Stanford Pediatric IBD and Celiac Disease Research Program Seed Grants

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM PST


The Stanford Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Celiac Disease Research Awards Program aims to spark innovative and transdisciplinary research and develop new treatments to improve the lives of all children with IBD and celiac disease for generations to come.  Through this mechanism we can harness the expertise of scientists already in place across Stanford and pivot their work toward pediatric disease and push research in novel directions to benefit children.  The research awards will help fuel early-stage, high-risk, high-reward projects not yet ready for NIH or other government funding. 

A multi-PI approach is strongly encouraged for this initiative where at least two of the lead investigators are from different disciplines. Collaborations between basic and physician scientists are particularly encouraged. Single-PI applications will be considered if the scientific rationale is compelling. Proposals should demonstrate a clear potential for the research to generate robust preliminary data for future applications to external funding agencies

The awards will provide up to 2 years of funding to support a wide range of scientific approaches with the potential to advance our understanding of pediatric IBD and celiac disease in the following areas including but not limited to:

  • Basic and clinical translational research, metabolics, biomedical informatics, chemical and systems biology, computer science and engineering. 

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Key Dates

Action Date
Request for Application October 9, 2020
LOI Deadline **EXTENDED** Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 5:00 PM PST
Full Proposal (by invitation) Deadline TBD

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM PST  (**Deadline extended**)

*Submit your letter of intent (LOI) to with the program name in the email subject line. You do not need to submit your LOI via your RPM. 

Forms for Applicants

Funding Amount

Total seed funding award is $100,000 / year for up to two years. Applicants may request support for personnel (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students, research assistants, associates, or faculty) and research-related expenses.

Funds cannot be used for student tuition or fees, computer equipment, office supplies, ITCC communications, journal subscriptions, membership dues, poster presentations, abstract submissions, or any indirect research costs.

General Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be Stanford faculty holding Clinician Educator (CE), University Tenure Line (UTL), Research (NTL-Research), or Medical Center line (MCL) positions for the duration of the award.  Visiting scholars are not eligible to serve as PI or Co-PI.  They may serve as collaborators or sub-investigators.  Applications may include co-investigators from other research organizations.

Assessment Criteria

Letters of intent and full proposals will be reviewed by the Stanford Pediatric IBD and Celiac Disease Research Awards Program Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and external peer reviewers.  Assessments will be based on the significance, innovation and approach of the proposed research; research environment and investigator team; relevance and potential impact of the research on pediatric IBD and celiac disease.

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Please contact Kim Stern at or 650-724-0279.