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Edge Funding

Partners

We support early career faculty who are facing care giving challenges
By offering professional and personal 'extra hands,' the goal of PARTNERS is to restore stability and protect promising research careers.

AVAILABLE SUPPORT
PARTNERS – Vanderbilt and Meharry faculty facing exceptional care giving challenges

  • Funding up to $35,000 professional & $5,000 household
  • Up to three years of funding
  • Applicants meet with Faculty Assistance Program to assess need and timeframe
  • Examples of care giving Challenges:
    • Preterm birth and complicated newborn course
    • Prolonged hospitalization of a child or spouse
    • Primary responsibility for hospice care for a parent

 

AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER 2022
COVID – Vanderbilt and Meharry faculty with caregiving responsibilities increased by COVID-19

  • Funding up to $32,000 professional & $5,000 household
  • One year of funding, not renewable
  • No additional application steps


QUESTIONS
For questions about the program, or to apply, please email Helen Bird, Senior Communications Specialist.

How it Works
SCREENING & SCIENTIFIC REVIEW

PARTNERS applications begin with a confidential screening to ensure eligibility is met.

Once eligibility is confirmed, the Scientific Review Committee will assess each application.

CONFIRMATION

Division chief or chair will certify that faculty is in good standing.

The reasons for eligibility will NOT be conveyed, only the fact of eligibility for the award.

TAILORED ASSISTANCE

A scientific concierge will offer assistance tailored to individual needs.

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To be eligible to apply for PARTNERS, you must be:

  • Faculty at the rank of instructor or above and
  • Have a career development award such as a K that protects at least 50% of your time for research/training or
  • Within the first year of your first R01 or equivalent (including VA Merit)
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A confidential Scientific Concierge will assist faculty in accessing requested resources and suggesting additional options. Assistance will be tailored to your eligibility and individual needs.

TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES (budget required)

Coverage of clinical time (buy-out)

Clinical study coordinator effort

Editorial support for manuscripts, grants, or progress reports

Trained medical record abstractors

Informatics expertise

Database enhancements

Laboratory technician effort

Statistical support

Project management consultant

Postdoctoral fellow

Work/study student assistant

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TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES

Short-term transportation solutions

Personal assistant

House cleaning service

Yard maintenance

 

FINE PRINT

  • Funds may only be used towards household and personal needs.
  • Partners Program Flex Funds may not be used for healthcare, childcare, or items not related to household or personal needs. Examples of inappropriate use of Partners funds include home health care services, paying bills, debt services, medical bills, or direct care-giving needs.
  • Partners Program Flex Funds will be noted as a financial benefit and will be included on your annual statement of taxable income per Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s federal tax policy.
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PARTNERS is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists’ program is funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, through the COVID-19 Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists collaborative.

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INSIGHTS INTO NEEDS OF ACADEMIC FACULTY

Hartmann KE, Sundermann AC, Helton R, Bird H, Wood A.  The Scope of Extra-Professional Caregiving Challenges Among Early Career Faculty: Findings From a University Medical Center.  Academic Medicine. 2018; Epub ahead of print. PMID: 29596083

Jagsi R, Jones RD, Griffith KA, Brady KT, Brown AJ, Davis RD, Drake AF, Ford D, Fraser VJ, Hartmann KE, Hochman JS, Girdler S, Libby AM, Mangurian C, Regensteiner JG, Yonkers K, Escobar-Alvarez S, Myers ER.  An Innovative Program to Support Gender Equity and Success in Academic Medicine: Early Experiences From the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists.  Ann Intern Med.  2018; Epub ahead of print. PMID: 29554690

Brown AM, Morrow JD, Limbird LE, at al. Centralized oversight of physician-scientist faculty development at Vanderbilt: Early outcomes. Acad Med. 2008;83:969–975. PMID: 18820531

Munson M, Weisz O, Masur S. Juggling on the ladder: Institutional awards help faculty overcome early-mid career obstacles. American Society of Cell Biology Newsletter. 2014; 37:9.

Jagsi R, Butterton JR, Starr R, Tarbell NJ. A targeted intervention for the career development of women in academic medicine. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:343–345.

Beckett L, Nettiksimmons J, Howell LP, Villablanca AC. Do family responsibilities and a clinical versus research faculty position affect satisfaction with career and work-life balance for medical school faculty? J Womens Health. 2015;24:471–480.

Questions

For questions about the program, or to apply, please email Helen Bird, Senior Communications Specialist.

upcoming Partners events [ view all events ]
December 8, 2022 | 12:00 pm (Virtual) Holly Fletcher
Edge Seminar
Newman Seminar
Communication
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
January 26, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Katherine Hartmann
Newman Seminar
Productivity
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
February 9, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Joe Bandy
Edge Seminar
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
February 23, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Panel Discussion
Newman Seminar
Management & Leadership
Early career faculty
March 23, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Katherine Hartmann
Edge Seminar
Newman Seminar
Faculty Life
Life Hacks
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
April 13, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Kim Rathmell
Edge Seminar
Grants & Funding
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
April 20, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) TBA
Newman Seminar
Productivity
Life Hacks
Early career faculty
May 4, 2023 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Stacey Satchell
Edge Seminar
Newman Seminar
Faculty Life
Productivity
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
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