Innovation Grants

Creative Campus Innovation Grant Program

2013-2014 Grantees

2012-2013 Grantees

2011-2012 Grantees

2014 Call for Applications

The Curb Center at Vanderbilt is pleased to offer its signature Creative Campus Innovation Grant Program, which provides Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to produce original ideas and harness their creativity as a force for positive social change.

More specifically, our innovation grants fund pilots and projects that—

  • support course and curricular innovations, especially those that integrate media, design, creative problem solving and expression with rigorous disciplinary training;
  • encourage people to challenge assumptions through serendipitous, out-of-the-ordinary encounters and experiences;
  • provoke conversations that bring together unexpected parties and inspire novel approaches to engaging ideas, debates, and problems;
  • illuminate extraordinary and everyday creative lives, highlighting the common creative process that threads through artistic, scientific, engineering, entrepreneurial, and design work;
  • foster creative problem solving and the capacity of faculty, staff, and students to imagine ideas and lead others in making innovations a reality; and
  • create a community of catalysts—faculty, staff, students, and Nashville community members who thrive on making the non-routine happen in their classrooms, research, and work.

2013-2014 Creative Campus Innovation Grantees

The following were chosen from proposals received from faculty, staff, and students, representing nearly all of the colleges and schools at Vanderbilt.

Immigration Deliberations 

Shannon Daniel

Read more about the conversation here


Who Needs Feminism? 

Rory Dicker


Building Bridges: Vanderbilt TV Series 

Ben Gutierrez

First episode available here!


VORTEX, Fantastic Creatures, and Tales 

Mike Holland





Boom Box Bike Intervention 

Mark Hosford

Read more about the project and how to participate.


Point/Line: An Interactive Installation 

Depeng Jin


How to Build a Forest 

Leah Lowe



Stair Steps

Adrienne Outlaw


21st Century Memory & Longing 

Lorri Anne Parker-Danley

click here to see Lori Anne’s current project:  The Identity Sculptures Project


Modernist Visions of Progress 

Vesna Pavlovic





The Kefi Project 

Kion Sawney


Design Day 

Ben Shapiro






David Weintraub