Slides can help faculty with Ancora proposal submissions

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization have posted informational slides for faculty preparing pre-proposal submissions in response to the inaugural Ancora request for proposals.

The slides provide background on Ancora Innovation, the new collaboration between Vanderbilt University and Deerfield Management involving a $65 million commitment from Deerfield to advance drug discovery. The slides also provide guidance on conceptualizing projects and sample case studies.

Faculty are encouraged to focus on high-risk, high-reward research that can lead to new breakthroughs through team science that leverages core facilities and has the potential for commercialization.

Pre-proposal submissions are due from faculty June 4. The review process for pre-proposals will be completed by July 23, at which time all pre-proposals will receive feedback.

Faculty whose pre-proposals are not advanced will have the opportunity to develop them for future Ancora requests, which are anticipated biannually. Faculty whose pre-proposals are selected for advancement on July 23 will be invited to submit full proposals that will be due Sept. 10. Final selections will be announced in early November.

Please direct any questions about the Ancora request for proposals to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at

by Jane Hirtle