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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.



  • UPCOMING MEETING: CNI Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for March 17, 2023
    For meeting materials, please visit: Meeting Minutes & Other Documents
    Agenda and related documents will be posted by March 3, 2023

  • CLOSED: CNI RFA #262-23-077 Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund, Option B: Community-Based Rehabilitative Programs and Services. For the development, expansion, evaluation, or improvement of community-based rehabilitative programs and services for people with traumatic spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or both.
    While the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative (CNI) Trust Fund Board accepts all proposals meeting the general guidelines and regulations contained in the RFP, it will prioritize proposals that address health equity for individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, whole health wellness for individuals with spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, or innovative practices that increase competitive integrated employment for individuals with brain injury. Closes: 09/30/2022, 4:00PM
    Link to CNI RFA #262-23-077

  • AWARDED: CNI RFP for clinical or translational research that increases the understanding of the mechanisms of neurotrauma recovery or enhances care to improve short- and long-term outcomes for individuals from the Commonwealth of Virginia with traumatic spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or both.
    Read about the grant details here

  • 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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