New Cross-Disciplinary Projects Win Funding

Seventeen cross-disciplinary projects involving 153 faculty from all 10 Vanderbilt colleges and schools have been selected for the initial set of awards from the new Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative. The projects represent a broad range of research and teaching, with diverse topics such as preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes and prematurity, big data infrastructure, and private-governance approaches to climate change.

Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos launched the $50 million TIPs program in November 2014 to provide support during the next five years for cross-disciplinary research and collaboration—a core pillar of the university’s Academic Strategic Plan. The 17 projects were selected from 64 formal proposals received.

“These projects represent exactly the kind of innovation, collaboration and willingness to tackle society’s most pressing questions that we as a university community envisioned during the strategic planning process,” Zeppos says.

TIPs applicants were encouraged to identify projects that only could be pursued through collaboration and that still may be in the “incubation” phase.

See the full list and descriptions of the inaugural TIPs projects.