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Arts & Humanities Rapid Response Micro-Grant Program


ArtsThis new micro-grant funding program is designed to enhance and advance the arts and humanities at Vanderbilt. Specifically, it aims to provide faculty the ability to seize opportunities and carry out new collaborations, ventures, projects or outreach.

This funding mechanism is intended to support either time-sensitive projects or projects that are not conducive to current funding models such as Research Scholar Grants, Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) or Discovery Grants.

All full-time, Provost-reporting faculty are eligible to apply, either individually or as a group.

committee will review the proposals and make recommendations for funding. Proposals will be accepted and funded on a rolling basis. Funds will be available through June 30, 2019.

Fund Uses

  • Collaboration and Collaboration Planning  Support groups of faculty beginning or testing a collaboration for a shared interest; funding for opportunities to meet with collaborators, presenting work, trainings etc.
  • New Projects  Support for new, creative and innovative projects, may include performances, master classes, conferences, workshops, seminars, visit from outsiders.
  • Arts and Humanities Outreach – Support for public ventures, covering costs for travel, lodging, promotion and materials.

Award Amount (up to $5,000)

  • Requests in excess of $5,000 will be considered based on need and available funds; modest proposals are encouraged to ensure the greatest number of projects are able to be supported.
  • Requests for funding will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed monthly by a Provost-appointed faculty committee.

Note: Projects with longer planning horizons and larger budget needs should be submitted to Trans-Institutional Programs, Research Scholar Grants or Discovery Grants. A full list of funding programs can be found here.

Eligibility and Funding Guidelines

  1. All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible. Non-tenure track faculty must obtain approval from their dean.
  2. Faculty may submit up to one proposal per year as lead faculty.
  3. Applicants are encouraged to consider how their proposal advances inclusive excellence.
  4. Funds may not be used to support faculty salary.
  5. Faculty who received Arts & Humanities Rapid Response Micro-Grant funding are not eligible to submit another proposal for this project (as lead faculty) until their current award is complete and all reporting requirements have been met.
  6. 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. 
  7. All funds must be used within the fiscal year for which the funding is awarded (i.e. no carry forward).

Proposal Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted online using InfoReady Review, Vanderbilt's online submissions portal.

  • Project title (less than 9 words)
  • Summary - brief review of proposed project for use in promotional materials (50 words max)
  • Detailed proposal (750 words max)
    • Discuss the overarching theme, research question, area of scholarship or creative expression to be addressed
    • Address the impact on the field, community, faculty involved and/or university
    • Detail the timeliness and/or time-sensitivity of the funding
    • Review how funds will be used
  • Measures of success (250 words max)
    • Discuss goals, expected impact and/or related deliverables
  • Disclosure of current internal resources for all VU faculty involved
  • Budget
    • Provide line items of estimated expenses, total not to exceed $5,000 (exceptions will be considered based on funds available)

Key Dates

  • Application portal opens: November 7, 2018
  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • First set of proposals reviewed: January 2019


For more information about the program or the proposal process contact Schyler Turrin in the Office of Cross-College Initiatives at or via phone (615-875-1027).