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Resources for Funding, Research, and Grant Assistance

Vanderbilt provides a variety of resources to assist clinical and translational researchers. The following list outlines some of the resources used by MSCI trainees:

Funding Assistance

Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH)

Assists junior faculty members engaging in clinical research in any area relevant to women’s health with an emphasis on sex and gender factors.


Vanderbilt Clinical Oncology Career Research Development Program (VCORCDP)

Provides support to residents, fellows and junior faculty in the Divisions of Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Surgical Oncology and the Department of Radiation Oncology.


Conducting Child Health Research in Vulnerable Populations Training Program, Department of Pediatrics

This training program has as its long term objective to provide interdisciplinary career development for pediatric physician-scientists who will become the future leaders in child health research in vulnerable populations. The program identifies qualified trainees at the end of residency or early in fellowship training, and provides a two-year interdisciplinary research experience (with an optional third year) in the laboratory of a qualified mentor with adequate resources and ready access to populations of vulnerable children. The research training is integrated with didactic coursework through the Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Master of Public Health programs and an applied skills practicum in conducting research in vulnerable populations. Contact: Dr. William Cooper, (615) 936-2082.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Links to assist with grant awards for fellowship training (F series) or career development (K series).


Research Assistance

Edge for Scholars

A portal of resources for junior faculty and fellowship level trainees who are committed to a career in clinical investigation.


The Editor’s Club

A free editorial service to enhance written scientific communication.


Office of Research

List of shared resources/research core facilities, from those serving small groups of investigators to those supporting all VUMC researchers.


Office of Research Support Services

Consultants provide guidance in study organization, IRB navigation, training, protocol development, preparation of study-related documents, funding and contractual agreements, and overall program advisory. The office sponsors periodic workshops.


Clinical Research Boot Camp training workshops


Institutional Review Board

University IRB website


CRC Research Skills Workshop Series

Weekly workshops offer basic instruction and practical advice on commonly encountered clinical research topics.


Department of Biostatistics Clinics

The Department of Biostatistics offers assistance with experimental design, study design, data analysis, data display, statistical computing, and interpretation of results.


Center for Science Communication

The Center for Science Communication at Vanderbilt aims both to help authors of basic biomedical research publish better papers in better journals and to help potential editors gain experience and improve their skills. Weekly clinics combine a workshop approach with consultation on attendees’ drafts. The clinics offer an opportunity both to learn new approaches to writing and presenting and to get advice on issues specific to communication of your work. Each clinic will include a brief presentation/discussion on a specific topic; the calendar will rotate through topics related to publishing, grant writing, figure design, and presentations. The session will then open up to address attendees’ concerns, whether related to that session’s topic or their own work. For those interested in applying the ideas discussed in the session, an exercise will be planned; those who want feedback or suggestions on their drafts may confer with other participants or the CSC’s consultants. No advance registration is required.


Office of Faculty Affairs

The Office of Faculty Affairs oversees and promotes data-driven initiatives to improve faculty recruitment, development, promotion and retention. The Office administers many faculty funding initiatives derived from the Academic Strategic Plan, including Chancellor Faculty Fellows and Provost Research Studios. Faculty development events such as Faculty Insights are co-sponsored jointly with the Office for Inclusive Excellence


Women on Track

The overall mission of “Women on Track” is three-fold:

  • To promote the retention and advancement of tenure track women faculty in medical science.
  • To provide mentorship, support, and career education for junior faculty women.
  • To construct a framework from which to attract and retain talented women from the house staff and post-doctoral levels of our organization.


Poster Printing

Poster printing services are available for MSCI trainees through BRET Poster Printing Services. Please submit poster printing requests through

BRET Poster Printing Services: Light Hall 307



Interactive system provides tools to identify resources, find experts, access templates for research preparation and study conduct, obtain database development software, learn about educational requirements and opportunities, and receive help with research application and approval processes.



Links to the Office of Research Informatics and REDCap.


Survey Research Shared Resource

Provides services to Vanderbilt investigators related to development and implementation of mail, telephone, web and mixed mode surveys.


Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)

The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) offers a variety of resources to investigators and research teams. VICTR is supported by personnel from VICTR administration who are available to assist you with your VICTR applications, answer questions about VICTR resources available to you, and guide you through the StarBRITE website.


Grant Assistance

Office of Sponsored Programs

Offers a variety of services to facilitate, promote, and support VUMC investigators in research and sponsored activities.


Clinical and Translational Scientist Development Resources

Links to assist with grant writing and management.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Links to assist with grant awards for fellowship training (F-series) or career development (K-series).