall. At that time, our online application process will be available. However, we have occasional requests for proposals at other times of the year. Please check the website periodically for updates or sign up on our mailing list for email notifications.

 

There is a limit to the number of awards an investigator at a BPI may receive. Faculty may receive up to 3 Project awards or 4 awards that are a combination of Pilot and Project Awards. These are exclusive of small awards. The VGN administration recognizes that the BPI institutions are at different stages in developing and sustaining their cultures of research and will accept requests for support for additional Pilot awards beyond the guidelines. These requests will be reviewed on an individual basis, and will involve input of the scientific advisor and the BPI coordinator, and supporting documentation that includes summary statements from extramural grants proposals. Progress toward funding must be demonstrated.

Please note: It is mandatory to attend the VGN & VT EPSCoR Grant Writing Workshops

Faculty members who are full-time tenure track at one of our BPI institutions are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to early career faculty.

Science Advisor and VGN Faculty Member Obligations can be found here


VGN Small Awards for 2017

The Small Awards that are new to Phase 3 of VGN have always been envisioned to cover supplies, small equipment, course release, student helpers, among other things with an open application date. Therefore, it is appropriate to make a policy about the use of the Small Award funds for freeing time, especially for writing. Likewise, there are awards for Use of Facilities that are not already provided by VGN. Both awards are up to $5k and require only a short proposal, budget and signatures. A report describing the outcomes of the awards is due within 1 month of the end of the grant year.

VGN Small Awards Procedures


 

VGN Project Awards for 2017

Call for Proposals for:

Renewal or New Project Awards for Faculty at Castleton University, Green Mountain College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Middlebury College, Norwich University and Saint Michael's College
Beginning June 1, 2017

Deadline: February 1, 2017 by 4:00 pm

 

The following are conditions of your project award:

  • Award funds will begin by June 1, 2017 and must be expended by May 31, 2018.

 

Following the Award, Please Submit:

  • Revised for Qualifying for second and follow on years of funding:
    • To qualify to submit an application for a second year of funding of PROJECT awards, faculty should submit to VGN a draft of a proposal that the advisor has reviewed.  To qualify for a third year of PROJECT awards, the faculty member must submit a proposal for extramural funding.  Deadline for the submissions in each case is June 1.
  • Submit by September 1st a report describing your summer research and meetings with your research advisor.  Your advisor can be paid $200 each grant year for reading your manuscripts and grant applications.
  • If your research involves Human Subjects or Vertebrate Animals, all required IRB and IACUC documentation should have been submitted with the application to the VGN office.
  • Your advisor must complete a report about your progress three times per year.

 

We expect you to Attend the following:

  • Annual VGN Career Day for students in April 12, 2017 and April 2018.
  • VGN Networking and Professional Development Seminar, April 22, 2017.
  • Attend and present a poster at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference on August 16-18, 2017 and our Annual Retreat in August 2018. 
  • Attendance at our grant-writing workshop on November 11, 2017 will be required for all future submissions to VGN.

 

Completion of the following:

  • Annual VGN Survey and periodic VGN Longitudinal Surveys.
  • Annual Progress Report (APR).

 


VGN Pilot Project Awards for 2017

Call for Proposals for:

Renewal or New Pilot Project Awards for Faculty at Castleton University, Green Mountain College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Middlebury College, Norwich University and Saint Michael's College Beginning June 1, 2017
Deadline: February 1, 2017 by 4:00 pm

 

The following are conditions of a PILOT award:

  • Award funds will begin by June 1, 2017 and must be expended by May 31, 2018.

 

Following the Award, Please Submit:

  • Revised for Qualifying for second and follow on years of funding:
    • To qualify to submit an application for a second year of funding of PILOT awards, faculty should submit to VGN a draft of a proposal that their advisor has reviewed. To qualify for a third year of PROJECT awards, the faculty member must submit a proposal for extramural funding OR a manuscript that has been submitted to a peer reviewed journal. Deadline for the submissions in each case is June 1.
  • Submit by September 1st a report describing your summer research and meetings with your research advisor. Your advisor can be paid $200 each grant year for reading your manuscripts and grant applications.
  • If your research involves Human Subjects or Vertebrate Animals, all required IRB and IACUC documentation should have been submitted with the application to the VGN office.
  • Your advisor must complete a report about your progress three times per year.

 

We expect you to Attend the following:

  • Annual VGN Career Day for students in April 12, 2017 and April 2018.
  • VGN Networking and Professional Development Seminar, April 22, 2017.
  • Attend and present a poster at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference on August 16-18, 2017 and our Annual Retreat in August 2018. 
  • Attendance at our grant-writing workshop on November 11, 2017 will be required for all future submissions to VGN.

 

Completion of the following:

  • Annual VGN Survey and periodic VGN Longitudinal Surveys.
  • Annual Progress Report (APR)

 


VGN Undergraduate Student Summer Research Support for 2017

Call for Proposals for:

VGN Undergraduate Student Summer Research Support 2017

This is an invitation for proposals for 2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Support for students who wish to work with faculty members within the VGN network of colleges and universities.
Deadline: February 28, 2017 by 4:00 pm

  • Click here for the RFA
  • Click here for the Application

Review of Applications Process:

The review of project and pilot applications begins with the assignment of the application to at least two and preferably three outside reviewers.  Each reviewer receives your application in electronic form (or paper if preferred).  The reviewers are given the RFP and criteria for review that are used by NIH and are also on the RFP.  We ask that the reviewers provide a score and write a short response to each of the criteria as well as an overall score.  As with NIH reviews, when the reviewer has completed the assignment and submitted reviews on line, the reviewer 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.  We do not share the list of reviewers because the pool of reviewers is not as large as at NIH.  We ask the BPI Coordinators for help in identifying qualified reviewers.

The reviews and scores are compiled, the VGN PI and PC read the reviews and analyze the results.  The pay line is determined by the amount of funding that is available for projects and pilots that year.  Other meta data are considered when making the final decisions about funding.  These include compliance with VGN requirements for funding, advisors' reports and the critiques of proposals submitted to federal agencies.

Our goal is to fund as many projects and pilots as possible given the funds available, but fund only meritorious applications. 


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