Small Grants Program

The Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects is pleased to announce the fifth round of applications for the Small Grants Program for Research on the Causes and Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use. Please see the  request for applications (RFA), application form, and budget form.

The Small Grant Program is an initiative of the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects (VYTP), a multi-university collaboration coordinated by the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS), 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. The specific goals of the VYTP are to:

  • Build a statewide program of research on the causes and prevention of youth tobacco use;
  • Translate research findings into improved prevention efforts;
  • Attract new faculty scholars to work on problems of youth smoking;
  • Use VFHY funding as a base for attracting additional outside funding for youth tobacco research in Virginia; and,
  • Help to coordinate VFHY tobacco addiction research.

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 $55,000 is available for this program. It is anticipated that two awards will be made with an average award amount of approximately $27,500. 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 April 22, 2013. If you have any questions about this RFA, please contact Dr. J. Randy Koch, Executive Director of the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at (804) 828-8633 or