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REAL Challenge Awards

2022-23 awards

VCU REAL invites proposals that directly address one or more of the following objectives:

  • To engage students in interdisciplinary learning experiences that involve team-based learning, mentoring, and guided reflection
  • To involve students in undergraduate research experiences that incorporate guided reflection and mentorship
  • To support student participation in community or place-based experiences that advance students’ intercultural competence and sense of global citizenship
  • To provide structured work-based learning experiences incorporating guided reflection and mentoring through academically-linked internships, co-ops, or jobs
  • To develop embedded experiential learning pathways that support students’ progress towards industry-recognized credentials as a part of their baccalaureate or graduate studies

Additional guidance and instruction can be found on the 2022-23 REAL Challenge Grant RFP

How to apply for a REAL Challenge Awards

To submit a proposal for a 2022-23 REAL Challenge Awards, following the below steps:

  1. Review the 2022-23 REAL Challenge Grant RFP
  2. Download and complete the REAL Challenge Awards spreadsheet (which you'll be asked to upload as part of your application)
  3. Complete our REAL Challenge Awards application


Proposals are due:

  • July 1, 2022 for projects that will be implemented in Fall 2022. Awardees will be notified on or by August 1, 2022
  • September 15, 2022 for projects implemented in Spring or Summer 2023. Awardees will be notified on or by October 1, 2022

For questions about the REAL Challenge Awards, please contact us at

Previous recipients

To see examples of previous REAL Challenge Awards funded projects, select an academic year below:

About the REAL Challenge Awards

The REAL Challenge Awards provide funding for projects that support faculty, programs, departments as they seek ways to mitigate obstacles and increase access to high impact experiential learning opportunities both in and beyond the classroom. The outcomes from these awards have the potential to not only transform the student learning experience but also transform future trajectories and re-write the narrative for many of our students.