External Funding


PIVOT is an expertise database with researcher profiles created from publications and public websites.  It is also a database of approximately 28,000 funding opportunities including public and private sources, and graduate student/fellowship support.  For a helpful introduction to using PIVOT, see Vanderbilt Introduction to Pivot.

Internal Funding


Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) are pilot funds for trans-institutional efforts that are, or may lead to, emerging programs, centers and institutes. Awards are also made to reinvest in existing trans-institutional centers and institutes. TIPs support such entities that collectively aim to answer big questions and address grand challenges.


The Research Scholar Grant Program provides funding for innovative scholarship and creative expression projects that are unlikely to have extramural funding options available. These awards support humanistic research and efforts that result in the creation of artistic or humanist bodies of work.

The Discovery Grant Program is one of the primary ways Vanderbilt invests in advancing core disciplines, thereby strengthening the scholarly profile of the university. The program is designed to serve as a catalyst to significant external funding sources, supporting new ideas, cutting-edge research and the development of infrastructure.