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Edge Funding

VFRS

Vanderbilt Faculty Research Scholars ProgramInternal career development award
An internal career development award for faculty researchers pursuing basic, translational, or clinical research projects.

Faculty scholars are competitively selected across all disciplines and degree types for merit and innovation of their science. Stepping stone to NIH/CTSA KL2 career development award and/or individual K. Weekly work-in-progress supplements mentored training.

Scholars who apply to VFRS may be considered for other K12 programs if their work fits a program’s focus and requirements. Applications are ranked by the selection committee in March and scholars are seated on a rolling basis as current scholars receive extramural awards and come off the program.

With your chair’s permission, any faculty researcher who has not already received a career development or large independent (R01 or equivalent) award may be considered for the Scholars Program.  Projects may be basic, translational, or clinical research. Applicants may be from VU, VUMC, or Meharry Medical College.

APPLICATION PROCESS

VFRS AT A GLANCE

VFRS FAQS

VFRS CURRENT & RECENT SCHOLARS

INFO SESSIONS (ZOOM)

  • November 14, 11 AM-12 PM
  • December 15, 1-2 PM
  • Email rebecca.helton@vumc.org to receive Zoom link
APPLICATION PROCESS
Survey of Intent

Survey of Intent due January 16. 

Once your department chair approves, email the program manager to request a survey. Complete and submit this no later than January 16, 5:00 PM Central Time.

Application Package

Application Package due February 15. 

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM Central Time.

All materials must be emailed to the program manager in a single PDF document ordered as below. The program manager will not compile applications.

Instructions & Due Dates

Instructions & Due Dates

View instructions detailing all the required items for the application.

Additional questions?

Email rebecca.helton@vumc.org.

upcoming VFRS events [ view all events ]
April 25, 2024 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) VUMC Finance | MCN C-2209
Newman Seminar
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
RCR
May 2, 2024 | 12:00 pm (In-Person) Tara Helmer & Nan Kennedy | MCN C-2209
Edge Seminar
Newman Seminar
Writing & Publishing
Pre/Post Doc
Early career faculty
RCR
May 6, 2024 | 9:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Todd Edwards | 2525 West End, 6 Floor boardroom
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Pre/Post Doc
May 14, 2024 | 11:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Julie Bastarache | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
May 15, 2024 | 1:00 pm (In-Person) Dr. Julie Bastarache | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
May 28, 2024 | 11:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Julie Bastarache | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
May 30, 2024 | 10:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Julie Bastarache | 2525 West End, Ste 1040
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Early career faculty
September 16, 2024 | 9:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Todd Edwards | 2525 West End, 6 Floor boardroom
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Pre/Post Doc
January 13, 2025 | 9:00 am (In-Person) Dr. Todd Edwards | 2525 West End, 6 Floor boardroom
Grant Pacing Workshop
Grants & Funding
Pre/Post Doc
Testimonials
I expected to feel like I was drowning the first couple years as a junior faculty, but the support and training from the VFRS program and some of the other faculty development resources have helped me anticipate problems and proactively steer my lab.

~ VFRS Awardee

I've very much enjoyed the WIP groups and Newman Society Seminars -- both have resulted in tangible improvements to my work and writing, which led to my independent K01 award.

~ VFRS Awardee

The Edge for Scholars and VFRS are terrific programs which only get better each year in the support that they provide to our K-awardees. As always, I look forward to having a mentoring family, it takes a village, and what a terrific village to be a mentor!

~ VFRS Mentor

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