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.

Faculty/Departments/Centers/Institutes: if you would like assistance with the distribution of your announcements, please contact Jeanne Heschele at

Download-Master list
Spreadsheet containing over 80 internal Stanford funding opportunities offered throughout the year:
Download list >>   Excel  (09/27/2016)

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.


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

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.
If selected, funds will be designated to reimburse travel expenses, such as round trip coach airfare, accommodations, per diem meals, ground transportation, and parking. The travel award will be available for a single trip within 6 months of the award date; travel must be completed with documentation submitted in that timeframe and within 2 months of completing the travel. All unexpended funds will be forfeited, if not spent within the 6-month period.
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 University-tenure line (UTL), Medical Center Line (MCL) , Non-tenure line-Research (NTL-R), or Clinician Educators (CE) appointments]
Questions regarding your research project: contact a co-chair of the Collaborative Committee:
Dr. David Larson at or Dr. Raj Srivastava at
Letters of intent can be submitted anytime

Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
Global Health Seed Grant

Amount of funding: $10K-$50K for 18 months
To enable multidisciplinary teams (different disciplines, departments or schools) to initiate novel research projects and/or to use new approaches to design or implement products, services, policies or programs to address health issues faced by low-resource populations. The program’s goals are to foster new relationships and create new areas of self-sustaining research.
Preference will be given to projects that have one or more of the following characteristics:
Projects that address climate change and global health
Projects that offer new solutions to improve health care implementation or delivery models
Projects that represent new interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty, fellows, postdocs, students or staff who have not previously worked together
High-impact, high-risk projects that lend themselves to implementation
Eligibility: all Stanford faculty members (including CE faculty) who are encouraged to work with fellows, postdocs, students and staff
Questions? Contact Jill Mueller at
Deadline: Oct. 5, 2016

Stanford Child Health Research Institute
Mobilize Stanford Discoveries and Expertise to Launch Healthier Lives
Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP)
Requests for Letters of Intent

Amount of funding: $100K per year x 2 years
To foster the creation and fostering of innovative, transdisciplinary child and maternal health research and training initiatives between and among the scientific communities at Stanford in the pre-­clinical, clinical, and basic sciences in the School of Medicine, engineering and areas related to bioengineering, computer science and technology, the basic and social sciences in H&S, Business, Education, Law, and Earth Sciences. For brevity, child refers to the expectant mother, oocyte, zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, child, and adolescent.
Eligibility: Stanford faculty in various schools with UTL, NTLR and MCL faculty positions. The initiative must utilize a multi-PI approach where at least two of these lead investigators are from different disciplines.
The combined multi-PI and co-PIs must have faculty from at least two different schools.
Questions? Contact Bonnie Whalen at
Letter of intent (required) deadline: Oct. 12, 2016

Stanford Nano Shared Facilities (SNSF)*
Bio/Medical Mini Seed Grants
*Note: Stanford Nano Center (SNC) & Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory (SNL) have combined to form SNSF
Amount of funding: Maximum request up to $10,000, usually $2,000 - $5,000 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.
Questions? Contact Tobi Beetz at
Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis as funds permit.

Programs for multiple positions (some include faculty)

Stanford Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and Translational Diagnostics (CCNE-TD)
Pilot Projects (RFP-CCNE-PP-C2)
Developmental Projects (RFP-CCNE-DP-C1)

Amount of Funding/Budget Information:
Pilot Projects: $25,000-$30,000 total direct costs for 10-moth duration
Developmental Projects: $50,000 for 1-year duration) in total direct costs for 1 year.
Eligibility: Both solicitations are open to faculty with PI eligibility (those with University-tenure Line (UTL), Medical Center Line (MCL), or Non-tenure Line Research faculty appointments) and Clinician Educator line (CE) faculty. (Note: CE faculty PI waivers are not required for internal funding opportunities.)
Postdoctoral scholars, Academic staff-research (i.e., basic research scientists, research associates), Clinical Instructors, and Instructors (clinical and non-clinical) are also eligible (they are required to include a PI-eligible-faculty-member as co-PI on the application).
Questions? Contact Dr. Demir Akin at or Billie Robles at
Deadline EXTENDED to: Oct. 11, 2016

Spectrum Child Health
Stanford Child Health Research Institute (SCHRI)
Grant and Postdoctoral Support Program

The Stanford Child Health Research Institute (SCHRI) Grant and Postdoctoral Support program aims to develop and support the best child and maternal health-focused and innovative clinical and translational research. All projects must be significantly related to child health. The applicant must be a pediatrician, obstetrician, a child health subspecialist or scientist who has a focus on or plans on focusing on child health research. The SCHRI Grant and Postdoctoral Support program offers child and maternal health research grants for Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Professors, and Postdoctoral Fellows in 4 categories:
Category I: Pilot Early Career ($35K) Instructors and Assistant Professors only
Category II: New Ideas for Mid/Senior Investigators ($35K) Associate Professors and Professors only
Category III: Bridge Funding ($35K) Assistant, Associate, and Professors only
Category IV: Postdoctoral Fellows* ($55K)
*Note: Clinical fellows (MD or equivalent) training in a clinical fellowship program should not apply through this mechanism (as a separate RFP was offered in February)
Note: CE faculty are not eligible for this grant program as they can apply for a separate Clinician Educator Grant Program RFP above >>.
Questions? Contact Spectrum Child Health administration at
Deadline: Oct. 3, 2016

Spectrum, the Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education
Spectrum Pilot Grants: Request for Proposals

Amount of Funding: Typical grants range between $15,000 and $50,000 per year and depend on the specific program and the individual proposal. This year Spectrum is offering double the number of awards for pilot grants accelerating clinical and translational research.
Eligibility: Stanford faculty including Clinical Educators* (CE). Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (clinical and non-clinical) are required to include a PI eligible faculty member as co-PI on the application. [*CE faculty members' applications should be focused on clinical research. CE faculty PI waivers are not needed for internal funding opportunities.]
In keeping with its core mission, Spectrum offers pilot grants for accelerating clinical and translational research (CTR) in these areas:
Spectrum Pilot Grants for Therapeutics (SPARK) more >>
Spectrum Pilot Grants for Stanford Predictives and Diagnostics Accelerator (SPADA) more >>
Spectrum Pilot Grants for Medtech (Biodesign) more >>
Spectrum Pilot Grants for Population Health Sciences (includes Community Engagement and Learning Healthcare Innovation) more >>
Questions? Contact Ashley Dunn, Spectrum Pilot Program Manager at
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2016
Overview webpage >>

EPFL--Stanford Exchange Program, funded by Firmenich
This is an international exchange opportunity is a collaboration between Stanford ChEM-H, Stanford Neurosciences Institute, and EPFL for Stanford faculty, Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral fellows.
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and Stanford University seek applicants for short-term international research exchanges funded by Firmenich. To facilitate the program, EPFL has partnered with two of Stanford University's new interdisciplinary bioscience institutes: Stanford ChEM-H (Chemistry, Engineering and Medicine) and Stanford Neurosciences Institute.
EPFL and Stanford University seek applicants for short-term (~3-month) research exchanges between these two prestigious universities. The program seeks to foster meaningful long-term collaborations between researchers at Stanford and EPFL in a variety of life science fields, with a particular emphasis on chemical biology and neuroscience.
Amount of funding: Applicants selected by the program will receive funding to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, and university visiting student/scholar fees up to $11,000 USD or 11,000 CHF for a three month program.
Eligibility: Faculty and PhD students of all levels who are in good standing at either EPFL or Stanford University are eligible to apply. Postdoctoral fellows of all levels in good standing from Stanford University are also eligible. Proposals from all areas of life science research will be considered, with some preference for projects in the areas of chemical biology and neuroscience (especially related to sensory neuroscience).
Questions? Contact: Kate Alfieri, ChEM-H at
Deadline: Oct. 14, 2016 via their online application portal webpage >>

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 Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)
Cardiovascular Imaging Postdoctoral Fellowship Training at Stanfoord (T32 Training Program)
One position is available (with a start date of Oct. 15, 2016)
This is a T32 training program funded by the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
Applications accepted anytime
Questions? Contact Ingrid Ibarra at

Cancer-Translational Nanotechnology Training (Cancer-TNT) Program
Postdoctoral Training Program

The vision of this three-year postdoctoral fellowship program is to train a new generation of scientists with the skills and educational backgrounds from engineering, chemistry, materials science, cancer biology and medicine. This program brings together 25 faculty and Departments from three schools to provide the opportunity for talented scientists to learn the intricacies of merging nanotechnology with the biological and medical sciences, specifically for the use in cancer, in addition to becoming leaders for the rapidly growing field of cancer nanotechnology
Eligibility: Applicants must hold a PhD or MD degree; must be either a US citizen or permanent resident; and
should not have more than 1 year postdoc or research industry experience prior to the start of the fellowship program
Questions? Contact Billie Robles at
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2016
Application instructions

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowships: Fall 2016 Cycle

Amount of funding: The award amount is $25,800 for one year. Funding must start on January 1, 2017, and end on December 31, 2017.
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 scholar at the time of the application deadline, additional documents must be submitted with the application (see application materials).
-The faculty sponsor must be appointed in the School of Medicine. (Acting, consulting and courtesy appointees are not eligible.)
-Awardees cannot be enrolled in a degree-granting program while funded.
-Applicants in the first one or two years of postdoctoral research training are preferred.
-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.
-Proposals for second-year funding: This is a one-year fellowship. Because of the size of the pool the committee will no longer review second year applications.
Additional Application Guidelines:
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.
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016

Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR)
Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)
Sports Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowship

To study the neurobiology of cycling-based exercise using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)
Proposals accepted on an ongoing basis. See the guidelines for eligibility.
Questions? Contact Reiko Rain Riley at

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
No current programs. See the RFPs under the above "multiple position" section.
Medical Students

No current programs.

Undergraduate Students

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