Internal Funding at VUMC

Bridge Funding

VUMC departments:  For more information, download the Bridge Funding guidelines (VUnet login required).

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


Other Internal Funding

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for 2016 Tennessee CFAR Developmental Core Awards

(Letter of Intent Deadline has been extended to August 1, 2016; Application Deadline is September 2, 2016) 

The Tennessee Center For AIDS Research (CFAR) is requesting applications for CFAR Developmental Core Awards. These awards are intended to support studies for short periods of time (~1 year) to develop preliminary data for highly competitive extramural research applications.

The highest priority of this program is to support:

This program may also support:

  • Established investigators who are new to HIV research and have not previously received independent research awards such as an R01 in HIV/AIDS.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Emerging research opportunities.
  • HIV research activities of newly recruited faculty.

See more details at this link:


Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease (VCKD) Pilot and Feasibility Proposals

The VCKD has funds for use in supporting pilot studies commencing July 1, 2015.  The deadline for submission is March 30, 2015.  Grants will be reviewed by a committee with internal members.  For more information, click here.


Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Pilot Project Funding Opportunities
$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


Cancer Training Grants
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.


Core Center in Molecular Toxicology pilot projects
All faculty in the University are eligible (including any research-track faculty eligible to submit other grants for external funding)
1 year project period with a possible second year of funding
Up to $40,000 per year
LOI due November 15
Full application due January 15


Conte Center Pilot Project Grants
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


VUMC Faculty Research Scholars
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


Digestive Disease Research Center (DDRC) Pilot & Feasibility Project Funding Opportunity
$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.


DDRC Young Investigator
$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.


Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Award Program
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

Pilot and Feasibility Grants for Research Related to Diabetes and Obesity
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.