The Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative

VMI Venture Fund: Call For Proposals

Posted by on Friday, June 15, 2018 in News.

The Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative (VMI) Venture Fund is an opportunity for all Vanderbilt faculty and students to apply for venture funding of a project that connects microbiome scholarship with diverse topics and investigators. Projects could span research, education, outreach, ethics, law, policy development, among others.

The VMI welcomes proposals that (i) stimulate new microbiome scholarship for the applicants, (ii) support the development of team collaborations across disciplines or institutes, and (iii) may subsequently seed a larger project. Collaborations between faculty and undergraduate students across multiple schools are especially encouraged. The amount of  funding is $3000 or less and must be used by March 1, 2019.

How to apply for VMI Venture Funding

All proposals will be evaluated by the VMI Trans-Institutional Programs Committee based on the criteria noted below.

By July 10, 2018 send a brief proposal limited to one page (excluding references) to Seth Bordenstein ( that includes specific goals and hypotheses if applicable, team membership across schools and career levels, interdisciplinary innovation and significance, project plan, and anticipated results. In addition, a very brief budget should be noted.

Criteria for evaluation:

  • What is the goal/hypothesis? Is it a new or existing area of investigation for the lab or Vanderbilt?
  • Is there a team that connects different career stages and/or groups beyond the life sciences (e.g., philosophy, law, art, engineering, chemistry, etc.)?
  • Have funding agencies and opportunities been identified that will subsequently lead to a larger project?
  • Are undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students involved?

Organizers are encouraged to facilitate and note inclusivity and diversity, inviting participation from underrepresented groups. All investigators receiving funds will present at the VMI monthly meeting on their plans, submit a half page final report at the end of the funding period, and acknowledge VMI in presentations and publications stemming from the funded activities.


For more information on the Venture Fund, please see the Venture Fund page.

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