Virginia Agricultural Council pre-proposals

A pre-proposal system has been approved by the Virginia Agricultural Council (VAC) that is designed to streamline proposal preparation and review. Pre-proposals will be screened by VAC members and selected investigators invited to submit full proposals for further consideration. Although an invitation to submit a full proposal does not guarantee funding, the prescreening process will increase the chances of approval for the invited projects and save investigators from preparing proposals for projects that are considered unsuitable for support.

The VAC Council will divide pre-proposals into commodity groups and members from the Council have been appointed, based on their expertise, to review and evaluate pre-proposals within each group.

Pre-proposals must be submitted electronically using the Virginia Agricultural Council Pre-proposal Form. Text must be single-spaced, 12-point font, and should address the following:

  • Objectives: What are the scientific objectives of the proposed project?
  • Approach: What methods will be used to accomplish the objectives?
  • Justification: What impact will the proposed research have on Virginia agriculture? Include cost benefit.

In the space below the text box, include the investigator name(s), project duration, and total budget request. Also, check the appropriate block for which commodity group your project should be classified.

Pre-proposals must be electronically submitted to don.ayers@vdacs.virginia.gov by Nov. 15, 2014.

Applicants will be notified as to the status of their pre-proposals by Dec. 31, 2014, and selected investigators will be invited to submit full proposals by the Feb. 28, 2015 deadline.

Tips for submitting pre-proposals:

  • Avoid jargon: Be mindful that the shorthand technological terms you use everyday may be unfamiliar to the reviewers.
  • Be realistic: Do not overstate the importance of the project.
  • Have a layman read it: Make sure someone outside of your discipline can understand what you want to do and how you plan to do it.
  • There should be only one pre-proposal per PI.
  •  It should not exceed three pages.
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