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New program at Vanderbilt provides support for research funding proposals

By David Schwartz
Published: November 7th, 2017

A new group fostering research efforts at Vanderbilt University has been launched to support faculty as they develop grant proposals and pursue funding opportunities from both government and industry sponsors. The Leveraged Proposal Organization and Development program, or L-POD, offers a suite of activities, including proposal development assistance and activities to build relationships with sponsors.

The L-POD program is a component of PIERS, the Provost’s Initiative to Enhance Research and Scholarship, which is designed to improve the university’s competitiveness in research funding.

“More and more, funding agencies are requiring proposals that are more complex and need supporting documents, such as impact statements and management plans, in addition to the key technical pieces,” said Susan R. Wente, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “With the L-POD program, investigators can focus their time on developing top-quality research proposals, with the L-POD office providing support and advice.”

L-POD efforts will focus on federally funded opportunities as well as opportunities with industry sponsors, coordinating on the latter with the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. It will support proposals that represent a strategic funding opportunity for Vanderbilt and whose coordination requires resources beyond those available at the department level. Particular emphasis will be place on trans-institutional projects involving team members from multiple disciplines.

 “Several peer universities employ this kind of proposal development support model,” said Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan. “Through the program, we are creating opportunities for our faculty to interact with funding agencies, sponsors and foundations to better understand these external opportunities and also to showcase their research to these audiences. Vanderbilt must take this step to increase our competitiveness and improve the chances for success for our outstanding faculty.”

The program will also be offering workshops – dubbed InReach and OutReach. InReach sessions will feature fellow faculty members who have had success with various funding agencies, while OutReach events, will involved visits from industry sponsors, where faculty can build relationships with sponsors as well as learn more about their research interests.

Source: Vanderbilt University Research

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