Valley Research Partnership: A Research Collaboration and Training Program

Formerly the Research Development and Partnering Initiative

General Information


The Research Office administrates the Valley Research Partnership (VRP) which funds collaborative grants from participating institutions across the Phoenix area, including primarily the college and the various hospital systems. It provides an important funding stream for projects prior to seeking national funding both for trainees and for faculty investigators. It also provides an important mechanism for aspiring investigators to learn about proposal development and scientific review. 

If you would like to be notified when the next request for proposals is released, please add your information to the VRP contact list.

Project Mechanisms

There are three funding mechanisms for the Collaborative Research Program:

  • P1a – Collaborative Medical Student/Resident/Fellow Projects (up to $5,000 over one or two years).
  • P1b – Collaborative Medical Student/Resident/Fellow Projects (up to $10,000 over one or two years).
  • P2 – Collaborative Projects ($50,000 over one or two years).

VRP Investigator Lists

Please refer to the lists of potentially eligible investigators below.

*Final eligibility is determined by each VRP Partner.

Round 4 Guidelines and Timeline

Key P1 and P2 Dates:

  • Request for Proposals (RFP) issued December 19, 2018.
  • P1a and b and P2 applications are now closed; the deadline for submission was March 1, 2019.
  • Peer review – spring 2019.
  • Executive Review and Joint Funding Committee decisions – spring 2019.
  • Awards announced – June 2019.
  • Earliest anticipated awards – July 1, 2019.

Round 4 Guidelines (PDF) – Amended February 14, 2019

Forms – Please refer to the guidelines for eligibility information and application requirements and please use the required templates below when writing the proposal:

Questions may be addressed to:
Casey Sapio
Research Office
UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Phone: 602-827-3630