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Seeding Success Grant

The Seeding Success Grant is designed to support work with external sponsorship potential and facilitate faculty scholarship and endeavors through course buyouts. The grant program was created to reach across schools, departments and disciplines.

Watch the Internal Faculty Funding Town Hall from March 11 that covers new funding programs.

Available Tracks
Fund Uses
Funding Availability
Eligibility
Review Process
Key Dates
Application Requirements
FAQ
Contact

Available Tracks

There are two funding tracks:

  • Seed opportunity to support work with strong potential for productivity and/or or external sponsorship potential. This program is designed to support new projects and not intended to act as a bridge mechanism. 
  • Facilitates research, scholarship and creative expression by supporting course buyouts.

Fund Uses

  • The seed opportunity track may be used for
    • capital expenses,
    • hiring a postdoc,
    • graduate student wages, stipends, fees,
    • term limited consultants or skilled workers such as a web programmer or survey developer,
    • travel,
    • materials/supplies,
    • and CORES.

Funding Availability

  • Project funding is up to $60,000/year for up to two years, with larger amounts considered if proposal warrants and program budget allows.
  • Faculty may request $35,000 for a course buyout.

Eligibility

  • All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible.
  • Faculty may submit up to one proposal per year as lead faculty.
  • Applicants are encouraged to consider how their proposal advances inclusive excellence.
  • Project funding cannot support faculty salary.
  • Faculty are not eligible to submit another proposal until all reporting requirements have been met.
  • Awards are based partly on need. As a result, each participating faculty member must disclose institutional resources available in the form of start-up funds or other discretionary research funds. All institutional research-support funds must be noted, including endowed-chair funds, annual allocations and other such sources.
  • All funds must be used within the fiscal year for which the funding is awarded (i.e. no carry forward).

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed once per semester. The twice annual deadline will provide increased flexibility for faculty to leverage their funding. Proposals will be due within the first month of the semester.

Key Dates

Application and review processes will launch on April 2, 2021, with a deadline of May 3, 2021. Funding will be available on July 1, 2021.

Application Requirements

Track 1: Seed Funds

Applicant Information

  • Lead Faculty First Name
  • Lead Faculty Last Name
  • Lead Faculty VUnetID
  • Lead Faculty Department
  • Lead Faculty Appointment Title
  • Collaborators (up to 4 faculty)

Proposal Information

  • Proposal Title
  • Project Summary (150 words)
  • Project Proposal and detailed description of work to be completed. Review project timeline and how funds will be used (2,000 words)
  • Significance and impact of the work/scholarship on the field, the university and/or the faculty involved; what future works, events, activities etc. would be targeted or made possible by completing the proposed project (500 words)
  • For requests targeting future external sponsorship: if awarded, to what external agency or sponsor will you apply for continued funding (150 words)
  • Disclosure of current internal funding sources for all faculty involved, including source and amount. Each participating faculty member must disclose all institutional research-support funds, including endowed-chair funds, annual allocations and other such sources. If none, please put N/A
  • Total funding requested
  • Number of years of funding
  • Total funding requested for Y1 (please note unspent funds are not available to carry forward to the next year)
  • Total funding requested for Y2

Uploads

  • Detailed Budget
  • Scholarship and Sponsorship Information
    • Faculty must upload a document that includes their five most recent publications or works
    • If applicable, faculty must upload all external sponsorship for the last five years, including the following information:
  1. Project Title
  2. Sponsoring Group/Agency
  3. Grant or Award Type
  4. Role
  5. Dates of Funding
  6. Total Award
  • Optional Supporting Image Attachment

Attachments are only for images or graphics that cannot be included in the program description text box.

NOTE: Additional written content, PDF or file versions of your proposal will not be reviewed.

Track 2: Course Buyout Funds

Applicant Information

  • Lead Faculty First Name
  • Lead Faculty Last Name
  • Lead Faculty VUnetID
  • Lead Faculty Department
  • Lead Faculty Appointment Title

Proposal Information

  • Proposal Title
  • Summary of project or planned activities (150 words)
  • Proposal and detailed description of work to be progressed via the course buyout (2,000 words)
  • Significance and impact of the work/scholarship/activity on the field, the university and/or the faculty (300) words
  • Note the anticipated key outcomes (300 words)
  • Disclosure of current internal funding sources, including source and amount. All institutional research-support funds must be included, including endowed-chair funds, start-up funds, annual allocations and other such sources. If none, please put NA.

Uploads

  • Optional Supporting Image Attachment

Attachments are only for images or graphics that cannot be included in the program description text box.

NOTE: Additional written content, PDF or file versions of your proposal will not be reviewed.

FAQs

Contact

For more information about the program or the proposal process:

Schyler Turrin
Project and Program Manager
schyler.b.turrin@vanderbilt.edu
(615) 875-1027

Annie Hornung
Program Coordinator
anne.m.hornung@vanderbilt.edu
(615) 343-1074

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