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Re-establishing Research & Teaching

Both VUMC and VU are in Phase 2 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.

Masks for Predocoral Students in Research

The BRET Office has received a second allotment of disposable face masks to distribute to predoctoral students doing their dissertation research in a VUMC-based laboratory. Each student will receive two packs of 50 masks, total. They can be picked up at the BRET Office (340 Light Hall) from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on the following days:

  • Thursday, July 2nd
  • Monday, July 6th
  • Thursday, July 9th
  • Monday, July 13th
  • Thursday, July 16th
  • Monday, July 20th
  • Thursday, July 23rd

Please remember to wear your own personal mask when you pick up your allotment of masks. If you would like to pick up masks for another person in your lab, please bring a signed piece of paper from this person granting you permission to pick up their masks, too. 

VUMC is currently in Phase 2 of Contingency & Continuity Planning [began June 9]
Vanderbilt University is currently in Phase 2 of the Return to Campus plan [began June 8]

Teaching Notices for Faculty

Internal Funding Opportunities

VUMC: Credo, Five Pillar Leader and Elevate Team Awards

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.

VU + VUMC: NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)

This NIH Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career.

VU + VUMC: NIH Director’s COVID-19 Emergency Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)

This NIH Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research without the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. For this call, any relevant area of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 research is welcome, including behavioral/social science research, research on health disparities, novel therapeutics, and others.

VU: 2020 Procter & Gamble Higher Education Grants

Vanderbilt University may submit two applications from each School for the Procter & Gamble Higher Education Grant Program. The program provides support for efforts that will better prepare students for success in business.

VU+VUMC: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Treatment and Outcomes in America: Changing Policies and Systems

The Brown University National Institute of Aging-funded Program Project Grant (PPG), “Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Treatment and Outcomes in America: Changing Policies and Systems,” is issuing an annual call to fund two (2) six-month pilot projects; no-cost extensions to the six-month period may be granted with prior approval. The global theme of the PPG is to conduct health services research that will better inform and improve the care of people living with ADRD and/or their families, with a particular emphasis on investigating how reimbursement and other policy initiatives impact the care of this patient population. The purpose of these grants is to conduct preliminary analyses or exploratory work necessary to prepare for a future grant application to test an intervention for persons living with ADRD as an embedded clinical pragmatic trial.

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: July 15, 2020
  • Eligibility: Only projects that are exempt, category 4 or not human subjects research are within the scope of this solicitation. Examples include quality improvement, program evaluation, or secondary analyses. Examples of the type of pilot work that will be considered include: 1) small-scale testing of the intervention for feasibility of implementation and outcome measurement, 2) development of validation of key measures using existing administrative data or primary data sources, and 3) qualitative work with stakeholders to better inform the structure or content of an intervention.
  • Submit letters of intent to Chantal Lewis.

VU+VUMC: 2021 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award

Vanderbilt anticipates the opportunity to nominate one candidate for the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Award Program. The foundation supports early-career biomedical scholars doing pioneering research on the cure and treatment of diseases in the fields of cancer, immunology, and neuroscience.

VUMC: Stanley Cohen Innovation Fund

The Cohen Fund supports high-risk, ground-breaking research with the potential to open new fields of scientific inquiry and biomedical impact. Initial awards will be up to $100,000 (direct costs), with possibility for a second year of funding, pending adequate progress.   

  • Due: July 31, 2020
  • Eligibility: Applicants should be tenured or tenure-track faculty from a School of Medicine department. They must be nominated by their Department Chair and only one nomination will be accepted from each department.
  • Apply by submitting requested documents to See Office of Research page for details.

VU+VUMC: 2020 Greenwall Faculty Scholars

VU and VUMC (combined) may select one applicant for the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics. These three-year career development awards (covering 50% salary) enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research that goes beyond current work in bioethics and whose research will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research or clinical practice.

  • Due: August 6, 2020
  • Eligibility: Applicants must hold a faculty appointment that allows at least 50% of their effort to perform research. Priority will be given to 1) applicants who have not yet been considered for tenure, 2) who have not received a comparable career development award, and 3) whose work will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research or clinical practice.
  • Apply by submitting requested documents to See Office of Research page for details.

VU+VUMC: 2021 Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars

Vanderbilt (VU+VUMC, collaboratively) may nominate one candidate for the 2021 Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars Fellowship Award. These awards are transitional post-doctoral awards for recipients as they advance to full-time faculty at the assistant professor level or higher. The two-year award provides funds for the scholar’s salary, lab costs and related expenses.

  • Due: August 13, 2020
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be a postdoc in the neurosciences who 1) has completed at least three years as of July 1, 2020, 2) is appointed in the School of Medicine, and 3) holds an MD and/or PhD.
  • Apply by submitting requested documents to See Office of Research page for details.

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.


VICTR Funding Resource Requests

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.

Faculty and Staff Hardship Fund

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.

School & Childcare

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

VUMC Hotel Stay Program

Rooms available for employees working with VUMC patients for $10 per night.

Well-being Resources during COVID-19

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 (Fall 2020) – 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 October 1, 2020

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

Office of Health Equity

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.

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

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