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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)

  • 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 (VICTR)


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 (VICTR)


  • 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 (VICTR)

  • 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: (VICTR)

  • 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 (VICTR)

  • 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: (VICTR)

  • Research proposal based on template

  • Any relevant quotes

    • Cores, Equipment, IDS

  • Any relevant grants/contract budget

  • Itemized list of research supplies

  • Imaging

  • FACTr (

VICTR Funding:

My applications new requests
My Applications / New Requests

Pre request rules
Pre-Request Rules

1. Navigation


2. Preliminary


3. Pick Resources

4. Review


5. PI Information

6. Project Specific


7. Scientific


8. Documents

9. Final Review

10. Submitted

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

    -Nutrition -Community

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

For additional information or questions please contact:

Lesa Black , SRA II

343-1899 or [email protected]

Sharee Small, SRA I

343-1745 or [email protected]