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VT Faculty Activity Support Team

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The Virginia Tech Faculty Activity Support Team (VT-FAST) is a virtual team of faculty and staff across campus. We support faculty in all aspects of proposal development and can provide some limited support post award.

Services range from a quick review of a single-investigator proposal to several team members providing support over an extended period for large, complex proposals. Our goal is to enable the faculty to focus on the science, while we help to complete many of the accessory documents and ensure that the proposal is the best that it can be. 

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We provide a broad range of services, and we encourage principal investigators to work with us to help define the services that they need.  Services can include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying opportunities
  • Developing budgets
  • Developing, collecting, and formatting support materials (i.e., biosketches, current and pending, collaborators and other affiliations, letters of support/commitment, data tables, etc.
  • Graphics
  • Data management plans
  • Compliance review
  • Review and Editing
  • Completing required forms
  • Uploading documents for submission (i.e., Summit, Cayuse,, etc.)

For larger proposals we can also provide:

  • Strategic planning and consulting (research intelligence)
  • Proposal management
  • Red Team Reviewing
  • External reviews

Post Award help includes:

  • Manuscript editing
  • Talks and posters

Additional information may be found by contacting Janet Webster at or 540-231-9546.