CI2 Research Program Application and Selection Information

Applications for the CI2 Program for 2024-2025 are due by August 15, 2024.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for the program include:

  • Commitment to and aptitude for an academic research career
  • Prior research success
  • A demonstrated aptitude for excellence in research and/or service
  • Identification of an appropriate project

Application Process

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must complete the following requirements:

  • Candidate's CV (in Vanderbilt format)
  • A project title, summary and a two-to-three-page description of the project (details noted below)

Project Summary: Title and Summary Information
Provide the following information specific to the proposed project.

  • Project Title
  • Requested Funding Amount and Spending Plan (Budgets are up to $20,000)
  • Proposed Start Date (Plan for September Start)
  • Duration (9 months)

Project Description (2-3 pages):
All project proposals should concisely describe the project, the motivating problem, the innovative idea and the work needed to accomplish the project's goals. Please use some of the following questions as a guide when describing the project: 

  • What is the problem motivating this work? 
  • What is the innovative idea? 
    • How does the idea challenge conventional thinking and/or contribute new ideas to science? 
    • How might the idea contribute to a larger vision for VUMC and healthcare's future? 
    • Is the project high-risk, high-reward? Why? 
  • What hypotheses do you plan to test for the innovative idea and how will you test them? 
  • Which cycle of work are you proposing (concept development, proof of concept, prototyping, usability testing)? 
    • What preliminary work, interviews, data collection/analyses, prototyping are needed to get started? 
    • What data will be collected and analyzed as part of the project? 
    • What artifacts, software, tools, prototypes or tools will be developed as part of this project? 
    • What roadblocks or bottlenecks do you expect to limit project progress? 
    • Are specific VUMC resources required? 
    • What publications do you expect to come from this project? 
  • How would you use the funds during the project? Why is this funding source the 'right' source? 
  • What do you see as the next step if this cycle of work is successful? 
  • If your project is unsuccessful, what might we learn from your exploration? 

All application materials should be submitted to:

Daniel Fabbri, PhD, FAMIA
Director of Informatics Innovation
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Computer Science