Office of Cross College Initiatives
The Office of Cross College Initiatives manages several of the university's internal faculty funding programs. These programs are some of the primary vehicles for Vanderbilt to invest in its faculty, fostering developments in discovery and learning that promote collaboration and advance disciplinary excellence. VU BreakThru (Blog)
Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) are a centerpiece of the Academic Strategic Plan. The program is designed to support new ideas, cutting-edge research and the development of infrastructure by supporting emerging and existing trans-institutional centers and institutes. The awards are meant to support organizations that facilitate research and teaching collaborations across disciplines, aim to address topics of critical academic and societal interest, embrace discovery and spark learning to position Vanderbilt as a world leader in a given area. This program is open to all VU and VUMC-employed faculty.
University Courses promote new and creative trans-institutional learning, a key component of Vanderbilt's Academic Strategic Plan. These courses leverage the natural synergies across Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges, providing faculty the opportunity to reach beyond departmental boundaries to deliver innovative classes on significant subjects. This program is open to all full-time VU and VUMC-employed faculty for courses teaching Vanderbilt students in schools and colleges reporting to the Provost.
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.
The Research Scholar Grant program provides funding for innovative scholarship and creative expression projects that are unlikely to have extramural funding options available. These awards support humanistic research and efforts that result in the creation of artistic or humanist bodies of work. All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible.
The Global Research and Engagement Micro-Grant Program helps faculty pursue international research, scholarship and creative expression projects or pursue strategic, time-sensitive opportunities for global research and engagement. This program is designed to support smaller scale projects that are not conducive to existing internal funding programs.
The Sports and Society Micro-Grant Program provides a framework for the campus to engage in investigating how sports impact our society and vice versa, in areas such as race, law, gender, education, medicine, the media and more. This effort will help identify areas of faculty interest and expertise across the broad spectrum at Vanderbilt.
The Chancellor’s Public Voices Fellowship is designed to expand Vanderbilt’s global reach by amplifying the impact of faculty research through media training and enhanced strategic communications. The program is a key recommendation from a report drafted by the Committee for Enhancing Voices in the Public Sphere, which was charged with identifying ways to disseminate the discovery and knowledge of Vanderbilt faculty to broader national and global audiences.
The Arts & Humanities Rapid Response Micro-Grant Fund 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.
Previous Award Programs
The Library Collections Initiative is a Chancellor and Provost funding program aimed to support research and scholarship through investments in the permanent and special collections of Vanderbilt's Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries. In a competitive process during the 2017-18 academic year, the Office of the Provost will award new funding for the library to secure and acquire new collections.