Department Funding Opportunities

Departmental Innovator Grant Program

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Small Grant Program, launched in 2015, 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. 

Jaswa Innovator Award Call for Early Career Investigators

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce requests for proposals for the Jaswa Innovator Award Call.  New paradigms are needed to treat neuropsychiatric disorders. Innovation, and sometimes failure, is part of the pathway to success.  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. Projects grounded in highly-innovative computer science, artificial intelligence, and/or robust computational models are encouraged. 

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.   

Research Translation Accelerator Program (RTAP)

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University announces a request for applications for a new philanthropically-driven research program. The goal of this program is to advance the transfer of the most innovative high risk-high reward ideas from Stanford Psychiatry faculty, out of the lab and into the broader world. Existing efforts in early-stage or content-driven philanthropy, and peer-reviewed external grants (e.g., from the NIH), leave unaddressed the transformative opportunity to drive scientific projects for scale outside of the typical academic path. The Department will feature selected RTAP proposals at the next BrainMind Summit (, scheduled for October 2019 at Stanford. RTAP projects should result in transformative improvements in mental health, and with high potential for commercial implementation.

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.