Ancora Innovation: RFP Application Review

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Light Hall - Room 512

As many are aware, the 3rd RFP is open for Vanderbilt’s collaboration with Ancora Innovation to accelerate the translation of research at Vanderbilt into novel therapeutics.  To assist Vanderbilt applicants with optimizing their submissions, Ancora will be conducting a working session on campus over lunch on Wednesday Sept 18th to review each question set forth in the RFP and offer guidance on responding.  For each question, Ancora will advise on what they believe to be compelling features that make a project attractive for Ancora to fund, and will provide feedback on aspects of proposals that would be a good fit and poor fit for this collaboration.  There will be ample opportunity at this session for faculty to ask Ancora about their specific programs and how their submissions would be viewed. 

We encourage faculty to use this opportunity to your advantage, and if you are not able to make it to the session we would encourage you to send along a collaborator or colleague in your place.   Attendees must RSVP herePlease RSVP by noon Monday, Sept 16th.

The RFP can be accessed directly through, and the RFP timeline for this cycle is:


RFP Opens:                                    September 3, 2019

LOI Submissions Due:                  October 8, 2019

LOI Responses:                              December 16, 2019

Full Proposals Due:                       January 24, 2020

Final Selections:                            March 16, 2020


Please join us on Wednesday, Sept 18th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in 512 Light Hall for a lunch and working session hosted by the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. Representatives from Ancora will review questions set forth in the RFP, offer guidance on responding, and address your questions. 

Lunch will be available starting at 11:45.