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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 Biomedical Training Grants Managed by BRET
List of Biomedical Training Grants Not Managed by BRET

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 12 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 tables and other components; these are dependent if the application is processed by Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Getting this information can be challenging, working together with a knowledgeable team can make the process relatively painless.

Vanderbilt University Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Predoctoral Only Tables 1 through 8A Tables 1 through 8A
Postdoctoral Only

Tables 3, 4, and 6B
(Institutional Tables)

Tables 3, 4, and 6B
(Institutional Tables)

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral All tables (1-8A/B) All tables (1-8A/B)

For more information on NIH Grants Data Tables, please visit the NIH’s website on data tables.

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.

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 here.

Applications where predoctoral positions are being requested will route and be submitted by staff in the BRET Office.

BRET Training Grant Text & Information

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:

  • Compilation and submission of competing renewals
  • IACUC & IRB umbrella approvals
  • Progress report submissions
  • Collecting nominations for new trainees
  • Sending out offer letters for the T32s
  • XTrain appointments and terminations
  • Tracking student status with T32 requirements
  • Completing Benefit Action Forms (BAFs)
  • Processing payback agreements for postdocs
  • Work with BRET HCM team to process stipends and student account payments
  • Activities of the T32s (journal clubs, meetings, retreats, etc.)
  • Travel arrangements for visiting speakers
  • Financial Reconciliations


Roger Chalkley, DPhil

Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research Education and Training
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Ted Gilbert

Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration

Training Grant Development & Support Specialists

Marlin Avila-Andino, MBA

Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

Marlin manages the following T32 grants:

  • Molecular Biophysics Training Grant at Vanderbilt  (PI: Walter Chazin)
  • Microenvironmental Influences in Cancer (PI: Jin Chen)
  • Training Program in Environmental Toxicology  (PI: Fred Guengerich)
  • Vanderbilt Hypertension and Blood Pressure Regulation Program (PI: David Harrison)
  • Teaching Exemplary Predoctoral Researcher in Language and Literacy (TRILL), (PI: C. Melanie Schuele)
  • Cardiovascular Mechanisms: Training in Investigation (PI: Joshua Beckman)

Paula Hemphill

Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

Paula manages the following T32 grants:

  • 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)
  • Immunological Mechanisms of Disease Training Program (PI: Jeffrey Rathmell and Amy Major)

Leslie Osing

Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

Leslie manages the following T32 grants:

  • Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant ( PI: Gary Sulikowski)
  • Chemical Biology of Infectious Diseases Training Program (CBID)  (PI: Eric Skaar)
  • Training Program on Genetic Variation and Human Phenotypes (PI: David Samuels)
  • Training Program in Quantitative Ocular Genomics (PI: Milam Brantley)
  • Multidisciplinary Training in Molecular Endocrinology (PI: Richard O’Brien)

Chad B. Smith

Training Grant Development & Support Specialist

Chad manages the following T32 grants:

  • Biochemical and Chemical Training for Cancer Research (PI: Scott Hiebert)
  • 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: William Tansey)
  • Interdisciplinary Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease (PI: Angela Jefferson)