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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Spreadsheet containing over internal Stanford funding opportunities offered throughout the year:
Download list >>  Excel  (07/07/2017)

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

Programs For faculty

The Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection (ITI)
Center for Human Systems Immunology (CHSI)
(with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
Pilot Projects

Amount of funding: Successful applicants will receive $50K-100K (total direct) for one year with a possible second year of funding given sufficient progress.
Eligibility: This RFP is open to all Stanford faculty with PI eligibility (with MCL, UTL, and NTL-Research appointments). Proposals from PIs in engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, biochemistry and computational biology are strongly encouraged.
Purpose: The Center for Human Systems Immunology, in the Institute of Immunity, Transplantation and Infection, with funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to solicit applications for pilot projects. These projects should aim to advance the global health priorities of the foundation in the areas of HIV, TB, Malaria, and other diseases in the developing world. OR the development of novel technologies that can be applied to those diseases and the immune responses to them.
There are three general categories for this funding:
-Innovative technologies including major improvements on existing methods that are, or can be, applied to understanding the immune response to a major infectious disease of global health relevance. This may apply to the direct analysis of subjects with active disease or vaccine candidates, or both, as well as to the development of disease models optimized to most closely mimic natural human infections, the better to understand and develop interventions for particular infectious diseases.
-Innovative analytical tools and algorithms to serve as visualization, analytic and data sharing resources for global health studies involving the generation of high dimensional immune and related biological data. This includes novel approaches designed to increase the power of data mining and predictive modeling that can be readily applied to natural history or vaccine efficacy studies.
-Studies of established cohorts that apply technologies and methods to both new and ongoing studies, or to the analysis of banked samples. Proposals should be designed with the intent to expand the network of investigators working on global health problems, and/or enhance the power of current studies and future areas of need. (Funds cannot be used to start or maintain a clinical or cohort study.)
Questions? Contact Michele King at
Letter of intent deadline: July 19, 2017, 5 p.m.

Stanford Center for Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics (PHIND)
PHIND Pilot Projects Individual project (seed funding)
Request for Applications

Amount of funding: up to $50K (seed funding) in direct costs for a one-year duration. No indirect funds are provided. The Center plans to fund seven to ten single PI pilot projects
Eligibility (REVISED*): Any investigator (faculty) with PI Eligibility (with UTL, MCL, NTLR appts.) and *CE faculty at Stanford may apply. (CE faculty PI waivers are not needed.)
All applications, regardless of their past or present relationship to the Stanford PHIND program, will undergo the same level of scrutiny before being identified as an appropriate Pilot Project.
Purpose: The Center for Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics (PHIND), is soliciting new Pilot Projects from new or established investigators. The vision of PHIND is to bring together researchers from various disciplines to form synergistic teams that will make significant advances in developing: (1) data analytics for risk assessment, (2) biomarkers for the transition from health to disease, and (3) wearable/home monitoring devices or related PHIND areas.
The ideal project topics:
-Fundamental studies on the biology of disease initiation/progression to understand the earliest transitions from healthy humans, organs and cells to the diseased state
-Biomarker research to study the molecules that indicate healthy states and early signs of disease
-Diagnostic technology and information to accurately monitor and detect health changes early, such as collecting and analyzing information from multiple sources on the body and/or in the home, office or wider community
The focus of PHIND is on precision health not medicine, thus therapeutics or experimental drugs, are not suitable for this solicitation. For clarification, please download this PDF file >>.
Question/contact? Applicants are welcome to discuss their research plans in preparation for response to this solicitation with Dr. Ryan Spitler (Deputy Director, PHIND) who can be reached by email at
Deadline: July 30, 2017
Application Guidelines (including cover page)

Diabetes Research Center
Pilot and Feasibility Projects

Amount of funding: Applicants may request up to $50,000 in direct costs for one or two year duration of the administrative supplements under this program. Most Pilot and Feasibility Projects will be a one-year project and continuation of a project beyond its first year will be contingent upon the success of the previous year.
-Stanford or VA faculty with UTL, MCL, NTLR and CE faculty* appointments with M.D., M.D./PhD. and Ph.D. degrees. [CE faculty PI waivers are not required.]
-Each applicant must have at least two years of full-time laboratory/clinical research experience after receiving the advanced degree.
-Applications from established investigators new to diabetes research are also encouraged.
Preference will be given to:
1) younger investigators: Assistant Professors (with a UTL, MCL, NTLR, CE faculty appts) who have a high potential for extramural funding in the near future and to become independent investigators;
2) applications that focus on translational studies of diabetes prevention and control; and
3) applications that involve a collaborative component between the laboratories of Stanford investigators.
Questions? Applicants are welcome to discuss their plans in response to this solicitation. Please direct these inquiries to Dr. Fredric Kraemer at or Dr. David Maahs at
Expression of intent (required) deadline: Aug. 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m.
Full proposal Internal deadline: Sept. 1, 2017, 5 p.m.

Departments of Neurosurgery and Pathology
Parkinson’s Disease Seed Grant: Funding in the area of basic, translational or clinical research related to Parkinson’s Disease

Amount of funding: Funding will be up to $200,000 over 2 years. We expect to fund 1 proposal
Eligibility: Stanford faculty with UTL, MCL, NTLR and CE faculty appointments. Note: CE faculty PI waivers
are not required.
Funding must be used to form collaborations between basic science and clinical science faculty.
It is expected that these early stage projects will lead to additional external support and be
developed into longer term, collaborative, comprehensive research projects.
Questions? Contact: Kristy Verhines at
Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017
Download a PDF file of the guidelines

Intermountain-Stanford Collaboration Grants
Requests for Letters of intent for Travel Award
The purpose of the Intermountain Healthcare-Stanford Collaboration Travel Grant Program is 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.
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)

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Suicide Prevention through Outreach (SPOt)-Request for Proposals

Amount and Period of Funding:
Applicants can request up to $10,000 for exploratory, smaller projects or up to $30,000 for larger proposals. No indirect or infrastructure costs are provided. Funding will start September 18, 2017 and be available for one year.
Purpose: 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 invites applications for special projects focused on suicide prevention among youth in our community.
They are looking to fund projects that address:
(1) Understanding and strengthening the wellbeing of young men in the community while also potentially decreasing suicide risk, and
(2) Improving ways the media addresses mental health issues.
Proposals should address at least one of the two concerns above. Projects can be comprised of research, education, training, outreach and dissemination, or other scopes with significant proposed impact.
-Stanford faculty with Medical Center (MCL), University (UTL), Non-Tenure (NTL), Clinician Educators (CE faculty PI waivers are not required).
-Clinical Instructors, and Instructors are invited to apply.
-We welcome applications from all schools. At least one PI must be a School of Medicine faculty or Instructor.
-Each faculty member and Instructor can serve as PI on only one application.
-Graduate students, residents, fellows, and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to apply with the leadership of a Stanford-affiliated, PI-eligible faculty or Instructor mentor.
Questions? Contact Aimee-Noelle Swanson a
Deadline: July 21, 2017

Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)
[co-sponsored by Child Health Research Institute (CHRI)]
Seed Grants

Amount of funding: $15,000-$40,000 for 1 year
To ignite innovative cardiovascular research projects that contributes to basic or clinical understanding of cardiovascular diseases.We encourage projects that: initiate new areas of pediatric and obstetric related research, development of new methods or technology for heart and vascular biology, and bresearch projects on sudden cardiac death.
Eligibility: Stanford faculty and Instructor members of the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI). Only one proposal per PI/Instructor are permitted. To become a member of CVI, please go to this webpage >>
Questions? Contact Hana Lee at
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2017

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research on Lyme Disease: Seed Grant Opportunity
Request for Proposals

Amount of funding: in this initial year of the program, there will be three levels of funding of $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000 for proposed projects.  Please note that no indirect or infrastructure costs are provided. Funding for awarded projects will start October 31, 2017 and will be available for one year.
Purpose: The Stanford Lyme Working Group is pleased to announce a new seed grant program 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.  Seed grant proposals may focus on any aspect of Lyme Disease, including (but not limited to) mechanistic studies, clinical treatment approaches and best practices, analyses of existing datasets, strategies for public and clinical education, and translation of evidence into public policy. 
Applicants should propose small projects that are feasible, may be completed within one year, and have promise to advance understanding in the field of Lyme Disease.  Multi-PI projects are permitted, but one individual must be designated as the project leader.
-Stanford faculty on the Medical Center Line (MCL), University Tenure Line (UTL), and Non-Tenure Line (NTL), Clinician Educators (CE), Clinical Instructors, and Instructors are invited to apply.  [Please note that PI waivers are not required for this funding opportunity.]
-We welcome applications from all schools on our campus. At least one Principal Investigator must be a School of Medicine faculty member or Instructor
-Each faculty member and Instructor can serve as Principal Investigator on only one application associated with this announcement.
-Graduate students, residents, fellows, and postdoctoral scholars are invited to apply for the $10,000 funding level.
Questions? Contact Aimee-Noelle Swanson a
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2017

Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI)
Clinician Educator (CE) Grants Program

Amount of funding: up to $25,000 for one year
Eligibility: Must have a Clinician Educator appointment: CE faculty-Clinical Assist., Assoc. & Full professors and Clinical Instructors. [PI waivers are not required.]
All applicants must have or plan on having a focus on maternal child health research, or wish to expand their interest in maternal child health research
All applicants must have legal residence in the United States. (Applicants with H or J visas are eligible).
Visiting Scholars are not eligible.
Types of Research: Research must be primarily related to maternal child health. Child refers to the expectant mother, oocyte, zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, child, and/or adolescent. The following areas of research are eligible: Patient-oriented research; Epidemiological and behavioral studies; Outcomes research and health services research
Questions? Contact
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2017

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
Education energyCatalyst Grants

Amount of funding: up to $1,500 per class per quarter
Eligibility: These grants are awarded to faculty and academic staff members and aim to cultivate interdisciplinary thinking and introduce sustainable energy concepts and opportunities to Stanford students, through fieldtrips, guest speakers, demonstrations, or other activities.
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 innovation.
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

Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Interdisciplinary Scholar Award (Postdoctoral fellowship)
Funding is guaranteed for the first of a two year award period. Funding starts on January 1, 2017. A second year of funding will be awarded based on a progress report submitted towards the end of the first year.
Funding is restricted to support investigative activities that are focused in the interdisciplinary neurosciences, which may include basic science, translational and applied science, and the social sciences, and that are conducted under the direction of a Stanford University faculty member.
The applicant must be appointed as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University at the time the award begins. (see the guidelines) Applicants must hold an MD, a PhD and/or a DVM/VMD degree(s).
The faculty mentor/sponsor must be appointed at Stanford University. Acting and consulting appointees are not eligible to be sponsors. A co-sponsor is not required. If a co-sponsor is included in the project, he/she must have a faculty appointment at Stanford. Acting and consulting appointees are not eligible to be co-sponsors.
Faculty sponsors and co-sponsors must be Stanford Neurosciences Institute Faculty Affiliates. Any interested Stanford faculty member is invited to JOIN the neurosciences institute
Foreign scholars may have J-1 (receiving stipends) or H1B visas (receiving salary). Citizenship is not a selection factor.
A faculty sponsor may not have more than one funded Neurosciences Institute fellow at a time.
A faculty member may sponsor one (1) application and/or serve as a co-sponsor on no more than two (2) applications per cycle.
A co-sponsor is not required. However, having a co-sponsor from a different field is one way to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the project.
(See the guidelines for additional criteria)
Questions? Contact Roula El-Asmar at
Deadline: Aug. 28, 2017

Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)
Mechanisms and Innovations in Vascular Disease T32 Training Grant

Co-directors: Ronald Dalman, MD, and Philip Tsao, PhD
One-position available.
This program trains fellows in the following areas of vascular medicine & research: Vascular Reactivity & Thrombosis, Vascular Regeneration & Development, Metabolic or Lifestyle Influences on Vascular Outcomes, Proteomic Markers & Genetic Determinants of Vascular Disease, Gender & Ethnicity Differences in Vascular Disease, and Vascular Bioengineering.
Eligibility: applicants must: have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree by the start of training; be a US citizen or permanent resident, and must not have already received more than two years of post-doctoral funding from NIH training grants (e.g., T32, NRSA) in order to be eligible for this award
Questions? Contact David Preston at, 650-725-7964
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2017 (for a position starting Dec. 1, 2017)

Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)
Multi-disciplinary Training Program in Cardiovascular Imaging at Stanford T32 Training Grant

Co-directors: Joseph Wu, MD, PhD, John M. Pauly, PhD and Koen Nieman, M.D., Ph.D.
Two-positions available.
This program, funded by theNIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, is designed to train the next generation of CV imaging investigators by exposing them to three complementary areas – clinical, engineering, and molecular imaging
Eligibility: MD, PhD, or MD/PhD graduates; must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Questions? Contact David Preston:, 650-725-7964
Deadlines: Nov. 15, 2017 (for a position starting Dec. 1, 2018)

Center for Health Policy (CHP)/ Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR )
VA Fellowship in Health Services Research and Development
This program seeks to train physicians and postdoctoral fellows who will become leaders in health services research and primary care research and education. The primary focus of the program is to provide the research skills needed for a career in academic medicine.
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have completed an M.D. and accredited residency or a Ph.D. in a field relevant to health services.
Questions? Contact Nicole Feldman at
Applications accepted anytime

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

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.
Questions? Contact Nicole Feldman at
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

Department of Anesthesiology-Division of Pain Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Research Training in Pain and/or Substance Abuse Disorders-T32 Program
NIH NIDA T32 2 year training program for M.D./Ph.D., M.D. and Ph.D. 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

NIH/NHLBI Funded Stanford Career Development Program in ‘Omics’ of Lung Diseases (K12)
This NIH NHLBI K12 institutional training program) has a major focus on pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Our goal is to equip the next cadre of MD and PhD scientists with interdisciplinary and bioinformatic skills to integrate new high throughput genomic, proteomic and metabolomic platforms.
Eligibility: Applicants must have an M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or Ph.D., or an equivalent degree.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents
Questions? Contact Michelle Fox at
Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please contact Michelle Fox for details.

Graduate Students

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Medical Students

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