Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP)

Internal Stanford Funding Opportunity in Maternal Child Health

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: January 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) has, as one of its major goals, the creation and fostering of innovative, transdisciplinary child and maternal health research and training initiatives between and among the scientific communities at Stanford in the pre-­-clinical, clinical, and basic sciences in the School of Medicine, engineering and areas related to bioengineering, computer science and technology, the basic and social sciences in H&S, Business, Education, Law, and Earth Sciences.

CHRI is seeking proposals for transdisciplinary initiatives in new innovative child and maternal health research programs that could best (or only) be performed by faculty from different disciplines, interdisciplinary curricular innovations, seminars and symposia. We encourage faculty from different schools to work together on these initiatives, and strongly promote collaborations between basic and physician scientists.

Forms for Applicants

Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program RFA

Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program Proposal Guidelines

See the Letter of Intent instructions below to download the fillable form of the Letter of Intent template/cover page

Letter of Intent Application Guidelines

By January 15, 2019, 5:00 PM., please upload one PDF file containing the completed LOI cover template and the Project description to our online link below:

  • Page 1: Completed LOI TEMPLATE (PDF)
  • Pages 2-3: Project description (Arial font 10)
  • The project goals, the potential impact on child and/or maternal health, the individuals and disciplines involved

 Upon completion you will be emailed a unique link to begin your CHRI application.


Letter of Intent Deadline (required): January 15, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Applicants notified to proceed with full proposals: February 11, 2019

Full proposal deadline (by invitation): April 8, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Notification of selected proposals: May 15, 2019

Funding Amount

Up to $100,000 per year for 2 years

Support could be for personnel (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students, research assistants, or associates, or faculty), supplies, small equipment, travel, or seminar and symposia needs which are an integral part of the proposal.


  • All Stanford faculty holding Clinician Educator (CE), University Tenure Line (UTL), Research (NTL-Research), or Medical Center line (MCL) positions.
  • The initiative must utilize a multi-PI approach where at least two of these lead investigators are from different disciplines.
  • The combined multi-PI and co-PIs must have faculty from at least two different schools.
  • The proposal should have the potential for obtaining future external support for sustainability, and document how the collaborative effort will be stronger than the sum of two independent projects.
  • Two letters of intent from one primary PI will be accepted (if your LOI's are selected for full proposals, only ONE proposal will be accepted from a primary PI).

Review Criteria

The initiatives will be evaluated as to their quality, novel approaches, potential for stimulating new discoveries, likelihood of being successful, and whether they address the scientific and programmatic goals of CHRI in its broadest sense.


Mary Chen, CHRI Administrative Director,

Funding Rates

YEAR LOI Applicants Invited Full Proposal Applicants Grants Awarded  Funding Rate Total Awarded
FY 17 16 8 4 25% $400,000
FY 16 22 9 5 23% $1,000,000
FY 15 - - - - -
FY 14 17 5 5 29% $1,000,000
FY 13 - - - - -
FY 12 8 4 4 50% $800,000