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Discovery Grants

The Discovery Grant program is one of the primary ways Vanderbilt invests in advancing core disciplines, thereby strengthening the scholarly profile of the university. The program is designed to serve as a catalyst for significant external funding sources — supporting new ideas, cutting-edge research and the development of infrastructure. The Discovery Grant program provides a springboard to make possible external grants that will be more attractive to large federal funding agencies such as the NSF, NIH, DoD, etc. All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible.




For more information about the program or the proposal process:

Schyler Turrin
Project and Program Manager
(615) 875-1027

Annie Hornung
Program Coordinator

Key Dates

  • Application portal opens:
    Dec. 9, 2019
  • Proposals due:
    Feb. 10, 2020
  • Award announcements:
    May 2020
  • Funds available:
    July 1, 2020