Pilot Grants

DEADLINE: Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

More details to come.

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Pilot Grants funds innovative maternal and child health-focused clinical and translational research in the following categories:

Category I: Pilot Early Career ($35K)
Category II: New Ideas for Mid/Senior Investigators ($35K)

All projects must be significantly related to the health of expectant mothers and children. The applicant can be any practitioner or scientist who has a focus on maternal or child health research. 

Forms for Applicants

More information to come.


Awards will be announced in June 2020. Earliest award start date is July 1, 2020. The performance period is 12 months for both categories.


  • All applicants must have, or plan on, having a focus on maternal child1 health research.
  • All applicants and their mentors must be MCHRI Members.
  • A Primary Research Mentor must be identified for instructors or assistant professors.
  • The following are not eligible:
    • Clinician Educators (CEs)
    • Visiting scholars to Stanford
    • Senior Research Scientists, Research Associates/Assistants
    • Former recipients of MCHRI/PRF/LPFCH-sponsored awards who have not complied with award/reporting requirements.
    • Mentor or applicants who have Mentor or applicants who have not cleared overdraft(s) in previous MCHRI awards prior to applying.

No-Cost Extension Request

No-Cost Extension Link

Reviewer Form

Funding Rates

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY19 30 9 30% $315,000
FY 18 43 12 28% $420,000
FY 17 50 19 38% $660,000
FY 16 40 12 30% $420,000
FY 15 45 15 33% $510,414
FY 14 40 19 48% $659,500
FY 13 28 12 43% $416,000
FY 12 36 19 53% $653,761
FY 11 28 15 54% $524,490

Pilot Grant Panel Chairs

Professor of Pediatrics (Nephrology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
NICU Nurses Professor and Professor (Research), by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology) and of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine)


Please contact MCHRI Administration or 650-724-0279 with any questions.