Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grants

Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grants

2021 Annual Request for Proposals TBD


Nicholas Hobbs Discovery Grant Awards are an internal grant mechanism available to Vanderbilt University faculty who are Investigators or Members of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. The purpose is to encourage Kennedy Center researchers to conduct multidisciplinary, innovative pre-clinical or clinical pilot studies in preparation for submitting competitive grant applications to federal agencies or substantial applications to private foundations. The program is not meant to serve as bridge funding or extensions of previous Hobbs awards. This initiative is made possible by the generous gifts of donors.

See Hobbs Discovery Grants by year.

Period and Amount of Awards

Awards will be for 12 months and are non‐renewable. However, cost carry‐over is possible. Budgets allow up to a maximum of $30,000; this includes 15% indirect costs.

Research Objectives and Eligibility

This competition is open to VKC faculty Investigators or Members for conducting pilot projects consistent with the mission of the VKC. Its mission is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Hobbs Discovery Grant Program supports interdisciplinary research on fundamental mechanisms of behavioral, cognitive, and brain development and plasticity relevant to developmental disabilities, across the lifespan.

Applications are encouraged that represent excursions into promising new areas of multidisciplinary research and for which existing grant funds are not available. Applications from individuals who are in the process of developing a research program are strongly encouraged. Single investigator applications will not be considered.

The Hobbs Discovery Awards are intended to support original empirical research. This grant mechanism does not support literature reviews, manuscript preparation, conferences, workshops, training programs or nonresearch clinical activities. The goal is to fund cutting‐edge research that will advance scientific knowledge and contribute to the overall competitiveness of the Center.

Priority will be given to applications that propose innovative, multidisciplinary research, and that are most likely to lead to extramural grant support. Applications proposing research that links biomedical (e.g., neuroscience or genetics) variables with behavioral, educational, or policy components (e.g., learning, behavior problems) are especially encouraged.

For more information contact:

Julia Harrison or Tim Stafford