Training Grant Support

Training grant support from the BRET Office consists of two components.  First, we offer substantial support for the application process (competitive renewal or submission of an entirely new application), and second, we are able to support the management of the grant itself after an award has been made.

List of All Biomedical Training Grants at VU and VUMC

1).  A new or renewing application.

We strongly recommend that any faculty member considering applying for training grant support first contact the BRET Office with at least eight weeks of advanced notice to arrange a pre-writing meeting.  This meeting will allow for a discussion of the goals of the training grant, as well as a discussion of details of support that the BRET Office can provide for the application.

The BRET Office can supply critical support in three areas. 

(1) Once a faculty roster has been defined, the office will assist in the preparation of the eight  tables and their various components.  Getting this information together independently can be a major challenge, and working with a knowledgeable team can make this component of the application be relatively painless. 

(2) The BRET office website has a substantial amount of text which is available for use in the construction of additional documentation of university activities in the areas of RCR training, minority recruiting, facilities information, and student recruiting activities in general.

BRET Training Grant Text & Information 

(3) We are happy to help in a constructive review of the proposal once early versions are made available.

Finally the BRET Office tries hard to keep up with any and all changes in the application regulations and requirements, and will make this information available to the PI of a developing application. Details of current NIH expectations can be found at

Staff in the BRET Office can help in preparing the application for routing and then final submission.


2).  Management Support for an Ongoing Training grant.

The BRET Office T32 coordinators work closely with the training grant director to help manage the day-to-day routine activities of the program. Specific areas of support are listed below.

T32 Coordinators' Responsibilities:

  • Activities of the T32s (journal clubs, meetings, retreats, etc)
  • All XTrain appointments and terminations
  • IACUC & IRB umbrella approvals
  • Progress report submissions
  • Processing payback agreements for postdocs
  • Sending out offer letters for the T32s
  • Tracking student status with T32 requirements
  • Completing Stipend, GAFs, and BAFs
  • Collecting nominations for new trainees
  • Travel arrangements for visiting speakers
  • Final Stipend, BAF, and GAF Paperwork
  • Financial Reconciliations


Training Grant Development & Support Specialists

  • Marlin Avila-Andino, MBA

    Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

    Marlin manages the following T32 grants:

    • Training Program in Environmental Toxicology  (PI: Aaron Bowman)
    • Molecular Biophysics Training Grant at Vanderbilt  (PI: Walter Chazin)
    • Microenvironmental Influences in Cancer (PI: Jin Chen)
    • Teaching Exemplary Predoctoral Researcher in Language and Literacy (TRILL), (PI: C. Melanie Schuele)
    • Cardiovascular Mechanisms:  Training in Investigation (PI: Thomas Wang)

  • Kandi Granberry

    Training Grant Development and Support Specialist

    Kandi manages the following T32 grants:

    • Biochemical and Chemical Training for Cancer Research (PI: Scott Hiebert)
    • Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in Biomedical Imaging Science  (PI: John Gore)
    • Postdoctoral Program in Functional Neurogenomics (PI: Roger Colbran)
    • Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences Training Program  (PI: James Patton)
    • Training Program in Developmental Biology (PI: Chris Wright)
    • Integrated Biological Systems Training in Oncology (PI: Steve Hann)

  • Paula Hemphill

    Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

    Paula manages the following T32 grants:

    • Postdoctoral Training in CNS Drug Discovery Research (PI: Jeff Conn)
    • Vanderbilt Biomedical Informatics Training Program (PI: Cynthia Gadd)
    • Training in Fundamental Neuroscience (PI: Danny Winder)

    • Training in Pharmacological Sciences (PI: Joey V. Barnett)
    • BIDS: Vanderbilt Training Program in Big Biomedical Data Science (PI: Bradley Malin)
    • Interdisciplinary Training in Rheumatic Diseases (PI: James Thomas)