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Vanderbilt International Research Grants Program

Eligibility and Submission Requirements
Criteria for Evaluation
Key Dates
Category A:  Collaborative Exploratory Grants
Category B: Project Development Grants
For Application Requirements

For 2015-2016 Cover page
Past Recipients
FAQ

Overview

The aims of the International Research Grants Program are to enhance research and educational programs at Vanderbilt University by providing seed funding for selective research collaborations and exchanges with international partners; to promote the academic reputation of Vanderbilt outside of the U.S.; to enhance recruitment of international faculty and students; and to build sustainable institutional partnerships with peer institutions overseas.  The program funds two types of awards: (A) Collaborative Exploratory Grants and (B) Project Development Grants.

Eligibility and Submission Requirements

  • Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members in University Central (College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music , Divinity School, School of Engineering, Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, and Peabody College of Education and Human Development) are eligible to submit proposals.
  • Proposals may involve investigators from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, but the principal investigator must be based in University Central. 
  • Proposals that include support for activities involving graduate students are encouraged.
  • Faculty members currently serving as the principal investigator (PI) on one or more active Vanderbilt International Grants are not eligible to submit another proposal as PI or as co-PI until their current award has been completed and all reporting requirements have been met.
  • Financial need will be considered in making awards.  Each participating faculty member must disclose both active external funding and institutional resources available to the individual. All institutional research-support funds must be disclosed, including start-up funds, endowed-chair funds, annual allocations, fixed-price contract surpluses, and other such sources.
  • Proposals may be submitted to only one category of award (A or B) in a given award cycle.  Unsuccessful proposals may be resubmitted one time.

Criteria for Evaluation

Proposals in both categories will be evaluated by a committee of faculty members from a variety of disciplines. Proposals are evaluated primarily on the basis of the quality of the proposed work.  In addition, proposals must demonstrate strong potential for sustainability. Evidence of sustainability might include (but is not limited to) the existence or likelihood of external funding, other sources of institutional funding, and participation by multiple faculty members at Vanderbilt. Awards are based, in part, on the financial needs of the investigators.  Finally, all proposals must be endorsed by the appropriate academic program and dean. Partnerships involving any peer university or center outside of the U.S. are eligible. 

Key Dates

  • Proposals for both categories are due electronically by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 26, 2015 to Elizabeth Rapisarda at vpria@vanderbilt.edu
  • Awards will be announced in early 2016, with funds available shortly thereafter. 
  • Recipients must submit narrative and financial reports within one month of completion of the grant period.

  Category A:  Collaborative Exploratory Grants
Maximum Award Amount: $10,000

Purpose

Exploratory grants are intended to support individuals or small groups of researchers in their efforts to develop new research collaborations with foreign partners.  Funds may be used to cover travel-related expenses (transportation, housing, and meals) for Vanderbilt researchers to travel abroad or to bring international collaborators to Vanderbilt.  Although these grants are exploratory in nature, it is expected that applicants will have had initial conversations with collaborators, and can demonstrate engagement and early planning on both sides, at the time of submission. Preference will be given to applications that also demonstrate the potential for impact that spans specialties or disciplines. Group applicants may use the funds to organize planning workshops to identify shared research priorities and to map out plans for joint collaboration. It is expected that the budget will be commensurate with the scope of activities proposed and the number of investigators involved.

Restrictions

Funding may be used to cover travel-related expenses, including transportation, housing, and meals. Equipment, honoraria, salary and fringe benefits are not eligible expenses.  Funding cannot be used for conference-related travel. In the case of a Vanderbilt researcher traveling abroad, the traveler (or one of the travelers in the case of multiple researchers) must be the principal investigator listed on the grant application. Visits are limited to a maximum of ten days.  Should the investigators require more time, they will need to seek additional sources of funding. The project period may be no longer than twelve months.

  Category B: Project Development Grants
Maximum Award Amount: $20,000

Purpose

Project Development Grants are intended to fund research beyond the preliminary or exploratory stage.  Such research might have been previously funded by a Collaborative Exploratory Grant or otherwise be in a more advanced stage of development. The goal of these awards is to lay the foundation for an ongoing and sustainable research partnership that includes mobility of faculty and students between the two institutions.  As such, successful candidates must demonstrate interest at both institutions that goes beyond the principal investigators and project outcomes should have long-term impact on the relationship between the institutions. Applicants should be able to propose a detailed research plan, including specific timelines and plans for long term funding to sustain the project. Projects should result in tangible research outcomes, such as joint publications, joint workshops/symposium, patent applications, co-edited anthologies, or other collaboratively produced projects.

 Proposals may request support for collaborators to come to Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt researchers to visit a partner institution, or both, and are intended to cover longer periods of exchange, up to one semester. Multiple visits over the course of a semester or even an academic year would be an acceptable use of the funds.  Visiting faculty members and students will be expected to be directly involved with research projects and participate in the intellectual life of the Vanderbilt community; such engagement might include public lectures by visiting faculty.

Restrictions

Funding may be used to cover transportation, housing, meals, and relevant research expenses. Equipment, honoraria, salary and fringe benefits are not eligible expenses. Funding cannot be used for conference-related travel.  Any expenses unrelated to travel (research-related expenses) are subject to approval by the grants committee.  In the case of a Vanderbilt researcher traveling abroad, the traveler (or one of the travelers in the case of multiple researchers) must be the principal investigator listed on the grant application. Note that matching funds may be used to cover any expenses approved by the source of those funds and are not necessarily subject to the restrictions mentioned above. The project period may be no longer than 18 months.

For Application Requirements - Both Categories click here

For Grants 2015-2016 Cover Page click here

If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Rapisarda at elizabeth.rapisarda@Vanderbilt.Edu