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Limited submission opportunity: 2020 SURA Distinguished Scientist Award

Aug. 12, 2019—This is a joint competition for VU and VUMC investigators. All investigators should follow these instructions. Vanderbilt University may submit one nomination to the Southeastern Universities Research Association's Distinguished Scientist Award competition. This award is presented to research scientists from a SURA member institution (Vanderbilt University is a standing member) whose extraordinary work fulfills the SURA mission to “advance collaborative research and strengthen the scientific capabilities of its members and the nation.” The award comes with a $5,000 cash honorarium.

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Limited submission opportunity: 2020 Moore Inventor Fellows

Aug. 8, 2019—Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC combined) anticipates the opportunity to nominate up to two candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellows competition. The Moore Foundation aims to support inventions at an early stage that could lead to proof-of-concept work or advance an existing prototype that tackles an importation problem in the areas of scientific research, environmental conservation, or patient care. Each fellow will receive a total of $825,000 over three years.

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Provost-appointed working group to assess digital support services, projects

Aug. 5, 2019—A new working group will evaluate Vanderbilt’s digital project resources and services and make recommendations aimed at supporting the university’s current and future needs.

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Shu, Zheng receive Vietnam’s top honor for foreign scientists

Aug. 1, 2019—The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has awarded two Vanderbilt epidemiologists the Memorabilia Medal “For the People’s Health” in appreciation of their contributions in helping the nation establish a population-based research program for cancer, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.

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Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core mini-grant awards available

Aug. 1, 2019—The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core invites proposals for activities that promote on-going, mutually beneficial, health-oriented research partnerships between community organizations and academic researchers. 

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Limited submission opportunity: VentureWell Faculty Grants Program

Aug. 1, 2019—Vanderbilt University may submit two proposals for the VentureWell Faculty Grants Program. The program supports the creation of new or transformation of existing courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market. The grant will provide $30,000 (overhead not allowed) for a duration of three years.

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Limited submission opportunity: Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars

Jul. 25, 2019—The Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Program aims to fuel the development of female STEM²D leaders and feed the STEM²D talent pipeline by awarding and sponsoring women at critical points in their research careers, in each of the STEM²D disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design.

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Deadline for diabetes and obesity research grants is Sept. 9

Jul. 22, 2019—The Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC), and the Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) announce the availability of Pilot and Feasibility Grants in diabetes or obesity-related research.

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Rasmussen named Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar

Jul. 18, 2019—Megan Rasmussen, a Ph.D. student in Cell and Developmental Biology, has been selected as the 2019 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar.

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Limited submission opportunity: Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholars

Jul. 9, 2019—This program supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who have an MD or PhD degree and who have completed a minimum of three years and not more than five years of a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of basic neurosciences at a medical school.

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Vanderbilt vaccine pioneer James Crowe honored with major science prize

Jul. 9, 2019—James Crowe Jr., MD, director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, will be honored today by the science and technology company Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany for his contributions to developing new therapeutics and vaccines against some of the world’s deadliest viruses.

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Limited submission opportunity: Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics

Jul. 9, 2019—These three-year career development awards enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research that goes beyond current work in bioethics and whose research will have an impact on public policy, biomedical research, or clinical practice. Priority will be given to applicants whose research addresses innovative and emerging topics.

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