Research Management Group (RMG)

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

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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  (updated 08/19/2015)

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 Medical Students

Programs For faculty
Spectrum Child Health
Child Health Research Institute (CHRI)
Clinician Educator Grants Program

Amount of funding: up to $25,000 for one year
Eligibility: All Clinician Educator Faculty at the rank of clinical assistant professor or above can apply.
All applicants must have or plan on having a focus on child or maternal health research, or wish to expand their interest in child or maternal health research
All applicants must have legal residence in the United States. (Applicants with H or J visas are eligible).
All applicants must request and receive approval for a CE faculty PI waiver>> request through their Research Process Manager (RPM) in RMG (by Aug. 25th) prior to submitting their applications to Spectrum Child Health. Clinical Instructors and Visiting Scholars are not eligible.
Questions? Contact: Spectrum Child Health Administration
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2015, 5:00 pm
Stanford Cancer Institute
2016 Translational Research Award

Request for Letters of Intent
Amount of funding: Funding amounts will range from $50,000 - $150,00 (total cost) per year. The anticipated funding period is for one year, beginning January 4, 2016. Applicants may qualify for a one-time funding renewal if sufficient progress is being made.
Eligibility: The RFA is open to all members of the Stanford Cancer Institute and any member of the Stanford University community with PI status. If the PI is not a Cancer Institute member, the Letter of Intent and subsequent application must include a letter of support from a sponsoring Cancer Institute member, who should also be a project collaborator.
Purpose: The Stanford Cancer Institute solicits Letters of Intent for Translational Research projects. We are seeking innovative multi-disciplinary proposals that have a high likelihood of leading to external funding, new clinical trials, patient referrals, new intellectual property, or other clear measures of success. The most important criterion for awards is promising science with the potential to benefit patients with cancer or to prevent cancer.
Questions? Contact: Denise Baughman, Project Manager, Stanford Cancer Institute, at
Letter of intent deadline: Sept. 4, 2015
Full proposals (by invitation only): Oct. 23, 2015
Stanford Nano Shared Facilities (SNSF)*
(*Note: Stanford Nano Center (SNC) & Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory (SNL) have combined to form SNSF)
Bio/Medical Mini Seed Grants

Revised 06/05/15: 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 Tobias Beetz at
Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis as funds permit.
Programs for multiple positions (some include faculty)
2016 Spectrum Pilot Grants
Amount of funding: see the program description for each pilot grant
Eligibility: Open to all Stanford faculty* and Instructors.
*Clinician Educator (CE) faculty must submit and obtain approval for a CE faculty PI waiver >> request through their RPM (by Sept. 23) prior to submitting their application.
Graduate students, clinical and non-clinical postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to apply and are required to include a Stanford-affiliated, faculty mentor who must be listed as co-PI on the application. Stanford faculty include anyone with Professor, Instructor or Lecturer in his or her official title.
In keeping with its core mission, Spectrum offers pilot grants for accelerating clinical and translational research (CTR) in these areas:
1. Spectrum Pilot Grants for SPARK
2. Spectrum Pilot Grants for Stanford Predictives and Diagnostics Accelerator (SPADA)
3. Spectrum Pilot Grants for Medtech
4. Spectrum Pilot Grants for Community Engagement
5. Spectrum Pilot Grants for Population Health Sciences
6. Stanford Learning Health Care Innovation Challenge
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015, 6 p.m. PDT

Spectrum Child Health
Child Health Research Institute Grant and Postdoctoral Support Program

The Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) Grant and Postdoctoral Support program is sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health (LPFCH) 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, or a Postdoctoral Fellow.
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* ($50K)
*Note: Clinical fellows (MD or equivalent) training in a clinical fellowship program should not apply through this mechanism
Not eligible: Clinician Eductors (CE), visiting scholars to Stanford, Senior Research Scientists, Research Associates/Assistants, Former recipients of CHRI/PRF/LPFCH-sponsored awards who have not complied with award/reporting requirements. Mentor or applicants who have overdraft(s) in previous awards that are not cleared prior to applying are not eligible.

Deadline: Oct, 1, 2015, 5 p.m.

Real-Time Tissue Imaging of Cancer for Intraoperative Applications
Seed Grants
Amount of funding: maximum of $35,000 costs over one year; non-renewable. No indirect costs need to be budgeted. (3-4 grants to be awarded)
Eligibility: Stanford Instructors and Assistant Professors and Associate Professors with PI eligibility (those with UTL, MCL, and NTL-Research faculty appointments)
The Stanford University Departments of Radiology, Surgery, Otolaryngology, and the Cancer Center are requesting grant applications for seed funding in the area of real-time tissue imaging in cancer with direct clinical application. Research directed at the detection and diagnosis of cancer in real time for translational application including development of molecular probes, instrumentation, screening, intraoperative imaging, imaging of pathological specimens, or theranostic applications are welcome.
Questions? Contact person:
Dr. Eben Rosenthal, Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology and Radiology
Ann & John Doerr Medical Director, Stanford Cancer Center at
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015, 5 p.m.
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
Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)
Postdoctoral Travel Award

Eligibility: Stanford postdoctoral fellows (also open to nurses)
For travel to conferences
Remaining deadline: Sept. 10, 2015 (to attend a meeting in October-December)
Questions? Contact David Preston at
Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Interdisciplinary Scholar Awards
See the guidelines for details.
The applicant must hold a M.D., Ph.D. and/or a DVM/VMD degree
The applicant must be appointed as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University at the time the award begins (as of Jan. 1, 2016). Foreign scholars may have J-1 (receiving stipends) or H1B visas (receiving salary). Citizenship is not a selection factor. The faculty mentor/sponsor and co-sponsor (if any) must be appointed at Stanford University. A faculty sponsor may not have more than one funded SNI fellow at a time. A faculty sponsor may only sponsor 1 application and/or be a co-sponsor on no more than 2 applications per cycle.
The sponsor and co-sponsors must be SNI affiliates. Any interested faculty is invited to join SNI (to become a SNI faculty affiliate >>)
Questions? Contact Roula El-Asmar at
Deadline: Sept 21, 2015

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.

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, substance abuse disorders and their intersection. See the guidelines for additional information.
Questions? Contact Sara Miller at
Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis
Center for Health Policy (CHP)/ Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR )
VA Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics

Two year advanced postdoctoral research fellowship for those interested in a career in academic geriatrics researdh and leadership. See the guidelines for additinional information.
Questions? Contact Dr. Terri Huh at or Dr. Mary Goldstein at
Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis for Sept. 15, 2015 start date
Center for Health Policy (CHP)/ Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR )
VA Physician Post residency Fellowship in Health Services Research and Development

Questions? Contact Lesley Chan at
Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis

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

Questions? Contact Lesley Chan at
Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis

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
Medical Students
Cardiovascular Institute
iHeart Research (Dorothy Dee & Marjorie Helene Boring Trust)

$15K stipend for medical students dedicated to cardiovascular research
Eligibility: Stanford medical students who have at least one quarter of MedScholars Research or previous research experience at Stanford (during medical school) (see guidelines)
Questions? Contact Ingrid Ibarra at
Remaining deadline:Oct. 1, 2015



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