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Limited Submission Opportunity: Fall 2024 Mathers Foundation Grant Program

Applications due July 16

These instructions are for VU investigators. VUMC investigators should visit the OOR funding opportunity site.

Vanderbilt University may submit up to three letters of intent for the Fall 2024 cycle of the Mathers Foundation grant program.


The mission of The G. Harold and Leila Y. Mathers Foundation is to advance knowledge in the life sciences by sponsoring scientific research that will benefit mankind. The Foundation’s grants program seeks to support innovative, potentially transformative basic science projects in fields including immunology, microbiome, genetics, genomics, structural biology, cellular physiology, cancer biology, microbiology and infectious disease, stem cell biology, and neuroscience. The grant duration is three years and requested budgets should be realistic for the project (consider the type of investigation, models used, supply requirements, size of the team, etc.) Grant budgets cannot exceed $600-$700k (including indirect costs capped at 10%) over three years.

Funding Priorities

  • The Foundation primarily supports basic science, ideally with potential translational applications.
  • Immunology, microbiome, cancer biology, genomics, structural biology, cellular physiology, neuroscience, etc. are noteworthy examples of current research support.
    • Plant biology, oceanography, space exploration and global warming research will not be considered for support.
  • Covid-19 related research projects (aims or sub-aims) will not be considered.
  • Medical imaging technology related projects and/or electrical engineering technology development projects will not be considered.
  • Requests for funding previous federally supported research, and/or applications pending federal approval will not be accorded priority consideration.
  • Requests for support of clinical trials or drug discovery will not be approved. The Foundation will not support projects which it considers pre-clinical drug development.
  • Investigations in basic science and translational research may be reliant on collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. Interdisciplinary project proposals may require additional information regarding collaborator(s)’ achievements and relevant expertise.
  • LOIs that have been declined should not be resubmitted.
  • Renewal applications for the same or related research will not be accorded priority consideration, and applicants should consider proposing a new research direction.

Budget Considerations

  • The Foundation will not fund requests for student tuition nor requests for equipment costs over $5,000. (Benefits/fringe rate, including health insurance may be approved on a case-by-case basis, notwithstanding agreements with other agencies, i.e. DHHS)

See the program page for more information.

Internal Application Instructions

Interested faculty should click here to submit an application for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity.  The deadline for the internal competition is July 16, 2024.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to