Reminder: TIPs pre-proposals due Nov. 28; University Courses proposals due Dec. 12



Pre-proposals for the 2017-18 round of Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) are due Monday, Nov. 28, and proposals for University Courses are due Monday, Dec. 12. Faculty can submit their proposals using the new online application portal, InfoReady, which was launched this fall to streamline the submission and review process.

“As we enter the third year of trans-institutional program proposals and the second year for University Courses, we are seeing the fruits of the interdisciplinary research, collaboration and learning envisioned in the Academic Strategic Plan,” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente said. “[rquote]Through these programs, we are tackling diverse and pressing challenges such as health disparities, big data, smart cities, racial justice and more—highly relevant work that is fueled by our One Vanderbilt approach.[/rquote] I am eager to see what the new round of proposals brings.”

All Vanderbilt University faculty are eligible to apply for TIPs funding. For more details on eligibility, proposal requirements and guidelines on fund use, visit the TIPs website.

TIPs was launched in 2015 as part of the university’s $50 million strategic investment in interdisciplinary research under the Academic Strategic Plan. The program is designed to serve as a catalyst to support new ideas, cutting-edge research and the development of infrastructure by providing pilot funds for emerging and existing trans-institutional centers and institutes.

There are two types of TIPs awards—Vanderbilt Initiative Awards, which are pilot funds for efforts that are, or may lead to, new programs, centers and institutes; and Vanderbilt Reinvestment Awards, which are made to reinvest in existing trans-institutional centers and institutes.

A natural offshoot of TIPs, University Courses leverage the synergies across Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges, providing faculty the opportunity to reach beyond departmental boundaries to deliver innovative classes on significant subjects. A special call is issued for Multicultural University Courses, which specifically address multiculturalism, racial/ethnic issues, identity literacy and/or cultural competency within an interdisciplinary setting.

The University Courses program is open to all Vanderbilt University faculty for courses teaching students in schools and colleges reporting to the provost. For full eligibility requirements, visit the University Courses website.

Questions about the application process for either program may be directed to Schyler Turrin at 615-875-1027 or

TIPs key dates:

  • Nov. 28, 2016: Pre-proposals due
  • Jan. 23, 2017: Full proposals due
  • May 2017: Awards announced
  • July 1, 2017: TIPs funds available

University Courses key dates:

  • Proposals due: Dec. 12, 2016
  • Award announcements: February 2017

Visit the Office of the Provost website for key dates on other internal funding programs, including Discovery Grants and Research Scholar Grants.

Access the InfoReady submission portal >