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Global Research and Engagement Micro-Grant Program


In response to the 2017 International Strategy Working Group report, which outlined key strategies for amplifying Vanderbilt's global impact, the university has announced a funding source to help faculty pursue international research, scholarship and creative expression projects or to pursue strategic, time-sensitive opportunities for global research and engagement.

The Global Research and Engagement Micro-Grant program will provide funds of up to $5,000 each for faculty projects that will take place or incur costs prior to the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2019). These funds are designed to support smaller scale projects that are not conducive to existing internal funding programs such as TIPs, Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants. Awards in excess of $5,000 will be considered based on need and available funds.

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

A 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.

Research Scholar Grants (RSG), Discovery Grants (DG) and Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) awards provide funding for various research and discovery activities and have a range of funding amounts and should also be considered resources for global research and engagement.

Fund Uses

  • Rapid-response funding for time-sensitive on-campus events or international travel occurring in response to events with a global impact (may include bringing speakers or collaborators to campus)
  • Funding for international travel for conferences, lecture, symposia or collaborator meetings
  • Funding for international travel for research

Note: More long-term, in-depth research proposals should be submitted to TIPs, DG or RSG

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 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 a Global Research and Engagement Micro-Grant award are not eligible to submit another proposal (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 fiscal year 2019 (by June 30, 2019).

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, program or travel for use in promotional materials (50 words max)
  • Detailed proposal (750 words max)
    • Discuss the overarching theme, research question or area of scholarship to be addressed
    • Address the impact on the field, faculty involved and/or university
    • Detail the timeliness and/or time-sensitivity of the funding
    • Review how funds will be used
    • If relevant, discuss why it is important for Vanderbilt to engage on this event or incident
  • 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: August 15, 2018 
  • Application window closes: June 1, 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).