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I6 Challenge Overview


Virginia Innovation Partnership

U.S. Department of Commerce i6 Challenge Awardee

The Virginia Innovation Partnership (VIP) is a statewide network designed to accelerate innovation and economic growth. One of only seven multi-institution initiatives to win federal funding as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2012 i6 Challenge, the VIP is bringing together universities, community colleges, corporations, investment capital and other resources to drive promising research discoveries forward. In March 2013, VIP announced $860,000 in awards to university projects representing research institutes across the Commonwealth.

"Virginia Innovation Partnership Injects $860,000 Into University Research Projects Statewide"

A statewide network designed to accelerate innovation and economic growth has awarded $861,086 to 18 university research projects across the commonwealth.


The next Request for Proposals will be issued in Fall, 2013. Employees at any academic institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia who are otherwise qualified to serve as principal investigators/project directors on behalf of their institutions are eligible to apply. Investigators that have already formed a company, control the primary IP rights, or have professional management/CEO are not eligible to apply.

Projects should support one of the statewide and local comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) priorities listed below.


Information Technology

Energy Production and Conservation

Environmental Technology and Sustainability

High Performance Manufacturing

Bioengineering and Medical Devices


Modeling and Simulations

Healthcare and Biosciences


Security and Safety

Information Assurance

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