Limited Funding Opportunity – Commonwealth Health Research Board Grants FY18

The Vice President for Research has announced the internal competition for this program. UVA can submit 10 applications to CHRB. The CHRB has posted guidelines and application materials for the FY 18/19 competition. The Commonwealth Health Research Board [CHRB or Board] was created by Virginia Code §23-278 to provide financial support—in the form of grants, donations, or other assistance— for research efforts having the potential of maximizing human health benefits for the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Research efforts eligible for support by the Board shall include traditional medical and biomedical research relating to the causes and cures of diseases, as well as research related to health services and the delivery of health care. Since its inception, the CHRB has made 192 grant awards totaling almost $15.6 million in grant funding to institutions of higher education and other Virginia not-for-profit or nonprofit organizations that conduct health, or health-related research in Virginia. For a description of past CHRB grant awards and abstracts, visit CHRB makes awards up to $100K/year (direct costs) for two years, and 33% matching funds are required.

Note: matching funds historically have been addressed in CHRB proposals by stating that in lieu of our current F&A, the University will accept CHRB awards with zero F&A. You need not determine an alternate source of matching funds.

Applicants seeking CHRB grant support must submit a Concept Paper. During Step One, the CHRB reviews only Concept Papers submitted in compliance with the CHRBs Grant Guidelines and Application Instructions and Policies and Procedures. It does not respond to general requests for funds or review non-compliant proposal submissions.

The CHRB encourages research projects and investigators that involve factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • Research that maximizes human health benefits for the citizens of Virginia.
  • PIs who are submitting concept papers to CHRB for the first time
  • PIs who are junior faculty.
  • Undergraduate student involvement.
  • Innovative projects.
  • Bridge funding necessary to obtain preliminary data which may be used to obtain funding from other sources.
  • Collaboration among two or more institutions.
  • Leveraging additional funding support from federal or nonprofit organizations.

The Board encourages collaborative efforts among two or more institutions, gives priority to those efforts where Board support can be leveraged to foster contributions from federal agencies or other entities, and supports both new research efforts and the expansion or continuation of existing efforts. The Board considers less favorably proposals that are submitted by PIs with multiple funding awards, unless the CHRB submission is in a new area of research, as well as proposals that are submitted by Emeritus Professors.

CHRB Concept Paper Sponsor Deadline: 15 September, 2017

Instructions for submitting a letter of intent (LOI): To apply, click on View Letter of Intent. You will login to the system using NetBadge. If the PI is submitting the Letter of Intent, the PI’s name and email will already be filled in. If you are submitting the proposal on behalf of the PI, please fill in the PI’s name and email address (use the PI’s UVA ID, not an email alias). Enter the proposal title, the list of participating faculty (name and Department), and a short (no more than 1 paragraph) description of the planned proposal. This information will be used to help develop the internal review panel, if necessary. Letters of Intent must be received by 5:00pm on July 20, 2017.

Faculty submitting LOIs will be contacted regarding an internal competition, if necessary. If a competition is necessary, the internal application will be due on or around August 17, 2017 and must include:

  • A cover page with the title, PI, budget request, matching funds, and a Scientific Project Summary written in a manner which is comprehensible to a lay audience and must be no more than 150 words in length.
  • A concept paper, no more than 5 pages in length (1-inch margins; double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font must be used) that includes:
     Significance
     Approach
     Innovation
     Experience and Qualifications of the Research Team
     Unique Virginia Considerations, Collaboration, and Leverage
     References are included in the 5 page limit
     Disclosure of Conflict of Interest
     Justification for continuation/expansion of an existing project (if applicable)
  • Two-page CVs for the PI and co-PIs.
  • Current and pending grant support for PIs and co-PIs.
  • One-page budget summary (including matching specifics).
  • Endorsement letter from department chair.

Please take careful note of the concept paper specifications and criteria from the CHRB guidelines as you develop you internal proposal package: Please also review CHRB policies:

Limited Submission Process and Review. More information on the limited submission review process can be found here:, and in the documents found therein. To summarize, reviewers for individual limited submission opportunities are drawn from a standing committee of tenured faculty members who are nominated by the Schools and appointed by the VPR. Ad hoc committee members may also be invited to serve on specific panels based on their subject expertise and/or their experience with a particular sponsor or program. The internal review committee provides critical reviews of internal pre-proposals and makes recommendations for the pre-proposals that should go forward for external submission. The VPR office follows the best practice of many foundations and agencies and does not disclose the names of individual reviewers who contribute to a specific review panel. The limited submission team notifies individual internal applicants of their pre-proposal review results via email. The limited submission team notifies the Department, School, and Office of Sponsored Programs of the proposal(s) that will go forward for external submission via email.


Information courtesy of Steven S. Wasserman, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research
University of Virginia School of Medicine
PO Box 800793
McKim Hall, Room 3027
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0793
Tel: (434) 243-7088
Fax: (434) 982-0874

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