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Eligibility and Guidelines
- All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible.
- Demonstrate an ability to attract future external funding.
- VUMC-employed faculty may collaborate but funds will only be distributed to the VU principal investigator.
- Proposals that advance research in areas related to race, diversity and inclusivity are invited.
- Proposals that include support for research involving graduate students are encouraged.
- Post-doctoral support is allowed.
- Funds may not be used to support faculty salary.
- Research staff salary, based on proposal justification, is subject to committee approval. Discovery Grant funds are not intended to be permanent sources of support.
- A given faculty member’s participation is limited to two proposal efforts, only one of those as principal investigator.
- Faculty currently serving as principal investigator (PI) or participating co-investigator on one or more active Discovery Grant awards are not eligible to submit (as PI or co-investigator) another Discovery Grant proposal until their current DG award(s) have been completed and all reporting requirements have been met.
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- Awards are based partly on need. As a result, each participating faculty member must disclose both existing external funding (for the most recent five years) and institutional resources available in the form of start-up funds or other discretionary research funds. All institutional research-support funds must be included, including endowed-chair funds, annual allocations, fixed-price contract surpluses, and other such sources.
- For all awards, progress and final reports are required. Year 2 funding is contingent on submission of the Year 1 progress report.
All proposals must be submitted online using InfoReady Review, Vanderbilt's online submissions portal.
Award results are announced in the spring - the date may vary depending on the number of proposals submitted. Funds will be available July 1.
Questions about this program may be directed to Schyler Turrin (615-875-1027, email@example.com).
Information to include in your application:
- Project Title (up to 9 words).
- Category of support.
- Project Summary (up to 150 words).
- Lead faculty name and VUnetID.
- Faculty collaborator names (up to 10) and VUnetID.
- Proposal and detailed description (up to 2,000 words, written for colleagues from a wide range of fields and disciplines).
- Significance of the research/scholarship and its impact on the field, the university and/or the faculty involved (up to 300 words).
- Measures of Success – Provide a general overview of how success will be measured or gauged for the project (up to 500 words).
- Inclusive Excellence – If applicable, provide detail on how the proposed project will advance and embrace inclusive excellence (up to 300 words).
- Budget overview – include anticipated total funding, number of years, funding amount per year, expense categories and justification/explanation.
- Disclosure of lead faculty's current external funding sources.
- Disclosure of lead faculty's current internal funding sources.
- Lead faculty must include citations for their five most recent publications.
- Lead faculty must include all grant support for the last five years, including the following information:
- Project Title
- Funding Agency
- Grant Type
- Investigator Role
- Dates of Funding
- Total Direct Costs
Infrastructure Program proposals must also include facts and/or figures on:
- The proposed facility and its importance.
- Plans for implementation and day to day management of the facility.
- Communities benefiting from its development.
- Plans for its continuation after the expiration of the Discovery Grant award.