Internal Funding at VUMC

Bridge Funding

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VU departments:  Please contact your department chair or dean's office for guidance.


Current Internal Funding Opportunities

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Pilot Project Funding Opportunities - application due October 31, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Applications are being solicited for support by the American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grant (IRG). These funds are designed to provide seed money to support junior faculty members with an interest in cancer research who do not have external grant support. The ACS defines junior faculty as investigators at the rank of assistant professor or equivalent who are eligible to apply as a principal investigator for grant support from national agencies (e.g., NIH, ACS, NSF). New ACS guidelines allow IRG support to be renewed if the review committee feels that sufficient progress has been made toward the project goals. Eligible investigators must be within six (6) years of their first independent faculty appointment. (See application instructions for additional eligibility criteria.)

Special Interests awards are available for faculty members with an interest in the psychosocial and behavioral aspects of cancer and are encouraged to apply.

Funds are available to faculty from all schools at Vanderbilt University. Individual allocations are limited to a maximum of $30,000. The earliest possible start date and funding period for this award will be December 1, 2016 – November 30, 2017.

  • Deadline for applications is Monday, October 31, 2016 by 5:00 p.m

  • Instructions and application forms can be found on the VICC website and attached to this email. 

  • To submit your application electronically, please submit a single PDF containing all documentation through the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal. A link to the VICC Pilot Project Application Portal can also be found at the top right hand corner of the VICC Funding Opportunities web page.

For further information, please contact Allison Bowen.




Seasonal Internal Funding Opportunities

The National Cancer Institute has awarded Vanderbilt a $4.4 million, five-year grant to fund training for senior fellows and junior faculty for careers in cancer-oriented research. This is a renewal of a current grant program. The goal of the Vanderbilt Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program is to train skilled clinician scientists who can design and implement clinical oncology trial research and lead translational research projects.
The deadline to apply for the grant is Feb. 1, and awards will be announced in April.

$25,000 – $50,000/year for one year
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center regularly solicits applications for pilot funding to support basic, translational, clinical or collaborative cancer research. Pilot funds allow investigators to collect preliminary data to support an application for independent research support through extramural, peer-reviewed funding.

Funding opportunities are provided through the following sources:

Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) [Cancer Center members only]
American Cancer Society - Institutional Research Grant (IRG) [junior investigators only]
SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) in GI Cancer: Pilot Projects
SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) in Breast Cancer: Pilot Projects

Calls for proposals are distributed throughout the year by email, online, and in campus publications. Award amounts and submission deadlines vary.

For more information about the above opportunities, please visit the Cancer Center’s Funding Opportunities page, or email

These awards are an internal funding program available to Vanderbilt University faculty with the intent of supporting innovative pilot studies in serotonin neurobiology. Call for applications: 2015 Conte Pilot Projects.
Up to $20,000 for one year; Investigators may reapply for a second year of funding, if appropriate 
Full application due March 2

Up to $75,000/year (up to 3 years)
This is an internal career development award for faculty researchers pursuing basic, translational, or clinical research projects. Details of this award may be found at:
Survey of intent due January 15
Application due February 16

$10,000 – $25,000/year for 2 years; 4 grants a year total
Applications are solicited for pilot projects to conduct basic, translational, clinical or collaborative research relating to digestive diseases. Applications will be considered in all areas of digestive disease research. Funds will support focused projects from individual investigators and are intended to provide support to collect preliminary data sufficient to support an application for independent research support through traditional NIH mechanisms. Funded projects will range from $10,000 to $25,000 per year. DDRC funding is limited to two years support at a maximum level of $25,000 per year.

$25,000/year for 2 years
Exceptional applicants at the junior faculty level with a high likelihood for progression to extramural funding and a successful career in investigative gastroenterology are eligible to be named as a DDRC Young Investigator. Salary support for such an individual is limited to 24 months and cannot exceed $25,000/year and requires 80% of faculty effort to be focused on research. The deadline for submission of a complete application is listed on the DDRC website.

This competition is open to Vanderbilt Kennedy Center faculty Investigators or Members for conducting pilot projects consistent with the mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center’s mission is to conduct and support collaborative research that investigates fundamental mechanisms of behavioral, cognitive, and brain development and plasticity relevant to developmental disabilities, across the lifespan. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s aims are to better understand children’s development, to prevent and solve developmental problems, and to enable people with developmental disabilities to lead better lives. Due dates for submissions: annually in August

The Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC), and the Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) announce the availability of Pilot and Feasibility Grants in the following areas:

  • Translational or behavioral science research (Type II translational research) related to diabetes or obesity; this grant mechanism is open to junior faculty members, investigators from other fields wishing to bring their expertise to diabetes- or obesity-related research, and investigators currently conducting diabetes-related research who are proposing a new research direction.  For the purpose of this announcement, Type II translation is defined as research focused on translating interventions/ approaches that have clearly demonstrated efficacy into real world health care settings, communities, and populations at risk. Click here for website. 


  • Basic or clinical research related to diabetes, metabolism, or obesity; this grant mechanism is open to junior faculty members, investigators from other fields wishing to bring their expertise to diabetes- or obesity-related research, and investigators currently conducting diabetes-related research who are proposing a new research direction. Click here for website.


  • Diabetes- or obesity-related pilot studies that utilize one of these Vanderbilt resources: VICB High-Throughput Screening Facility, BioVU, or the Mass Spectrometry Research Center; this grant mechanism is open to any Vanderbilt faculty member. Click here for website.


The deadline for application for all three types of Pilot and Feasibility Grants is January 15, 2016. Printed copies of applications may be delivered any time the week of January 18th.  Investigators can apply to one or more funding mechanisms. The monies allocated will be from $30-50,000 per year for 1 to 2 years as decided by the application review panel.  The grant template and additional program information is available at the websites above.

A budget is not submitted until the project is funded.