GO Virginia Grant Program Information

University faculty are encouraged to consider opportunities for funding with GO Virginia http://govirginia.org/. This is a state grant program supporting projects leading to higher wage growth, primarily driven by new investments to Virginia. Topics of interest include technology, talent, entrepreneurship, and industrial sites or specialized facilities (e.g. research park infrastructure) driving growth targeted industry sectors. 

The program funds regional grants around the state (generally  in the $100,000-$600,000 range) and multi-regional or statewide projects ($1m and up). The programs require a 1:1 match and substantive industry and local participation. Designated support organizations, such as Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development https://econdev.vt.edu/ can assist investigators in addressing these and other requirements.

Higher Education partnerships with industry are of great interest to the program, but so far few have been submitted. Examples include:

Center for Energy Research and Education Industry Labs – ($300,000 regional grant funds) The project will create a center at Liberty University that is connected to local and regional economic development efforts. These labs will offer regional companies and institutions of higher education the facilities necessary to promote research and development as well as to foster the attraction and retention of the scientific and engineering workforce.

VCU Pharmaceutical Accelerator – ($500,000 regional grants funds) This project will lead to the creation of an advanced manufacturing cluster by commercializing advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and equipment developed through the Medicines for All program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Virginia Digital Shipbuilding Workforce Program – ($647,540 regional grants funds) In this project ODU and Purdue will create a regional and statewide program to train approximately 8,500 future workers – skilled craftsmen, engineers, designers, and IT professionals - to work in the new digital manufacturing environment and will support Hampton Roads’ existing advanced manufacturing and shipbuilding clusters.

Additional information on GO Virginia is available at this link


For questions or assistance in developing proposals please contact John Provo at 540-231-5278 or jprovo@vt.edu