Jaswa Innovator Award
Call for Early Career Investigators

Deadline: August 9, 2019

“My goal is to help young scientists and engineers who have dedicated themselves to bold, high-risk research with ‘change the world’ potential…who have proven themselves to be crazy enough to keep risking everything to pursue their dream.”

— Sujay Jaswa

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.  Multidisciplinary collaboration is desired, but not required. The scholar selected will be awarded $100,000 a year for two years ($100,000 in FY19 and $100,000 in FY20) with an option for an additional $100,000 in FY 21 depending on review of progress by the award committee.

Important Dates

The deadline for submission is August 9, 2019. Recipients will be notified by September 13, 2019 with funding to begin September 15, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences early stage faculty (within 12 years of a first independent faculty appointment) with their primary appointment in Psychiatry on the Medical Center Line (MCL), University Tenure Line (UTL), Non-Tenure Line (NTL), and Clinician Educators (CE) are eligible to apply.
  • Each early stage investigator can serve as PI on only one application.
  • Multiple PI projects are permitted, but one individual must be designated as the contact PI for ease of communication. The project leader must have their primary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
  • PI waivers are not required for this funding opportunity.

Applicants should propose projects that are feasible to show progress within the award period. No-cost extensions are not permitted.

Selection Process

A broad review committee will evaluate proposals based on scientific merit, feasibility, research design and approach, likelihood to lead to future research opportunities/funding, and the strength of the PI and investigative team.


Recipients are requested to provide an interim reports at 6 month intervals, a final report at termination, and to meet with the donor. Publications resulting from the work should acknowledge the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Jaswa Innovator Award Fund. Once the recipient is selected, it is the PI’s responsibility to directly consult with Stanford’s regulatory bodies (IRB, APLAC, etc.) to ensure that the proposed project is conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines for research.  Recipients will be asked to present a poster at the June 2021 Department Retreat or at other appropriate venues. During the period of award, the recipient will be known as the Jaswa Innovator and may list this award on your CV.

Application Guidelines

By 6:00PM, August 9, 2019, please submit one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below via the online application with the file name: “LASTNAME_2019JaswaInnovator.pdf”

  1. Title Page (1-page limit):
    1.     2019 Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Fast Fail toward the Future: Jaswa Grant Call
    2. Project title
    3. Name(s), title(s), and email(s) of PI and Co-Is.
    4. Include department, school, and email of Co-Investigators (if applicable)
    5. One sentence summary of the proposal
    6. Amount of funding requested
  2. Project Proposal (3-page limit):
    Three pages including any/all figures, excluding references. Hyperlinks to relevant published papers are encouraged. Preliminary data is not required, but may be included. No appendices are allowed. Include the following:
    1. Specific Aims
    2. Research strategy, including timeline
    3. Description of potential impact
    4. Up to 5 references
  3. Budget (1-page budget and budget justification)
    The budget should reflect the period of time funds are requested and can include salary (including PI and research personnel with corresponding fringe benefits including TGP), equipment, and project supplies. The budget may not include honoraria for Stanford University faculty or staff members. Funds cannot be directed to subcontracts or to discretionary accounts. Please note that the School of Medicine has a mandatory 3% telecommunications charge on all salary. An 8% indirect cost applies.

  4. Investigator Biographies (1-page)
    Short, one paragraph biographies (<300 words) for PI, Co-Investigators, and/or key personnel should be provided. Text should include titles, academic rank, and key achievements. These can be hyperlinked to longer form University profiles.

Proposals that do not conform to the above guidelines will be returned without review.
All grants will be scored, but detailed feedback will not be provided to the applicants.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Aimee-Noelle Swanson, Ph.D.
Director of Research Development, Integrity, and Strategy
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
(650) 736-4559