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Sports and Society Micro-Grant Program


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. 


In January 2018, at an event in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 50th anniversary of the integration of SEC basketball by Vanderbilt alumni Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, Chancellor Zeppos announced plans to design a new academic initiative focused on exploring the intersection of sports and society. The initiative is designed to allow faculty to explore how sports impact society, and how society impacts sports, across a variety of disciplines.   

Call for Proposals

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for funding to support research and curricular enrichment on topics related to “sports and society” in areas such as race, law, gender, education, medicine, the media and more. Proposals for micro-grants of up to $5,000 are due May 21. Proposals may be submitted online via the InfoReady Review application portal

An ad-hoc committee will review the proposals and will make recommendations for funding. Funds will be made available July 1, 2018 and will be available through June 30, 2019.

Potential Fund Uses

The micro-grants may fund a number of uses during the 2018-19 academic year, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Course guest lecturers
  • New course materials
  • Conduct research
  • Expand an academic archive (e.g. library collection)
  • Travel to an academic archive

Key Dates

  • Proposal window opens: April 19, 2018 
  • Proposals due: May 21, 2018
  • Award announcements: June 2018
  • Funds available: July 1, 2018


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).