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Rapid-Advance MicroGrant Program (RAMP)

Program Information

RAMP awards are designed for smaller-scale funding opportunities that require a rapid response, allowing faculty to innovate in the moment and to seize strategic and time-sensitive opportunities as they arise.

  • This program provides support ranging from $500 to $5,000 as the budget allows, with smaller requests encouraged.

Fund Uses

RAMP funds have been used used to:

  • Support the development of creative works
  • Acquire materials for research or projects, including wages for student researchers
  • Travel to either meet with collaborators or bring them to Vanderbilt

Eligibility and Terms

  • All full-time, VU-employed (Provost-reporting) faculty are eligible.
  • Faculty may submit up to one proposal per fiscal year as lead faculty.
  • Applicants are encouraged to consider how their proposal advances inclusive excellence.
  • Funds may not be used to support faculty salary.
  • Faculty are not eligible to submit another proposal until all reporting requirements have been met.
  • Each participating faculty member must disclose all institutional research support funds, including endowed-chair funds, annual allocations, and other such sources.
  • All funds must be used within the awarded period (i.e. no carry forward).

Review Process

Proposals will be accepted on a monthly basis July through May. Proposals will undergo an administrative review; applications are reviewed for alignment with the program and allowable funding uses.

RAMP applications will enter into review on the below dates: 

July 29th
August 31st
September 30th
October 31st
November 30th
BREAK, no review until January
January 31st
February 28th
March 31st
April 28th
May 31st
No review in June

Application and Proposal Information

Link to Application Portal for FY 2023 RAMP 

Applicant Information

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

Proposal Information

  • Proposal Title
  • Project Summary (100 words)
  • Project Proposal including detailed description of work to be completed. Discuss the overarching theme, research question, area of scholarship or creative expression to be addressed. Detail the timeliness and/or time-sensitivity of the funding. Review project timeline and how funds will be used. (750 words)
  • Significance and impact of the work/scholarship on the field, the community, the university and/or the faculty involved. (250 words)
  • Outline the anticipated outcome and note any future activities or projects this funding would facilitate. (250 words)
  • Disclose current internal funding for all VU faculty involved. Each participating faculty member must disclose all institutional support funds, including endowed-chair funds, annual allocations, and other such sources. If none, please put N/A.
  • Total funding requested


  • Detailed budget
  • Optional supporting image attachment.  Such attachments are only for images or graphics that cannot be included in the program description text box.
  • NOTE: Additional written content or files will not be reviewed



For more information about RAMP, please contact