The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UVA’s eleven schools and multiple research centers. VPR leads university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. VPR also coordinates the various University units that comprise the research infrastructure, including the acquisition of research funding, the planning and development of academic research space, research commercialization, the incubation of new companies and recruiting of corporate research partners to local research parks, and public outreach.
The first strategy of Pillar 2 of the Cornerstone Plan declares that "The University will leverage current talent and new faculty hiring opportunities to focus research on those intellectual and social challenges where it can have the most impact. As part of this effort, the University will develop several cross-Grounds institutes that address key issues and provide valuable educational opportunities." The first such institute, the Data Science Institute, has successfully engaged faculty and students from multiple schools across the university in its research and educational programs. The Provost now invites individuals, departments, and schools to submit proposals for additional institutes. The selection process will extend through the spring term with a clear process of internal and external reviews. Calendar dates are as follows: October 15, 2015 The "Call" goes out to the UVA community. November 16, 2015 Letters of Intent will be expected on or before this date. December 16, 2015 The announcement of Finalists. February 16, 2016 Full Proposals will be expected on or before this date. May 1, 2016 The announcement of our next Pan-University Institute. Criteria: We seek proposals that take cross-disciplinary, innovative, and comprehensive approaches to major issues facing the world in the 21st century; that build on the strengths of our current faculty and resources, yet will attract new faculty and additional resources; and that have the potential for global impact. Competitive proposals will build research strength that is distinguishing and that has a high potential for follow-on external funding.
Instructions for Full Proposals due March 1, 2016 on UVA Pan University Institutes website: