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MMS Booster Grants

Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt Booster Grants 2017-2018

The Program for Music, Mind & Society (MMS) at Vanderbilt calls for Proposals for “MMS Booster Grants” to spark the accelerated development and progress of music-related research at Vanderbilt. This funding opportunity, made possible by the renewal of the Program’s TIPs grant, aims to enhance ongoing lines of research in any topic of relevance to the trans-institutional interdisciplinary music research mission of Music, Mind & Society. To make headway into understanding the biological and societal underpinnings of music, the blending of knowledge and expertise from a diversity of disciplines (including but not limited to Neuroscience, Psychology, Communication Sciences, Medicine, Education, Music Performance, Music Pedagogy, Genetics, Sociology, and Engineering) is crucial. Vanderbilt’s strong interdisciplinary emphasis, coupled with its Nashville location and broad array of interests in music-related research and education, provides us with a unique opportunity to become an international leader in music research. Music can be harnessed to answer fundamental questions about the human brain, advance medical research and treatment, improve K-12 education, create trans-institutional immersive student opportunities, and forge stronger bonds with Nashville’s vibrant arts community.

Types of fundable projects for MMS Booster grants include, but are not limited to, the following: adding music-related paradigms to existing larger studies, bridge funding to complete ongoing music intervention studies, additional analysis of existing data, or piloting new high-impact experimental paradigms within the context of ongoing research. Any Vanderbilt faculty may serve as the project PI, and collaborations across departments and with community partners are encouraged. Students and postdocs may be named as Co-Investigators where applicable. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director in advance of the deadline for suggestions on using this opportunity to forge new cross-campus collaborative relationships and for related guidance on planning projects that can be successfully completed in a short timeline (9 months) and will yield impactful preliminary data. Proposals that have a high probability of yielding extramural funding within one year will be favored.

These small pilot grants will be awarded through a competitive process at the start of Fall 2017 semester. Projects that include trainee research experience (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral) will be prioritized, and due to the short timeline, individual trainees that will be supported must be named (“TBN” not allowed). The MMS Steering Committee will review the proposals and make funding decisions (Steering Committee members are not eligible to be a PI on these proposals). Awardees will be expected to participate actively in the Program for Music, Mind & Society (e.g., attending at least one MMS event per semester, presenting at the annual Symposium or Scientific Salon, providing updated content regarding their project/personnel for the MMS website. Investigators are welcome to propose additional forms of MMS involvement.)

Key dates

Applications due: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 5pm. Complete the attached template and save the proposal to a pdf file. Late proposals and proposals that do not follow the guidelines will not be reviewed. Submit proposal pdf’s to by the deadline.

Awardees will be notified by August 29, 2017.

Funding period is September 1, 2017- June 30, 2018. Mid-project progress reports will be due in February, with final reports due in June.

Proposal template is provided below. If you have questions about the preparation of your submission, please contact Dr. Reyna Gordon at reyna.gordon@vanderbilt.ed

MMS booster grant proposal info and template