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  (10/18/2018)

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 ChEM-H (Chemistry, Engineering, & Medicine for Human Health)
Testing Molecular Hypotheses in Human Subjects
Call for Proposals
Purpose: Stanford ChEM-H is issuing a call for proposals from small teams of clinicians and molecular scientists/engineers who seek to undertake exploratory studies involving human subjects.Through this funding mechanism, ChEM-H seeks to support collaborative projects that will test a molecular hypothesis in human subjects or validate the utility of a new tool in the diagnosis or management of a disease. Each proposal must identify at least one clinical and one laboratory-based co-investigator. 
Each application must identify at least one clinical and one laboratory-based co-investigator
Stanford faculty with UTL, MCL, NTLR and CE faculty** appointments.
**Since the program is likely quite labor intensive for the clinical partner, CE faculty should provide a note from their Chair or Division Chief with their application stating that the Department/Division will cover salary support for time devoted to the project. 
Amount of funding: 
Support will be provided in the form of either or both of the following: (1) up to $25,000 in direct costs for study-related expenses; (2) the time of the ChEM-H clinical research coordinator (CRC). Applications requesting any form of allowable support will be considered equally. CRC support does not count toward the $25,000 grant. Faculty and clinician time cannot be supported on this award. Support requested beyond $25,000 must be extensively justified and cannot be used to support personnel expenses. These are university research awards.
Questions? Contact Dr. Katherine Alfieri, Stanford ChEM-H Scientific Program Manager at
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018

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-EXTENDED:  Nov. 2, 2018
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.
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 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.  The Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) Instructor K-awards Support provides supplemental support for instructors onindividual 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**)
- *CHRI 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 
- CHRI 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.
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: CHRI Administration (, 650-724-6891)
2019 deadlines:  Jan. 12, 2019, 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 Helena Anna Henzl-Gabor Young Women in Science Fund For Postdoctoral Scholars Travel Gran
Amount of funding: Awards may be given in amounts up to $2,000 based on the detailed expenses submitted. Total awards given and funding levels may vary depending on the size and strength of the applicant pool. Please Note: Awards will not be made on a retroactive basis (i.e., for meetings attended prior to December 1st of this award cycle).
Eligibility:The Henzl-Gabor Travel Grant is open to both men and women who are currently appointed Postdoctoral Research Scholars in the School of Medicine and School of Humanities & Sciences (see guidelines for additional criteria). Applicants must have completed an MD or PhD degree within the past six years of fund application submission. Applicants must be US Citizens, permanent residents or naturalized citizens and already be appointed in a Stanford postdoc position by the application deadline.
Research and scientific activities of applicants should be in the areas of human biology, chemistry, pharmacology, or medicine. Preference given to research involving oncology, specifically mechanisms of tumor growth, development of metastases, and the effects of nutrition on development of neoplastic processes.
Questions? For questions regarding this travel grant, please click here to use Stanford' HelpSU system to submit your inquiry.
Deadline: Oct. 22, 2018

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowships: Fall 2018 Application Cycle
The award amount is $30,000 for one year.
The purpose of these fellowships is to encourage and support young investigators for the first one or two years of postdoctoral (Ph.D. or M.D.) research training. Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded to full-time postdoctoral scholars in the School of Medicine whose research is in the labs of the School or PAVAMC.
The applicant must be appointed as a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford University School of Medicine at the time the award begins.  If the applicant is not an appointed postdoctoral scholar at the time of the application deadline, additional documents must be submitted with the application.
-Foreign fellows must have visas that allow stipend support (typically a J-1 & F-1 OPT). H1-B and TN visa holders are not eligible.  Citizenship is not a selection factor.
-The faculty sponsor must be appointed in the School of Medicine.  (Acting, consulting and courtesy appointees are not eligible.)
-Faculty members may not have more than one funded Dean's Fellow at a time, except for Assistant Professors who may have two funded scholars at the same time.
-A faculty member may not serve as mentor/sponsor on more than one fellowship application per cycle.  This applies to Assistant Professors as well
-Foreign fellows must have visas that allow stipend support (typically a J-1 & F-1 OPT). H1-B and TN visa holders are not eligible.  Citizenship is not a selection factor.
See the guidelines for other criteria.
Contact: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs - click here to submit an inquiry about this fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 24, 2018

Mechanisms and Innovations in Vascular Disease T32 Training Grant
Cardiovascular Institute

Source of funds: NIH T32 training grant
This program trains a total of six fellows over two years through the NIH T32 training grant "Mechanisms & Innovation in Vascular Disease" 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. Twenty-nine faculty mentors from eighteen different departments within the School of Medicine and the University provide a variety of angles from which to address fundamental questions about vascular disease.
Eligibility: Check to make sure you meet the following eligibility requirements (as per NIH policy) listed below:
1) You must be a US citizen or permanent resident
2) You 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
3) You must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree by the start of training.
4) During the fellowship MD fellows are limited to 10% clinical effort.
Questions? Contact David Preston,, 650-725-7964
Deadlines (rolling): For start date:
Dec. 1, 2018 (one slot) apply by Oct. 28

Stanford Cancer Institute
2019 Fellowship Awards-Call for Applications
In keeping with its core mission to also train the next generation of cancer researchers, the SCI offers funding to cancer research fellows at Stanford University. The SCI seeks to increase the number of clinical, laboratory, and population researchers, who are carrying out cancer research with applicability to the basic biology, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer or to the quality of life of cancer patients, and to enable trainees to complete their cancer research training while applying for extramural support.
Award funding provides salary and fringe benefits support to individuals who are highly motivated to pursue a career in cancer research, and to facilitate their transition to faculty positions.
individuals who have completed their clinical or post-doctoral training and are pursuing clinical, laboratory, or population-based research projects with direct cancer relevance at Stanford University. These individuals are in the final year of their residency, completing a post-doctoral fellowship (PhD), or are at the completion of their 2-3 year clinical fellowship experience.
Internal SCI deadline: Nov. 19, 2019

Center for Health Policy/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? Stanford contact Francesca Apalis at
Applications accepted anytime

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.
Questions? Contact Soka Keo 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

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