Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center
Pilot and Feasibility Funding Program 2020-2021


To support new research directions, the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center (VMAC) requests applications for interdisciplinary pilot and feasibility projects related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. 

All Center faculty investigators, new and established, are encouraged to submit applications. Awards will range anywhere from $5,000 to $50,000 based on project needs. 

Proposals will be judged based on scientific merit and likelihood for success, including the probability that successful completion of the pilot or feasibility project will lead to new extramural funding opportunities. Collaborative projects from two or more investigators across Schools and Colleges are strongly encouraged, especially projects that engage faculty investigators from the College of Arts and Science and the School of Medicine Basic Sciences. The number of awarded projects is subject to the availability of funds and receipt of sufficient meritorious applications. 

Application Requirements

(a)    a two-page scientific proposal with specific aims and research strategy, which should emphasize the project’s innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and how the project will lead to future extramural funding opportunities; 
(b)    bibliography;
(c)    NIH biosketches for all participating investigators;
(d)    budget (please note, funds cannot be used to support faculty salaries);
(e)    budget justification. 

Interested applicants can access the application portal here: 

Key Dates

Deadline: November 30th, 2020
Award Notification: December 31st, 2020
Funding Period: January 1st to June 30th, 2021

Please contact Dr. Angela Jefferson ( with any questions.