Seed grants available for Ebola-related projects

Stanford faculty, students and staff are eligible for the grants, which must be multidisciplinary in nature and include at least two individuals from different disciplines at the university.

To help contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa, Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health is offering seed grants of between $25,000 and $50,000 for research projects aimed at improving patient care and monitoring trends in the epidemic.

"We are hoping that these innovation grants will build upon our Ebola brainstorming session, which involved participants from all the schools at Stanford and created cross-dialogue about bottlenecks in tackling the Ebola epidemic," said center director Michele Barry, MD, professor of medicine and senior associate dean for global health.

Stanford faculty, students and staff are eligible for the grants, which must be multidisciplinary in nature and include at least two individuals from different disciplines at the university. Proposals could involve development of new diagnostics, repurposing of drugs for treating Ebola, novel methods of hydrating patients, innovative design models for vaccine and drug trials and new, less burdensome designs for personal protective gear for health-care workers.

The grants could also be applied to broader issues related to the epidemic, such as epidemic modeling and mapping, biosurveillance, the role of governance in the disease spread and issues of health policy and health communications. 

Proposals must be submitted by Dec. 10. Submissions should include a project goal and potential outcome, budget, timeline and biographies of all team members. Submit proposals to Andrea Sprockett at andrea.sprockett@stanford.edu. For more information, visit the center's website.


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