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Support for Proposal Development

Leveraged Proposal and Organizational Development (L-POD) Program

Objective: Support the development of large-scale and/or prestigious proposals that represent a strategic funding opportunity for Vanderbilt and whose coordination requires resources beyond those available at the department level. Particular emphasis will be given to supporting projects with trans-institutional themes involving team members from multiple disciplines.

Selection: Each project for which Faculty have requested assistance will be reviewed by the L-POD Research Development Program Mangers in consultation with the VURC and VPR. Support will be offered based on current capacity of L-POD resources and alignment of the project with Vanderbilt’s strategic research vision.

Process: When a proposal is approved for L-POD Value-Add Proposal Assistance, a consultation meeting will be set up with the PI and the L-POD team to determine which specific L-POD services will be needed for the opportunity. Based on this consultation, the L-POD team will create a project plan agreement that overviews the services that will be offered and outlines the responsible parties for each deliverable.

  Support for Proposal Writing

L-POD may be able to help you with proposal writing.  For more information about this contact                                     .  The process is also described in a document posted on the PRO website here .

  Limited Submission Opportunities

Limited Submission Opportunities (LSOs) are funding opportunities that place a limit on the number or types of applications Vanderbilt can submit, either as a pre- or full proposal.  These may include research competitions as well as career support awards of various kinds.  Restrictions on the number of applications from an institution are included in the grant announcement.  Vanderbilt University, through the Vice Provost for Research, Padma Raghavan, has the responsibility and authority to determine which proposals will be submitted as Vanderbilt’s official nominees.  Anyone interested in submitting a proposal to one of these programs must first submit an application for internal review and approval

  Find-your Own:  PIVOT

PIVOT is a grant tracking tool that allows you to create a profile and will notify you of funding opportunities that match your interests. It tracks 28,000 domestic and international funders, has many criteria you can select to narrow options, and can be set to report at different intervals.  It is free to Vanderbilt faculty.  A U Tube video on its use can be found at:  Introducing PIVOT

Foundation Relations

Dinessa Solomen is a foundation officer with specialized expertise in helping you develop proposals that will be submitted to foundations. Information about these is on the Associate Provost’s Research website noted above. Before you begin work you should be in contact with their office:

  Research with Potential Commercial Value

If you are planning to conduct research in collaboration with a for-profit entity or if you work might result in a product that can be sold you need to be in touch with the Technology Transfer office as you are developing your proposal: 


Research Compliance

Peabody Research Compliance Resources

Vanderbilt University Compliance Program

Vanderbilt University Faculty Manual

Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management, 615-322-8363

Vanderbilt Institutional Review Board  (IRB), 615-322-2918

Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety  (VEHS), 615-322-2057