Funding Opportunities

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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.

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

Faculty members who are full-time tenure track at one our BPI Institutions are eligible though priority will be given to early career faculty.


VGN Small Awards for 2016

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


 

Call for Proposals for:

Renewal or New Project Awards for Faculty at Castleton State University, Green Mountain College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Middlebury College, Norwich University and Saint Michael's College
Beginning June 1, 2016

Deadline: February 1, 2016 by 4:00 pm

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

Call for Proposals for:

Renewal or New Pilot Project Awards for Faculty at Castleton State University, Green Mountain College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, Middlebury College, Norwich University and Saint Michael's College Beginning June 1, 2016
Deadline: February 1, 2016 by 4:00 pm

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

Call for Proposals for:

VGN Undergraduate Student Summer Research Support 2016

This is an invitation for proposals for 2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Support for students who wish to work with faculty members within the VGN network of colleges and universities.
Deadline: February 19, 2016 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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University of Vermont
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