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Internal Department Funding Opportunities

Research on Lyme Disease: Seed Grant Opportunity

The Stanford Lyme Working Group announced a new seed grant program in 2017 to advance research and innovation in Lyme Disease.  The seed grant program seeks to broadly stimulate research on Lyme Disease, with the goals of sparking new means of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the condition and of examining the impact of Lyme Disease in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.  

Departmental Innovator Grant Program

Launched in 2015, this program was designed to promote research and collaborative scholarly projects advancing the academic interests of our faculty and the strategic themes of our department.  Rebranded as the Departmental Innovator Grant Program in 2018, awards include Pilot Studies in novel scientific areas that have high potential to lead to competitive grant applications and Small Scholarly Projects related to education, clinical care, community outreach, and health systems issues, such as health care quality.

Trainee Innovator Grants Program

Launched in 2020, this program is designed to supplement existing opportunities for trainees in our department to pursue their personal research, scholarly, and professional development interests while reinforcing the department’s commitment to our five missions. Priority areas for FY21 Trainee Innovator Grants Program include projects focused innovation in education, equity and social justice, health disparities, inclusive mentorship, telehealth innovation, and the mental health topics related to the suicide crisis, opioid epidemic, and COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty Professional & Leadership Development Awards Program

Launched in 2020, this pilot program is intended to support the career development of early and mid-career faculty in our department who exhibit particular promise in advancing into leadership roles in academic medicine. Priority areas for FY21 Faculty Professional & Leadership Development Awards include projects focused on equity and social justice, health disparities, professional wellbeing, ethics and professionalism, communication skills, and financial and administrative skills.

Research Translation Accelerator Program (RTAP)

The Research Translation Accelerator Program (RTAP) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is one example of how institutional and philanthropic support drives the incubation and transfer of the most innovative ideas out of the lab and into the broader world through commercial translation. RTAP was established to fill a critical funding gap by creating a bridge between academic research and commercial implementation. This bridge unleashes great potential to make transformative improvements in mental health and wellbeing.

Jaswa Innovator Award for Early Career Investigators

The Jaswa Innovator Award is designed for early stage investigators (within 12 years of a first independent faculty appointment) who are interested in high-risk, fast-fail projects developing new technologies and platforms that may lead to better understanding, diagnosis and/or treatment of mental health disorders. We will soon announce selection of the inaugural recipient of the Jaswa Innovator Award for early career investigators.

Suicide Prevention through Outreach (SPOt)

The Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, in collaboration with the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and the Stanford Medicine Child Health Research Institute, invited applications for special projects focused on suicide prevention among youth in our community in 2017 and 2018. We sought innovative and collaborative projects for each category that are responsive to the CDC report and the need to provide resources and support for our local and regional community.

In October of 2017 and 2018, the program awarded faculty seed grants for special projects focused on suicide prevention among youth in our community.