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Vanderbilt institute for clinical and translational research victr

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)

VICTR Application and Review Process

Victr background

VICTR Background

  • VICTR – Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research

    • Funded by Vanderbilt Office of Research and the NIH sponsored CTSA (Clinical and Translational Science Award)

      • Awarded in 2007 as 1 of 12 to be awarded

    • StarBRITE (Biomedical Research Integration, Translation, and Education portal) – interactive system to identify resources, find experts, access templates etc.

Scientific review committee

Scientific Review Committee


11 Voting Members with diverse research expertise:

Infectious Diseases,  Nephrology, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Genetics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Cardiology, Imaging, Hematology, Oncology, Gerontology and Emergency Medicine


  • Review proposals for scientific merit and prioritize accordingly

  • Engage researchers in proposal development, facilitate access to support/services

  • Identify opportunities for internal RFAs

  • Oversee administrative review/approval of Vouchers

Scientific review committee1

Scientific Review Committee


  • Meetings held twice a month to review and deliberate

  • Chair reviews expedited requests on a weekly basis

    NIH Review Criteria plus VICTR Criteria:

    • Will this project promote the career of a young investigator?

    • Will the project advance preliminary data for an important grant submission, e.g. an R01, P01, K23, SCCOR, etc?

    • Will the research likely result in a publication?

    • Will the research improve the translational research infrastructure?

    • Will the project enhance our community outreach?

    • Is the project multidisciplinary?

Resource requests

Resource Requests

  • Online centralized portal for all VICTR resources via StarBRITE

  • Broad range of requests including T1 and T2 research areas, across schools and departments

  • Overview:

    - Over 300 proposals reviewed

    - Smallest approved request: $47

    - Largest approved request: $581,210

Items not fundable

Items not fundable:

  • Non-human studies or samples

  • Animal purchase, housing and food

  • Salary Support for PI or KSP

  • PI & study team travel for meetings

  • Expert Speaker/Consultant fees

  • Publication fees

  • Meharry direct expenses (salary support )

  • Radio or Television Advertising

  • Computer purchase

Funding requests with special considerations

Funding Requests with Special Considerations

  • Software

  • Travel

  • Food

  • Sample analyses in PI’s own lab

  • Large equipment

  • International studies/collaborations

  • Human cell lines in animals

  • Participant reimbursement

  • Research Nurse/Coordinator/Assistant requests

Pre submission requirements

Pre-submission Requirements:

  • Research proposal based on template

  • Any relevant quotes

    • Cores, Equipment, IDS

  • Any relevant grants/contract budget

  • Itemized list of research supplies

  • Imaging

  • FACTr (

Victr application and review process

VICTR Funding:

My applications new requests

My Applications / New Requests

Pre request rules

Pre-Request Rules

Victr application and review process

1. Navigation


2. Preliminary


3. Pick Resources

4. Review


5. PI Information

6. Project Specific


7. Scientific


8. Documents

9. Final Review

10. Submitted

Victr application and review process

Step 3:

Pick Resources

Pre review



Extensive pre-reviews prior to SRC review


  • Ensure eligibility (human) and completeness of application

  • Determine feasibility and enhance study design


    -Administrative -Biostatistics -Budget

    -CRC capacity/Nursing-Participant -Cores


Review pathways

Review Pathways

VICTR Resource Request

> $2,000


≤ $2,000


Timeline :

~2 weeks


Timeline : 2 to 3 business days

Expedited Committee

≤ $10,000,

Industry sponsored, Amendments

Full Committee

> $10,000

Administrative Review

SRC Expedited Reviewers or Chair Review

SRC Committee Review

Timeline : 1 to 2 business days

Timeline :

1 week

Timeline :

2 weeks

1 Week

1 Month

2 Months

Requests > $100,000 are subject to subsequent

VICTR Executive Committee Approval

After approval

After Approval

Victr application and review process

For additional information or questions please contact:

Lesa Black , SRA II

343-1899 or

Sharee Small, SRA I

343-1745 or

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