Small Grants Program

The primary purpose of the VYTP Small Grants Program is to expand the network of researchers conducting studies on the causes and prevention of youth tobacco use in Virginia. In particular, this initiative is intended to:

  • Attract new faculty scholars to work on problems of youth smoking,
  • Encourage multi-university collaborations, and
  • Stimulate pilot studies that can be used to attract additional outside funding.

for Research on the Causes and Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use

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 biophysiology 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 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 would like the RFA and forms to submit an application (or just have further questions), please contact Alison Breland, co-principal investigator, Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects, at (804) 628-2300 or

This research was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54DA036105 and the Center for Tobacco Products of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of the NIH or the FDA.