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Small Grants for University Researchers

August 20, 2018
Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects 
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the Small Grants Program for Research on the Causes and Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use

Please assist us in this effort by distributing this request for applications (RFA) to appropriate faculty at your university or college.If you are affiliated with a community-based prevention program, I encourage you to use this as an opportunity to explore a possible collaboration with a local public university/college.

The Small Grants Program is an initiative of the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects (VYTP), a multi-university collaboration coordinated by the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The VYTP was established to advance the prevention and treatment of youth tobacco use and nicotine dependence through an integrated program of basic and applied research. With core funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY), the VYTP is implementing several initiatives to enhance Virginia’s efforts to learn more about the causes and prevention of youth tobacco use, such as this small grants program.

The purpose of this announcement is to stimulate new research into the causes, prevention and treatment of youth tobacco use and nicotine dependence, particularly research that involves collaborative arrangements across Virginia’s universities. Proposals are invited that cover the broad spectrum of methods and approaches related to increasing our understanding and improving the prevention of youth tobacco use, including basic research into the bio-physiology of youth tobacco use and nicotine addiction, the development of new measures, the epidemiology of youth tobacco use, clinical trials of new interventions, effectiveness studies of promising interventions, and studies of the most effective methods for disseminating science-based programs. Of particular importance are studies leading to effective preventive programs and policies to reduce youth tobacco use in Virginia. Specific priorities for research topics are identified in the RFA.

A total of $120,000 is available for this program. It is anticipated that four awards will be made, with each award not exceeding $30,000.Awards will be for a maximum of 18 months.

Applications are open to all public universities and colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia and are due by November 6, 2018. If you have any questions about this RFA, please contact Dr. Alison Breland, Co-Principal Investigator, Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects, at (804) 628-2300 or