Virginia Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative

The Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to improving the treatment and care of Virginians with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries. Through the establishment of the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund, administered by a governor-appointed Advisory Board, funds are available to Virginia-based organizations, institutions and researchers to address the needs of people with acquired neurotrauma. The Advisory Board disburses CNI funds through a grant application process for research proposals and innovative community-based rehabilitation programs.



    REQUEST FOR APPLICATION #28493: Accepting applications until October 13, 2023 at 4:00 P.M. to solicit sealed applications to establish contracts with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) through competitive negotiation, for translational research or innovative services for people with traumatic spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or both. Submitted applications should seek to expand opportunities for individuals to function as independently as possible in their communities as authorized by the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund Advisory Board under the Code of Virginia § 51.5-179 -180.

    Applicants must be registered in eVA in order to submit an electronic application. Thefollowing are steps to receive instructions on how to submit an electronic application.

    1. Go to
    2. Click on “I Sell To Virginia”
    3. Click on “eVA Vendor Training” and
    4. Click on “Respond to IFBs - RFPs and more”

    If an Applicant needs assistance submitting an electronic response, the Applicant must contact eVA Customer Care at 866-289-7367 or prior to the closing date and time.

  • UPCOMING MEETING: CNI Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for March 15, 2024
    For meeting materials, please visit: Meeting Minutes & Other Documents

  • Exciting Happenings with CNI Grantees
    DARS Vocational Rehabilitation programs have a nationally heard Podcast and the March Podcast includes an interview with Jason Young, Executive Director of Community Brain Injury Services (CBIS) about the CNI grant for research on the efficacy of ClubHouse programs. The part of the interview with one of the ClubHouse members is especially compelling. Click here to listen to the podcast


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Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive, Richmond, VA 23229

Email: Jacole Thomas  (804) 662-7154

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