August 23, 2012

University-wide limited submission opportunity: Allen Distinguished Investigators Program

Vanderbilt may nominate two candidates for the 2012 Paul G. Allen Foundation’s Distinguished Investigators Program. The program seeks to create a cohort of investigators to pursue new, pioneering research in academic settings that, collectively, ‘move the needle’ towards answering broad scientific questions.

The most promising proposals will incorporate creative, ambitious, interdisciplinary and forward-thinking approaches. For this reason, the program is especially interested in proposals that are unlikely to receive funding from traditional governmental sources.

Each cohort will consist of five to eight projects with an average total funding of up to $1.5 million over a three-year period. While scientists at any stage of their careers may apply, the foundation has a particular interest in supporting the careers of exceptional young scientists.

This year the program will support:

1. Cellular Decision Making: Projects will be funded that integrate experimental and computational research, developing methodologies and/or technologies necessary to understand the underlying principles and mechanisms by which cellular decision making occurs.

2. Modeling Dynamic Biological Systems: Projects will be funded that focus on modeling dynamic biological systems, specifically the development and discovery of approaches for more sophisticated treatments of modularity and complexity in order to make progress towards characterizing biological network connectivity and functionality.

Anyone interested in being considered as one of Vanderbilt’s two nominees must submit the following (in PDF format) to by 5 p.m. on Sept. 14:

1. Brief (two page maximum) research plan including summary budget;
2. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director;
3. A brief CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference the program name in the subject line of the email.

Once received, all proposals will be forwarded to an internal review committee that will choose the final nominee. The chosen nominee will submit a full proposal to the foundation by its Oct. 30 deadline.

If you have any questions about the Foundation or its interests and priorities, please contact Vivian Carmichael, executive director of Foundation Relations, at or 875-4915.