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- Re-establishing Research & Teaching – current guidance
- Internal Funding Opportunities
- Public School Opening & Fall Planning
Re-establishing Research & Teaching
Both VUMC and VU are in Phase II+ of re-opening research. Guidance varies some in specific details, such as lab occupancy targets. If your team includes investigators, students, or trainees from both, it is key to adhere to whichever guidance is more strict.
Research personnel returning to campus as part of Vanderbilt University’s 4-Phase Research Ramp-up must complete the COVID-19 Return to Campus Acknowledgement.
VUMC is currently in Phase 2 of Contingency & Continuity Planning [began June 9]
- “Wet-lab research teams should work with their VUMC Department leadership to stagger the start of research.”
- “Note: for PIs who are mentoring VU graduate students, follow VU guidance for capacity maximums.”
- Lab Operation Ramp-up Guidelines (PDF) [August2020]
- Memo: Research Enterprise Transition to Phase 2 (PDF) [6/9/2020]
- Updated Guidance for VUMC Non-clinical Functions [6/9/2020]
- VICTR COVID-19 Guidance for the Vanderbilt Research Community (FAQs) [4/23/20]
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Employees and Patients
Vanderbilt University is currently in Phase 2+ of the Return to Campus plan [August 3]
- Community Messages highlights periodic updates to Return to Campus Plan.
- VU Research Ramp-Up of On-Campus Research Activities [8/17/2020]
- Research may expand. Updated ramp-up plans may be submitted by lab PIs.
Notices for Teaching Faculty
- VU COVID-19 Dashboard [8/17/2020]
- Shows positive cases among on-campus community members
- Daily Monitoring of Student Symptoms [8/10/2020]
- Faculty Fall Planning [7/06/2020]
- How to request accommodations and make course delivery decisions
- Faculty Town Hall Q&A list of answers [6/24/2020]
- Video annotations also found in Edge for Scholars Video Vault
- A Message for Faculty on the Return to Campus Plan [6/16/2020]
- Also outlines safety protocols for in-person teaching.
Internal Funding Opportunities
The Credo Award, the Five Pillar Leader Award and the Elevate Team Award are given to honor those who consistently live VUMC values and reflect VUMC culture of service. The three awards are given quarterly.
- Internal Deadline: Open; reviewed quarterly
- Credo Award: To recognize individuals who consistently demonstrate exceptional credo behavior. $500 and an Elevate gift bag.
- Five Pillar Leader Award: To recognize exceptional leaders who consistently model a balanced approach to leadership. An engraved award, $500, and an Elevate gift bag.
- Elevate Team Award: To recognize the efforts of two or more people linked to a common purpose. Up to $100 per person up to $1000 total to be spent on an approved recognition event or activity.
Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core – Partnership Development and Community Engaged Research Grants
The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core invites proposals for activities that promote on-going, mutually beneficial, health-oriented research partnerships between community organizations and academic researchers. Both academic and community partners are expected to contribute to the development of the proposal. Applicants may propose a community-engaged research project or a capacity building project that enables the partners to pursue an identified research agenda. The long-term goals of the research partnerships supported by mini-grants should be on or more of the following: to improve community health outcomes, increase access to health and health-related services, enhance quality and effectiveness of health interventions, and/or inform future health policy.
- Letter of Intent Due: October 2, 2020
- Info Sessions (must attend one): September 8, 9-10 AM; September 5, 4-5 PM; September 16, 12-1 PM
- Two types of awards are available:
–Partnership Development Grants: Up to $2,500 to support the development and strengthening of community -academic partnerships.
–Community-Engaged Research Grants: Up to $10,000 to enable community-academic research partnerships to undertake pilot research activities.
Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center – Pilot Project Funding
The Pilot and Feasibility Project Program (P/F) is designed to provide Vanderbilt investigators the opportunity to explore hypotheses related to digestive diseases with the ultimate goal being acquisition of external funding. Awards will be made for 1 year for approximately $40,000. There will also be opportunity for a competitive renewal.
- Letter of Intent Due: October 5, 2020
- Application Due: November 20, 2020
- Three categories of investigator are eligible:
- N – Young investigators without current or past NIH support as the PI of an R01 or P01 project. Trainees in their last year of T32 or F32 are eligible. Applicants must have a faculty appointment at the time that the Award would start.
- EN – Established, funded investigators transitioning into a digestive-disease related problem.
- E – Established investigators in digestive diseases exploring a significant departure from their funded work.
VU/VUMC – Moore Inventor Fellows
VU and VUMC (combined) may nominate up to two candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellows competition. The Moore Foundation supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care. Guidelines and FAQs linked here.
- Due: October 15, 2020
- Funding: $675,000 (plus $50,000 per year from home institution)
- Project Period: 3 years
- Eligibility: 1) Must be within 10 years of receiving advanced terminal degree (M.S., Ph.D. or M.D.); 2) Must be faculty, research scientist, postdoc, or other full-time staff; 3) May come from a broad array of disciplines.
- Internal Review: Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s nominees must submit required information (PDF format) to LSO@vanderbilt.edu.
Vanderbilt/Emory/Cornell/Duke – VECD Global Health Fellowship
The purpose of this program is to provide mentored global health research training opportunities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) for pre- and post-doctoral candidates from the U.S. and LMICs. The program is sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Multiple training sites are available through the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Consortium.
- Application Due: November 2, 2020
- Eligibility: Postdoctoral trainees within three years of their last major training (i.e., degree program, residency, fellowship) or advanced doctoral students currently enrolled in health-related doctoral programs.
- Webinar: An optional webinar for more information will take place on September 22 at 8 AM Central Time. Register here.
The Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund was established in 1994 to financially assist Vanderbilt faculty and staff who are experiencing a temporary hardship due to a significant life event. An award is intended to be a major step for the employee in the return to financial stability.
Vanderbilt has convened a working group to assess needs and make contingency plans for back-up childcare in response to daycare and school reopening procedures. Feedback is solicited from faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate/professional students by completing this form.
The VUMC Office of Health Equity offers a wide variety of resources on their page, including a library of papers, webinars, toolkits, and a new Anti-Racism Hub.
The university has launched an updated web portal to help inform students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and staff of key equity, diversity and inclusion resources and activities.
The “Inclusion at Vanderbilt” web portal will highlight the latest work being done to fulfill the enhanced equity, diversity and inclusion goals announced on July 1, 2020.
Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) Funding Program provides pilot funding for hypothesis driven human research, as well as access to the Clinical Research Center. VICTR’s priorities are to support studies that impact clinical care and research methodologies, support students and trainees, and provide access to funds to generate pilot and preliminary data for external grant submissions.
- VICTR Funding Overview webinars (zoom): second Monday of the month, 10:00-11:00am CT. No registration required. Zoom information on event page.
- Sign up for Individual Clinics or Group Training sessions
Rooms available for employees working with VUMC patients for $10 per night.
Faculty & Staff Health and Wellness offers information and resources for staying informed, safe, and resilient during the pandemic. “Wellcasts” are also posted for listening.
COVID-19: Back to Campus (2020-2021) – training
CITI Program and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offer a complimentary course with an overview of COVID-19, prevention strategies, recommended laboratory practices, and points to consider as students, staff, and faculty move forward to a return to activities and operations within medical school and research institution settings.
Free through March 1, 2021
The course was made possible by the contributions of several academic organizations and includes presenters from the following institutions:
- University of Maryland School of Medicine
- University of North Texas Health Sciences Center
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Yale University
- Northwestern University
All of Us Program Invites Researchers to Test New Researcher Workbench
This early version of the Researcher Workbench includes data from nearly 225,000 participants, 75% of whom are from communities that are historically underrepresented in research, and more than 45% of diverse races and ethnicities. Researchers will find information from electronic health records; six initial surveys covering demographics, lifestyle factors, and overall health; and baseline physical measurements taken by program staff. Note that researchers will need experience with R or Python programming languages to conduct analyses on the current version of the platform.
Public School Opening & Fall Planning
Metro Nashville Public Schools
- [8/25/2020] – Schools will be virtual through October 12 for most students.
- Back to School Central
- Back to School: FAQs