Entering its third year as part of the university’s $50 million strategic investment in interdisciplinary research, Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) are a centerpiece of the Academic Strategic Plan. The program is designed to serve as a catalyst to support new ideas, cutting-edge research and the development of infrastructure by providing pilot funds for emerging and existing trans-institutional centers and institutes. Awards are also made to reinvest in existing trans-institutional centers and institutes. The grants are meant to seed and expand research and teaching collaborations across disciplines, solve critical problems, embrace discovery and spark learning to position Vanderbilt as a world leader in a given area.
The TIPs Council, which was a recommendation of the Academic Strategic Plan, facilitates the development and support of new trans-institutional efforts. The council works to identify ambitious, innovative and inspiring proposals that address society’s most pressing problems as well as the criteria by which they will be selected for investment. To assist the council in its decisions, the Chancellor established three review panels made up of a cross-section of faculty across Vanderbilt's schools and colleges. To view the TIPs Council and Review Panels, click HERE.
Vanderbilt is currently accepting TIPs proposal applications online via InfoReady Review, a web-based platform that will streamline the proposal submission and review process, and allow for more systematic feedback to applicants. To submit an application, click HERE. The pre-proposal deadline is Monday, Nov. 28, 2016.