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Research Studios

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The UVA Brain Institute, in collaboration with the Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (THRIV), seeks proposals for research studios to enhance and refine the conduct of cutting-edge neuroscience research at UVA.

A research studio is a new opportunity at UVA that brings together relevant research experts from diverse academic disciplines to provide feedback on a specific project or area of research to an individual investigator or project team.

These sessions, which are based on a model from the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) Center, may be useful in refining hypotheses and research questions, providing review and feedback of study designs, research methods and grant proposals and in ensuring the most effective and efficient approaches to successful study implementation.  

The following types of studios are available by request:

  • Hypothesis generation studio - Generate clear, concise, meaningful, and innovative research questions and hypotheses that will ultimately lead to funded, executed, productive projects
  • Study design studio - Develop improved research protocols to address, as effectively as possible, the specific research hypotheses
  • Grant review studio - Assists investigators by reviewing a grant application or resubmission to enhance the chance of funding; examines the scope of the specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies, and the research design/methods to make the application more competitive

Studio Format

A 90 minute consultation with a panel of three to five selected experts from varied disciplines:

  • Investigator presents brief summary (15 minutes)
  • Focused discussion of proposal or grant (40-50 minutes)
  • Studio panelists provide summarized comments (15-20 minutes)

Following the session, the investigator will receive a brief summary from the discussion for ongoing reference.  Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please email if you have any questions. To request a research studio, complete the online application below.