Limited and External Funding Opportunities

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Active Internal Calls for Limited Submission Nominations 

Internal review process required to choose institutional nominees

Limited Submission Eligibility Guidelines

The following tags serve as a guide for submission instructions.

Vanderbilt (VU + VUMC)

  • VU and VUMC submit collaboratively to this LSO. ALL investigators should follow the guidelines posted on this site.


  • VU and VUMC submit separately to this LSO. VUMC investigators should follow the guidelines posted on this site. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to


  • High-profile or prestigious awards of particular interest to Vanderbilt investigators


2019 J&J WiSTEM2D Scholars Program


Internal Applications due August 14th


The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program is a new program that aims to fuel the development of female STEM²D leaders and feed the STEM2D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the STEM2D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design. VUMC anticipates the opportunity to nominate one applicant per each STEM²D discipline, for a total of 6 applicant submissions. The goal is to fuel the research passion of the awarded women and inspire career paths in their respective STEM²D fields. The award is $150,000 over three years.  


  1. Candidate must be a non-tenured female professor at the time of application. ("The Scholars Program is open to non-tenured females who are in Associate or Assistant Professor / Lecturer or Senior Lecturer" positions.) See FAQ for additional details. 
  2. The female scholar should have the following minimum degree for the appropriate field:
  • Science; PhD
  • Technology; PhD
  • Engineering; PhD
  • Math; MS, PhD
  • Manufacturing; PhD
  • Design; MA, MS, MDes, MArch, MLA, PhD

Internal Review Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on August 14, 2018:

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director;
  3. NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name and applicable STEM discipline(s) in the subject line of the email.

VentureWell Faculty Grants for programs in STEM entrepreneurship

Vanderbilt (VU + VUMC)

Internal Applications due September 3rd 

Vanderbilt can submit 2 proposals for the VentureWell Faculty Grants Program. The program supports the creation of new or transformation of existing courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market. The grant will provide $30,000 (overhead not allowed) for a duration of 1-3 years.  

Focus Areas include:

  • General (technology-based) entrepreneurship
  • New materials
  • Clean tech/renewable energy innovation
  • Technologies that address poverty alleviation and basic human needs
  • Tech-based entrepreneurship led by women and other underrepresented populations
  • Biomedical and healthcare innovation

Previously successful faculty grant proposals include these elements:

  • A focus on technology entrepreneurship.
  • Experiential learning by doing, and creative pedagogical approaches to solving real world problems.
  • The formation of student teams focused on technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship with a positive social/environmental impact. An intention to encourage the best teams to apply to the VentureWell E-Team program.
  • A supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem for the most promising student teams to pursue commercialization beyond the proposed course/program.
  • A plan for continuation (and financial sustainability) of the course or program post-VentureWell funding.
  • If the program focus is outside the campus community or outside the US, a local partner must be identified.
  • VentureWell welcomes proposals that are multidisciplinary in nature (this is not required as we understand that each campus is different).A simple work plan/table that outlines major milestones during the grant period.

Interested faculty should visit to apply for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity.  The deadline for the internal competition is Monday, September 3, 2018.



Active Calls for NON-Limited External Opportunities 

Internal review process NOT required- Submit directly to Sponsor

Department of Defense Epilepsy Research Program

Pre-applications due July 26 and September 20, 2018 (Two award mechanisms available.)

Department of Defense Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Program

Pre-announcement is released. Due date will be announced when official Program Announcement is released.

AAAS 2019 Awards & Prizes Honoring Excellence in Science

Multiple award mechanisms available with due dates between August 1 and 15, 2018

Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program

Career Development Award letters of intent due August 28th 

NIH National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Genomic Innovator Award (R35)

Letters of intent due September 15th