Research Management Group (RMG)

Stanford Internal Funding Opportunities:
Pilot Projects, Developmental Projects, Seed Grants,
Fellowships and Training Programs

This webpage contains internal Stanford: Pilot Grants, Developmental Projects, and Seed Grants for faculty; Postdoctoral fellowships and training programs; and Graduate Student dissertation grants and fellowships offered by Stanford departments, institutes and programs.

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Download-Master list
Spreadsheet containing over internal Stanford funding opportunities offered throughout the year:
Download list   Excel  (04/18/2019)

Institutional representatives: you do not need to submit your internal Stanford funding opportunity proposals through your institutional representative (RPM in RMG; OSR contract officer). You can submit them directly to the programs per their instructions. (PDRF forms will only be needed for PIs who are selected for funding.)


Programs Currently Accepting Applications             

Arranged by category:
For Faculty
For multiple positions (including faculty)
For Postdoctoral and/or Clinical Fellows-fellowships and training programs
For Graduate Students
For Medical Students
For Undergraduate Students

Programs For faculty

Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)
Bridge Support Program
Amount of funding: Total award is up to $100,000 ($50,000 from the MCHRI and $50,000 cost shared from the applicant’s department) for one year. One proposal per applicant is accepted each cycle. Awards will be announced four to five weeks after the deadline.  Earliest award start date is the first day of the following month from the issuance of the NOA. The performance period is for no longer than 12 months.
Purpose: This provides maternal and child health researchers up to 1 year of funding to aid in the continuation of research projects so that progress may be made to obtain renewed or replacement funding. All projects must be significantly related to the health of expectant mothers and children. The applicant must be a pediatrician, obstetrician, a child* health subspecialist, or scientist who has a focus on, or plans to focus on, child1 health research.  (*Children” or “Child” refers to expectant mothers, oocyte, zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, child, and/or adolescent.)
Eligibility: Stanford Assistant Professor or above in the following lines with CE, MCL, NTLR, NTLT, UTL faculty appointments. All applicants must have legal residence in the United States (Applicants with H or J visas are eligible). Visiting Scholars are NOT eligible
Questions? Contact: MCHRI Administration at
Deadline: May 12, 2019; September 12, 2019

Stanford Teaching Resource Initiative - ValleyCarE (STRIVE) Mini Grants
Amount of funding: $10,000/year for 2 years (total $20,000)
Purpose: The mission of the Stanford School of Medicine and SHC-ValleyCare hospital is  is to advance Stanford Health Care ValleyCare as an academic site and provide more education opportunities for students and residents/fellows as well as provide more teaching opportunities for faculty. To this end, the SOM and SHC has provided funding to create new elective rotations at SHC-ValleyCare focusing on trainee education and experience. This includes trainees of all levels including PA/medical students, residents and fellows.
Eligibility: All Stanford School of Medicine faculty who are SHC-ValleyCare credentialed are encouraged to apply.  Faculty include all tracks (Clinical Educator, Junior/Senior faculty) and advanced practice providers. Questions? Contact Dr. Kathleen Jia at
Deadline: May 15, 2019 

Intermountain-Stanford 2019 Collaboration Grants
Request for Proposals
Amount of funding: The Committee is interested in funding projects of various sizes, up to a maximum of $100,000 for a 1-year period.
Eligibility: for Intermountain-Stanford project teams consisting of paired Principal Investigators (Co-PIs):
-one PI from Stanford University School of Medicine-with University Tenure Line (UTL), Medical Center Line (MCL), Non-Tenure Line Research (NTLR) and Clinician Educator (CE) faculty appointments (with an approved CE faculty PI waiver)
-one PI from Intermountain Healthcare, who have jointly written a project proposal in their shared discipline of interest.
Purpose: As an integrated health system, Intermountain Healthcare has a vision to be a model health system by providing evidence-based clinical care and superior service at an affordable cost. Intermountain Healthcare has a strong performance improvement history in key clinical programs that cross the spectrum of care (primary care through tertiary care) with a mission of “helping people live the healthiest lives possible.”
The program seeks to promote effective collaborative partnerships between investigative teams at the two institutions who can complement each others’ strengths. While the spectrum of the types of research that will be considered is broad, proposals for projects that advance the science of healthcare delivery will be prioritized. Ideal projects would use the principles of implementation science to test dissemination of best practices, demonstrate practical applicability, involve frontline staff, and show clear potential for expansion in scale and scope.
Questions?  Contact
Internal deadline:   May 31, 2019, 5 p.m. PDT

Intermountain-Stanford Collaboration Grants
Requests for Letters of intent for Travel Award
Purposes: to foster affiliation between Intermountain Healthcare and Stanford Medicine by providing travel support for investigators to further explore potential areas of collaboration and joint investigation with designated contacts at the other organization. The application process is meant to be as easy as possible to facilitate rapid collaboration between investigators at the two institutions. 
Eligibility: Potential Principal Investigators, either from Stanford Medicine** or Intermountain Healthcare, can submit a letter of intent for travel support to further explore collaborations, which may lead to a joint research proposal. [**Stanford School of Medicine faculty with UTL, MCL, NTLR or CE appts.]
Questions regarding your research project: please contact
Letters of intent
can be submitted anytime

Stanford Nano Shared Facilities (SNSF)
Bio/Medical Mini Seed Grants

Amount of funding: Maximum request up to $5,000, usually $2,000 - $3,000 in direct cost.
The objective of the Bio/Medical Mini Seed Grants for the SNSF is to encourage new users and new methodologies within the SNSF. Much of the groundbreaking research happens where different fields, technology and knowledge come together. SNSF is particularly interested in:
- supporting the application of our existing toolset to bio/medical research areas
- development of new techniques with our existing tool base to advance bio/medical research
Eligibility: Stanford University faculty holding University, Research, or Medical Center line positions. Preference will be given to new users of the Nano Shared Facilities (SNSF).
Questions? Contact Tobi Beetz at
Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis as funds permit.

Programs for multiple positions (some include faculty)

Stanford Health Policy
The Rosenkranz Prize

Amount of the prize: US$100,000 over a two-year period.
The Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize is awarded to a young Stanford researcher whose work aims to improve health care in the developing world. The prize is not simply a financial resource—it will also give its recipients an incubating network as they develop their careers. 
Eligibility: intended for young Stanford researchers — research associates, postdoctoral students, Assistant Professors, Instructors — whose work focuses on improving health care access in the developing world. The recipient can come from the disciplines of science, engineering, medicine, health policy, environmental and earth sciences, political science, economics, law, business, the humanities, or from any multidisciplinary partnership that combines these disciplines. All applicants must be enrolled in or employed by Stanford during the duration of the two-year award.
Questions?  Contact Francesca Apalis at
Deadline:  April 19, 2019, 5 p.m.

Stanford Aging & Ethnogeriatrics Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (SAGE) Scientist Training Program
Call for Applications
Amount of funding:
Up to $30,000 per year. 
Purpose: The SAGE Scientist Training Program aims to (1)enhance aging research using emerging methodologies, (2) foster research on minority populations, (3) and increase involvement of underrepresented groups in aging research. Awardees will participate in research training on issues pertaining to minorities and disparities research, aging research, grant writing, and in training opportunities offered by the National Institute on Aging. Awardees will also conduct a mentored research project using emerging methodologies (such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and other big data techniques, virtual reality, wearables, digital interventions or precision medicine approaches) to answer key questions in the aging arena.
Eligibility:  Junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and Instructors at Stanford University and affiliated institutions (e.g. VA Palo Alto, Palo Alto University)
Questions? Direct research questions to VJ Periyakoil, MD at  and administrative questions to Ashley Dunn, MPH at
Application Due: Thursday, April 25, 2019

2019 Spectrum 
MedTech Pilot Grants: Request for Proposals  just released
Amount of funding:  up to $50,000 for 1 year  
Purpose: to fund projects involving medical devices and mobile technologies used for (1) therapeutic applications and (2) device-based patient-specific (or POC) diagnostic applications. Projects must have the objective of translating discoveries into novel medtech products that address unmet medical needs. Emphasis will be placed on technologies that have the potential to advance rapidly into patient care through development by venture funded startups, licensing to established companies, or other pathways. Only projects involving Stanford-owned intellectual property will be considered.
-Stanford faculty with PI eligibility (with UTL, MCL, NTLR faculty appointments)
-Clinical Educator (CE) faculty, Clinical Instructors, Instructors, Graduate students and Post-doctoral scholars (clinical and non-clinical) are required to include a PI-eligible faculty member as co-PI on the application.
Questions? Contact Program Manager Ashley Dunn, MPH at
Deadline: May 1, 2019
See this Stanford Seed Funding webpage for more information on how to apply.

Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (CHRI)
Instructor K-awards Support Program

Purpose: The Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) intends to support early career investigators who pursue an NIH K-award. The CHRI recognizes that this NIH award series provides substantial salary support but limited research funding. It is the purpose of the CHRI award to bolster this shortfall in research support to expand the number of future academic leaders in maternal and child health.  
Amount of funding: Support provides supplemental support for Instructors on individual K-awards by providing 1:1 matching funds from the instructor’s department funds innovative maternal and child health-focused clinical and translational research for:
Instructors – ($50,000* per year for up to 2 years**)
- *MCHRI will match departmental commitments of up to $25,000 per year, providing a total combined CHRI/departmental support of up to $50,000 per year for up to two years** as long as the recipient is an instructor at Stanford 
- MCHRI will provide a LOS stating this commitment for instructor’s applying for K grants. The recipient may either include this in the K application or the Department Chair can include a CHRI approved statement in the letter documenting institutional support.
** Eligibility is limited to the 1st two years of funding on the K-award.
General eligibility: Be an Instructor applying for, or currently funded by an individual K-award
Be a member of CHRI. Visit here to apply for CHRI Membership.
Have a track record of focusing the majority of research on maternal and child health
Types of research:  Research must be primarily related to maternal or child health. These terms refer to the expectant mother, oocyte, zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, child and adolescent. All areas of research are eligible: basic, translational, clinical research, epidemiology/statistics, informatics, health services, or health policy
Note: For those within their 1st two years of funding on an already existing individual K-award, please contact the CHRI Administration for further information.
Questions? Contact: MCHRI Administration at
2019 deadlines:  May 12, 2019, Sept. 12, 2019

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
Education energy Catalyst Grants

Amount of funding: up to $1,500 per class per quarter
Eligibility: these grants are available to faculty, lecturers, academic staff members, and students in any department or school and aim to cultivate interdisciplinary thinking and introduce or deepen students’ knowledge around sustainable energy concepts. These grants can be used to support class trips; bring in guest lecturers; purchase materials for demonstrations or projects; and support student led research.
Questions? Contact Danica Sarlya at
Applications are accepted year round. Funds are limited; apply early.

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
Innovation Transfer Grants
Amount of funding:
Proposals will generally be limited to grants under $50,000. Grantees that make significant progress toward validating the commercial viability of their invention can apply to renew their funding at a higher level. For more commercially advanced proposals larger amounts may be granted but only with significant budgetary justification. These grants are designed to help inventors bridge the gap between research and commercialization through the development of prototypes, market research, business plan refinement, and other activities that assist in the externalization of Stanford sustainable energy innovations.
Eligibility: Awarded to Stanford teams, in collaboration with a Stanford Faculty mentor, for terms of 3 to 12 months.
Award amounts based on the level of the commercial validation.
Questions? Contact Danica Sarlya at
Rolling applications accepted year-round; funds are limited.

Programs for Postdoctoral and/or Clinical Fellows

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
The Katharine McCormick Committee to Support Women in Academic Medicine Advanced Postdoctoral Scholar Fellowships just released
The Katharine McCormick Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowships are for advanced postdoctoral scholars who are pursuing faculty careers in academic medicine. The program aims to provide a bridge of the gap of support for advanced postdoctoral trainees who are competitive, yet have not yet been selected, for faculty positions. 
Only individuals who are currently appointed as Postdoctoral Scholars at Stanford University are eligible to apply.
The applicant may be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or foreign national. Foreign scholars must be holders of J1 visas; holders of H1B, TN, O-1 or other visas are ineligible.
The scholar's faculty mentor must have a primary appointment in the School of Medicine.  Acting, consulting and courtesy faculty are not eligible. Commitment on the part of the applicant and his/her faculty mentor to hold monthly mentorship meetings and focus on topics related to the job search process and starting out as an assistant professor.
Candidate’s willingness to make a presentation of their work to a large scientific audience.  A progress report is required at the end of the fellowship.
Application Deadline: May 9, 2019, by 11:59 PM (Pacific time)

Stanford ChEM-H
2019 ChEM-H Postdocs at the Interface
Call for Proposals  just released
Amount of funding: Each seed grant will provide $50,000 in direct cost funding for a one-year period. These funds may be used for salary, benefits, and/or laboratory supplies. 
Stanford ChEM-H is soliciting seed grant proposals from the Stanford community of postdoctoral researchers for exploratory projects that align with the Institute’s mission. Successful proposals will combine the complementary expertise of two or more postdoctoral researchers (including Ph.D. holders, M.D. residents and M.D. clinical fellows) who seek to collaboratively explore a potentially transformative new idea with the support of their mentors. Collaborations that bridge chemistry or engineering with the biomedical sciences or medicine are of particular interest to ChEM-H. Basic research and translational research proposals are welcome. 
Through this funding mechanism, ChEM-H seeks to support new, original research projects that facilitate new collaborations between postdocs. In the spirit of the award, we will only accept project proposals that have not previously been submitted for internal or external funding. 
Questions? Contact Dr. Kate Alfieri at
Deadline: June 10, 2019

Department of Anesthesiology-Division of Pain Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Research Training in Pain and/or Substance Use Disorders(NIH NIDA T32 supported)
NIH NIDA T32 two-year training program for MD/PhD, MD and PhD postdoctoral researchers in pain and/or substance abuse disorder research. See the guidelines for additional information.
Questions? Contact Sara Miller at
Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis

VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
Postdoctoral fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics 

The GRECC is accepting applications for a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics. The goal of the Fellowship is to develop outstanding academic and/or health care leaders in geriatrics. GRECC researchers investigate a range of aging research areas spanning basic mechanisms of aging metabolism and diseases of aging, including Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, to applied clinical and health services research in chronic kidney disease and technology-delivered mental health interventions.
We have an opening for an associated health fellow or physician fellow in 2019. Preference will be given to associated health fellows.
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have completed a Ph.D. in a field relevant to health services. 
Questions?  Contact Manjula Tamura, MD, MPH, at or Christine Gould, PhD, ABPP, at
Applications should include (1) Statement of interest describing your research experience and identifying potential mentors; (2) CV; and (3) Three letters of reference and should be sent to Christine Gould at
Deadline: open until filled
Download a PDF file of the brochure:

Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR)
VA Medical Informatics Fellowship

Fellows are offered an opportunity to combine formal training in Medical Informatics with research applying Medical Informatics to areas of relevance to the VA health care system.
Eligibility: applicants must be U.S. citizens who have completed an MD and accredited residency or a Ph.D. in computer sciences, medical informatics, decision sciences, economics, or related fields.
Applications accepted anytime

Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR)
Research Training in Child Psychiatry and Development

Two year NIH NIMH T32 training program for Ph.D. and M.D. postdoctoral researchers
Questions? Contact Reiko Rain Riley at
No specific deadline

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