Limited and External Funding Opportunity Announcements

 

Active Internal Calls for Limited Submission Nominations 


NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

Internal applications due October 18th 

DEADLINE EXTENDED to November 1st

VUMC may submit up to 3 proposals for the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program, which supports either the acquisition or development of a single shared research instrument for inter- and/or intra-organizational use. The MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The program does not fund research projects or provide ongoing support for operating or maintaining facilities or centers. VUMC is limited to 3 total submissions across two tracks: 

  • Acquisition proposals (Track 1; $100,000-$4 million over 3 years): The Acquisition track is for the purchase or upgrade of a shared, major, state-of-the-art instrument that requires little or no modification. 
  • Development proposals (Track 2; $100,000-$4 million over 5 years): The Development track supports the development of the next generation of major instrumentation, resulting in a new type of instrument that is more widely used, and/or opens up new areas of research and research training.  Note that the MRI program welcomes substantive and meaningful partnerships for instrument development between the academic and private sectors.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For either track, Cost-sharing of precisely 30% of the total project cost is required! Inclusion of voluntary committed cost-sharing is prohibited.

Internal Proposal Process

Anyone interested in being considered to submit one of VUMC’s proposals must submit the following (in a single PDF) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017:

  • Brief (2 page maximum) project description including summary budget
  • Brief statement of support from department chair/center director including a department or center commitment to the REQUIRED 30% cost-sharing
  • CV or NIH Biosketch

Please review the solicitation, the FAQs, and the previously awarded projects for more information regarding the program. Following the internal process, the full proposal is due to NSF by January 10, 2018. Any questions about this opportunity may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu.


2018 Mallinckrodt Scholars Program

Internal applications due October 23rd 

Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC, collaboratively) is anticipating the opportunity to nominate two candidates for the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr Foundation Scholar Award Program. The Foundation supports early stage investigators engaged in biomedical research that has the potential to significantly advance the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of disease. This award typically provides $400,000 over four years in order to move a project forward to the point where other independent funding can be obtained.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree
  • In 5th to 8th year of a tenure-track position
  • Candidates may have an R01

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s potential nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5:00 p.m. on October 23, 2017. 

  • Brief (2 page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
  • Brief statement of support from department chair/center director;
  • Brief CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. All applicants should verify their eligibility in advance through the foundation website.

All proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that chooses the final nominee. The chosen nominee will submit a full proposal to the foundation in January 2018.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to LSO@vanderbilt.edu.


2018 David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program- The Dana Foundation

Internal applications due November 9th 

Vanderbilt anticipates the opportunity to nominate one candidate for the 2018 David Mahoney Neuroimaging Program. Funds support pilot-testing by investigators, who are early in their research careers, to enable them to pursue promising, high-risk, and innovative ideas that have a direct clinical application. This award provides $200,000 over three years for projects aimed at improving human brain and brain-immune functioning to promote health, and prevent and treat disease.

To be considered for funding, submitted proposals should focus on imaging in patients or patient tissues, and healthy volunteers. Applications for animal model studies of brain conditions or injuries will be considered only if they relate directly to humans but cannot yet feasibly be undertaken in humans, and are anticipated to be translated into human research following the three-year grant period. For additional information, please access last year’s call until the 2018 guidelines are posted.

Eligibility:

Eligible investigators should be at the assistant professor level or in the first few years of their associate professor appointment and not have received more than one independent research grant (R01 from the NIH or equivalent from another Federal agency).

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu  by 5 p.m. on November 9, 2017

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan with the following 5 sections:
    • I. Hypothesis
    • II. Aims: What disease(s), disorder(s) or injuries would be better understood, diagnosed, or treated? Or, what normal brain function or brain-immune interaction would be better understood? Or, what imaging technology would be refined and for what specific purposes? Such technology development or modification aims need to be accompanied by initial evidence of the project’s feasibility
    • III. Research significance and potential clinical application(s) of the research.
    • IV. Methods: the research design, tests and analyses proposed to develop the pilot data. If enrollment of human participants is planned, please provide preliminary evidence that the number required can be recruited from the participating institution(s).
    • V. The qualifications of the primary investigator(s) for undertaking the proposed research. What facilities and resources at the applicant institution(s) would be used in the research? Please provide evidence that required technologies would be available for this project.
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director
  3. A brief CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. 

Please contact us at LSO@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions about the program, foundation, or internal review process.


2018 Clinical Investigator Award- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Internal applications due November 9th 

Vanderbilt may nominate five candidates for the 2018 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award. The award supports independent young physician-scientists conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. The goal is to support the best young physician-scientists doing work aimed at improving the practice of cancer medicine.  The Clinical Investigator Award program is specifically intended to provide outstanding young physicians with the resources and training structure essential to becoming successful clinical investigators, capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient’s bedside in search of breakthrough treatments. The award provides $450,000 over three years, and the foundation will retire up to $100,000 of medical school debt owed by the awardee

Eligibility:

  • Must have received an MD or MD/PhD degree(s) from an accredited institution, completed his/her subspecialty training and be U.S. board-eligible.
  • Must hold a valid, active U.S. medical license at the time of application.
  • Must apply within the first 4 years of initial full faculty appointment (cut-off July 2014). Adjunct or acting positions are not eligible.
  • Candidates holding or awarded R01s at the time of application are not eligible. There are several other awards (e.g. AACR, HHMI) that cannot be held concurrently. See Foundation Website.
  • Must be affiliated with VUMC and/or VICC. (Contact us if you are interested but do not meet this requirement.)
  • There are additional key requirements that you must review on the Foundation Website

Guidelines for Selection:

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5 p.m. on November 9, 2017.

  1. Brief (2 page maximum) research plan- no budget required;
  2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director;
  3. A brief CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. Please include a statement within the email that the candidate has reviewed the eligibility requirements on the Foundation website, as well as the name of your proposed mentor.

After review by the internal selection committee, the chosen nominee(s) will submit a full proposal to the Foundation by the February 1, 2018 deadline.

Please contact us at LSO@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions about the program, foundation, or internal review process.


2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

Internal applications due November 16th 

Vanderbilt University may nominate one faculty member in the Chemical Sciences for the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program.  The Chemical Sciences include chemistry, biochemistry, materials chemistry, and chemical engineering. The program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers who demonstrate leadership in research and education.  The nomination should describe dedication and contributions to education in the chemical sciences, particularly with respect to undergraduates. The program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000 over 5 years.

A list of past award recipients can be found here.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must hold full-time tenure-track academic appointment
  • Must be appointed no earlier than mid-year 2012
  • May be re-nominated

Interested faculty should visit https://vanderbilt.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1763988 to submit an application for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity.  The deadline for the internal competition is November 16, 2017.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to VU-LSO@vanderbilt.edu


2018 Moore Inventor Fellows

Internal applications due November 16th 

Vanderbilt anticipates the opportunity to nominate up to 2 candidates for the 2018 Moore Inventor Fellows competition.  The Moore Foundation aims to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work or advance an existing prototype that tackles an importation problem in the areas of scientific research, environmental conservation, or patient care. Each fellow will receive a total of $675,000 over three years

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be within 10 years of receiving advanced terminal degree (M.S., Ph.D., or M.D.)
  • Must be faculty, research scientists, postdocs, or other full-time staff.
  • May come from a broad array of disciplines, including, but not limited, to environmental science and conservation, oceanography, biology, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, neurosciences, public health, rehabilitation sciences and gerontology.

Inventors will be evaluated by their demonstrated creative potential and technical ability for the proposed line of work.  Inventions will be evaluated based on their importance in the area of interest, the need for funding to achieve rapid success, and the plausibility of achieving stated impact. See the list of previous recipients.

Guidelines for Selection:

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu by 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2017

  • Statement of invention (no more than two pages, including citations; single-spaced, 12-point font and one-inch margins). The first paragraph should describe clearly and without jargon the invention, the problem it seeks to address, and its potential impact. The statement of invention should also include the following information: 
  1. Description of invention 
  2. Importance in the area of science, environmental conservation, or patient care and experience 
  3. Stage of invention 
  4. Current funding 
  5. Feasibility 
  6. Approach for measuring progress during the grant term 
  • Budget narrative that outlines how grant funds will be used (1 page)
  • CV of nominee (2 pages)

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email. 

Please contact us at LSO@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions about the program, foundation, or internal review process.

 


Active Internal Calls for NON-Limited External Nominations 


Featured opportunity

2018 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award

Pre-proposals due December 1st 

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Jenny Alexander (VUMCDEV Corporate & Foundation Relations, jenny.alexander@vumc.org) for assistance with proposal development.


BrightFocus Foundation Alzheimer's Disease Research Grants

Applications due October 18, 2017

The BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) awards grants for basic research on the causes of and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. This Standard Award falls within the Alzheimer’s Disease Research (ADR) program. The BrightFocus programs are designed to provide initial funding for highly innovative experimental ideas, including interdisciplinary investigations that may apply to two or three of the BrightFocus disease interests.

Award details

The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Standard Award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.

Award Amount: $300,000
Duration: 3 years

Although preliminary data is required for all awards, BrightFocus considers its awards as “pilot funding”. BrightFocus prefers to fund innovative proposals for which there are few alternative sources of funding, and to support the ability of investigators to generate the data needed to receive governmental or other third-party funding after the expiration of the BrightFocus award. BrightFocus’ awards, therefore, are biased towards junior investigators with new laboratories and projects, or more established investigators with particularly innovative projects.

Eligibility details

PI must be a tenure- or non-tenure track investigator of any career stage who is appropriately trained to lead an independent research study
Postdoctoral Fellows are not eligible to serve as PI for Alzheimer's Disease Research (ADR) Standard Awards
Investigators who are part of a laboratory with a current award in the same program are ineligible for concurrent awards in that program. However, it is permissible to have two concurrent awards in separate disease programs (e.g., Alzheimer's Disease Research and Macular Degeneration Research). There is no restriction on collaborators or consultants holding awards.

A full application should be submitted through the BrightFocus SmartSimple portal by October 18, 2017. Additional information can be found on the BrightFocus grants page.

If you have questions or if you plan to submit multiple applications from the same lab, please contact Amy Martinez (615-875-0740), Program Manager in the Office of Research.


BrightFocus Foundation National Glaucoma Research Grants

Due date: November 7, 2017

The BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) awards grants for basic research on the causes of and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. The BrightFocus programs are designed to provide initial funding for highly innovative experimental ideas, including interdisciplinary investigations that may apply to two or three of the BrightFocus disease interests. This Standard Award falls within the National Glaucoma Research (NGR) program.

Award details

The National Glaucoma Research award provides significant funding for researchers who have already generated some amount of preliminary data, but are often required to demonstrate additional, significant progress before they can apply to governmental or industrial funding agencies.

  • Award Amount: $150,000
  • Duration: 2 years

Although preliminary data is required for all awards, BrightFocus considers its awards as “pilot funding”. BrightFocus prefers to fund innovative proposals for which there are few alternative sources of funding, and to support the ability of investigators to generate the data needed to receive governmental or other third-party funding after the expiration of the BrightFocus award. BrightFocus’ awards, therefore, are biased towards junior investigators with new laboratories and projects, or more established investigators with particularly innovative projects.

Eligibility details

  • PI must be a tenure- or non-tenure track investigator of any career stage who is appropriately trained to lead an independent research study
  • Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible to serve as a CO-PI for National Glaucoma Research (NGR) Standard Awards
  • Investigators who are part of a laboratory with a current award in the same program are ineligible for concurrent awards in that program. However, it is permissible to have two concurrent awards in separate disease programs (e.g., National Glaucoma Research and Macular Degeneration Research). There is no restriction on collaborators or consultants holding awards.

A full application should be submitted through the BrightFocus SmartSimple portal by November 7, 2017. Additional information can be found on the BrightFocus grants page.

If you have questions or if you plan to submit multiple applications from the same lab, please contact Amy Martinez (615-875-0740), Program Manager in the Office of Research.


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Grant Opportunities

Multiple opportunity types

LOIs due October 31st

Addressing Disparities (priority topic) – Cycle 3 2017 -  Identifying potential differences in prevention, diagnosis, or treatment effectiveness, or preferred clinical outcomes across patient populations and the healthcare required to achieve best outcomes in each population. (https://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/announcement/addressing-disp...)

Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options (priority topic) – Cycle 3 2017 - Comparing the effectiveness and safety of alternative prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options to see which ones work best for different people with a particular health problem. (https://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/announcement/assessment-of-o...)

Communication and Dissemination Research (priority topic) – Cycle 3 2017 – Comparing approaches to providing comparative effectiveness research information, empowering people to ask for and use the information, and supporting shared decision making between patients and their providers. (https://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/announcement/communication-a...)

Improving Healthcare Systems (priority topic)  – Cycle 3 2017 - Comparing health system–level approaches to improving access, supporting patient self-care, innovative use of health information technology, coordinating care for complex conditions, and deploying workforce effectively. (https://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/announcement/improving-healt...)

Conducting PCOR (priority topic) – Cycle 3 2017 -  Improving the nation’s capacity to conduct patient-centered outcomes research, by building data infrastructure, improving analytic methods, and training researchers, patients, and other stakeholders to participate in this research. (https://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/announcement/improving-metho...)

Dissemination and Implementation of PCORI – Fund Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results – Cycle 3 2017 (https://www.pcori.org/funding-opportunities/announcement/limited-pcori-f...


Agilent Early Career Professor Award

Applications due February 28, 2018

2018 Focus: Contributions to the development and advancement of techniques and approaches for the study of the human microbiome, microbiome-host interactions and interaction between individual microbiome components.

Selection Criteria

Significant original research contributions enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world

Outstanding potential for future research

Alignment with the 2018 Focus: Contributions to the development and advancement of techniques and approaches for the study of the human microbiome, microbiome-host interactions and interaction between individual microbiome components"

Professor (see FAQ) completed Ph.D. (residency in case of M.D.'s or M.D.- Ph.D.'s) not earlier than January 2008.