Limited funding opportunity – Jeffress Trust Awards Program FY19

October 11, 2018 by School of Medicine Webmaster

The VP for Research has announced the launch of the Jeffress Trust Awards Program FY2019 internal submission competition. UVA has been invited to nominate four candidates for the new Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research. Up to twelve one-year $100,000 awards will be made to independent investigators within seven years of their initial faculty appointment in nonprofit academic or research institutions in the state of Virginia.

PI eligibility.

  • Must be full-time faculty at a nonprofit academic or research institution in Virginia;
  • Are within seven years of their first faculty appointment as of the funding start date (i.e., will have received this appointment on or between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2019);
  • Faculty from medical schools may not apply as Principal Investigators; however, they are encouraged to collaborate as Co-Investigators;
  • United States citizenship is not required.

The research areas that are currently eligible for Jeffress support include astronomy, biosciences, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, material science, mathematics and physics. Currently, research in social, economic and behavioral sciences, including psychology, are outside the scope of Jeffress funding.

See this link for guideline details (note: this is last year’s guidelines; 2018-2019 guidelines will be posted by the sponsor by the end of October):

Some portion of the award must be used to support undergraduate research.

Instructions for submitting the Letter of Intent:

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. An individual may only submit one Letter of Intent. To submit proposals on behalf of multiple applicants, please email for assistance. Letters of Intent must be received by 5PM October 25, 2018.

Faculty submitting LOIs will be contacted regarding an internal competition, if necessary. Should a competition be required, the internal application will be due on November 20, 2018 and must include the following:

  1. Chair’s nomination letter
  2. 300-word research project summary and 200-word non-technical summary
  3. Up to 4-page research plan (references do not count toward the space limit), which should describe:
    • Project’s scientific merit, impact and innovation exploiting computational and quantitative strategies
    • Qualifications of applicant and Co- investigators (if applicable) to carry out the proposed research
    • Research objectives, methodology, plans for data collection and data analyses, and supportive mathematical models
    • Plans for Undergraduate Student Research opportunities; n.b.: some portion of the award must be used to support undergraduate research.
  1. 1-page budget summary; brief justifications may be included if needed

External proposal deadline (Must be submitted both online and a hard copy by mail):

  • Online application deadline has not yet been determined, but is expected to be on or around Friday, January 11, 2019 (by 12:00 Noon EST)
  • Mailed hard copy must be received by: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (5:00 p.m.)

An individual may only submit one application; please do not submit your proposal package until your final version is ready. If you submit a version of your proposal that is not your final version, or if you need to submit proposals on behalf of multiple applicants, you will need to email for assistance.

Limited Submission Alerts, Process, and Review

To sign up for direct email alerts for all limited submission opportunities, send an email to with the word subscribe as the only word in the Subject heading (do not use capital letters or other punctuation in the Subject heading).

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.


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