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 80 internal Stanford funding opportunities offered throughout the year:
Download list >>  Excel  (03/23/2017)

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

Stanford Neuroscience Institute (SNI)
Seed Grants

Amount of funding: up to $100,000 direct costs per year for 2 years. Grants will be for a one-year period, withthe option to extend for an additional year based on progress made on the project.
Eligibility: Teams of at least 2 Stanford faculty with PI eligibility [those with tenure line (UTL), medical center line (MCL) or research (NTLR) faculty appointments] may submit a letter of intent. Co-PI's should use different methodologies/approaches and/or work in different disciplines.
Clinician Educator (CE) Faculty at the rank of clinical assistant professor and above who are full-time Stanford employees with 100% CE faculty appointments are eligible to apply for seed grants. No waiver is required. Clinical Instructors in the Clinician Educator (CE) line are not eligible to apply.
Each PI may participate in only one letter of intent.
Applicants should be Stanford Neurosciences Institute Affiliates. Any interested Stanford faculty member is invited to JOIN Neurosciences institute >>.
The proposed project should be new, and should have the potential to generate data that can be used for grant applications to extramural funding sources in neuroscience fields.
Proposals that involve disciplines outside traditional basic and clinical neuroscience (e.g. law, education, business, public policy) are encouraged.
Questions? Contact Roula El-Asmar at
Letter of intent (required) deadline: March 31, 2017
Full proposal (by invitation only) deadline: June 30, 2017

Center for Health Policy (CHP), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR )
Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize for Health Care Research in Developing Countries

Amount of the award: $100,000 over 2 yrs (1 award)
The prize is awarded to a young Stanford researcher whose work aims to improve health care in the developing world.
Eligibility: Stanford assistant professors, Instructors, research associates, postdoctoral students without respect to chronological age, 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 Soka Keo at
Deadline: April 21, 2017, 5 p.m.

Intermountain-Stanford Collaboration Grants
Request for Proposals 
Investigators at both Intermountain Healthcare and Stanford University have a unique opportunity to improve patient care, on a large scale and within a healthcare delivery system, through ongoing performance improvement, investigation, innovation, and education, all focused on healthcare transformation. Through the Intermountain-Stanford Grant Program, the Intermountain-Stanford Collaborative Committee will provide project awards to teams of investigators from both institutions conducting T3/T4 research to advance healthcare transformation.
Through the Intermountain-Stanford Grant Program, the Intermountain-Stanford Collaborative Committee will award up to $75,000 for one year to teams of investigators from both institutions to advance healthcare transformation.
Eligibility: The Intermountain-Stanford project teams will consist of paired Principal Investigators (Co-PIs), one PI from Stanford University** and one PI from Intermountain Healthcare, who have jointly written a project proposal in their shared discipline of interest. 
[**Stanford School of Medicine faculty with UTL, MCL, NTLR, or CE appts.]
Previous awardees of this grant are not eligible for funding in consecutive years.
Questions regarding your research project: please contact
Internal deadline: April 25, 2017, 5 p.m. PDT

Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Faculty Research Fellowship Program

This program features Stanford scholars who have recently published new, timely research on how race and ethnicity have powerfully shaped human experience across time, context, and place.
Eligibility: CCSRE offers Faculty Research Fellowships to current, full-time members of the Academic Council and Medical Center Line of the Stanford faculty who focus on race and ethnicity in their research. Three fellowships will be awarded. Scholars need to have published a book, edited volume, or collection of essays between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017 (i.e., the past two and a half years). Instead of a book, scholars may also submit a collection of three research articles along with a 250-word conceptual introduction that links the publications thematically. Of these three articles, at least one must be published in a top-tier journal and one must be published between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017 (i.e., the past two and a half years). Junior faculty members are also eligible to submit book manuscripts for consideration that are near-complete and close to publication. These new works will be featured, in turn, at each chautauqua.
We welcome fellowship applications from scholars in all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, business, law, and medicine. Fellows must be in residence at Stanford during the fellowship year and will receive a $2,000 research award in support of their work.
Questions? Contact Heide Lopez at
Deadline: May 12, 2017

Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI)
CHRI Faculty Scholar Award

Amount of funding: $100,000 per year for up to 5 years
Eligibility: Stanford mid-to-late assistant professors or early associate professors with University Tenure Line (UTL) and Medical Center Line (MCL) faculty appointments in clinical departments whose research involves maternal and child health or the training of maternal and child health researchers (see the guidelines for additional criteria).
Type of research: Research must be primarily related to maternal and child health. Maternal and child refers 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.
Questions? Contact Carol Schulze at
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI)
CHRI Harman Faculty Scholar Award

Amount of funding: $100,000 per year for up to 3 years
Eligibility: Stanford mid-career faculty (associate professor) with MCL appointments in clinical departments who have their primary site of clinical/academic activity at the LPCH (see the guidelines for additional criteria)
Type of research: Research must be primarily related to maternal and child health. Maternal and child refers 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.
Questions? Contact Carol Schulze at
Deadline: June 1, 2017

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
*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)

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

The CHRI supports child health research grants for Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Professors, and Postdoctoral Fellows in four categories:
Category I: Pilot Early Career ($35K) (Instructors and Assist. Prof.)
Category II: New Ideas for Mid/Senior Investigators ($35K) (Assoc. Professors and Professors)
Category III: Bridge Funding ($35K) (Assist. Prof., Assoc. Prof., Professors)
Category IV: Postdoctoral Fellows ($55K)**
**Note: Clinical fellows (MD or equivalent) training in a clinical fellowship program should not apply through this mechanism.
General eligibility: All applicants must have or plan on having a focus on child health or obstetrics research, or wish to expand their interest in child health research. All applicants must be a CHRI Member (except postdoctoral fellows), or his/her primary research mentor must be a CHRI Member. Membership Application at A Primary Research Mentor must be identified for instructors, assistant professors, and postdoctoral fellows.All applicants must have legal residence in the United States. (Applicants with H or J visas are eligible).
Not eligible: Clinician Educators (CEs); Visiting scholars to Stanford; Senior Research Scientists, Research Associates/Assistants
Questions? Contact: Spectrum Child Health Administration (
Deadline: April 3, 2017, 5 p.m.

Stanford Systems Biology Seed Grants
Amount of funding: $25,000 per team. The project period can be from 3 months to a year. Up to 4 seed grants will be funded.
Eligibility: Team members must be current postdoctoral fellows or graduate students in a Ph.D. or Masters Program at Stanford. Teams with at least two members are eligible.
Team members have to be from at least two different Stanford laboratories. There is no School restriction.
The goal of these seed grants is to empower graduate students in Ph.D. and master degree programs and postdoctoral fellows to work with people in other research groups to develop collaborative systems biology projects. Proposals are ranked higher if they synergize with research topics of the Stanford Center for Systems Biology. Both methods development projects and more biology-centered projects are welcome. Please consult the website about current areas of research supported by the center (
Questions? Contact Stefani Ferreira at
Deadline: June 8, 2017, 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

Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program
The Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program, a T32 training program funded by the National Cancer Institute, aims to train the next generation of researchers in the development and clinical translation of advanced techniques for cancer imaging and its application. SCIT is a two-year program training five fellows (roughly half PhD / half MD) per year over a five-year funding cycle. Drs. Sandy Napel and Bruce Daniel lead this newly redesigned program, featuring 24 mentors with independent cancer-focused or -related funding, and seven distinguished program advisors.
Eligibility: Candidate must have an MD or PhD degree. Candidate must be a US citizen, or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Card (1-151 or 1-551) or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.
Questions? Contact Sofia Gonzales at
Deadline: April 10, 2017

Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowship in Lung Biology at Stanford
This research training fellowship, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will train four postdoctoral fellows from MD and PhD backgrounds for up to two years. Our mission is to train aspiring postdoctoral fellows into exceptional physician-scientists who are the forefront of pioneering basic and translational research. Research is conducted under the direction of senior faculty mentors.
Eligibility: MD and MD/PhD applicants must have completed their clinical training prior to applying for T32 funding (1 year for pediatric pulmonary fellows, and 18 months for adult PCCM); PhD applicants must be pursuing a post-doctoral fellowship in the lab of a Stanford mentor doing research relevant to pulmonary medicine. Individuals must have permission to work within the U.S., either as U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Questions? Contact La Toya King at
Internal deadline: April 15, 2017

Stanford Cancer Systems Biology Scholars (CSBS) Program
Postdoctoral Training Program

The Stanford Cancer Systems Biology Scholars (CSBS) Postdoctoral Training Program is a multidisciplinary training program for cancer and biocomputational researchers who want to embark on a systems biology approach to discover clinically-relevant cellular and molecular networks underlying cancer risk, initiation, progression and treatment response. We bring together 30 faculty mentors from 19 departments.
Eligibility: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and/or permanent resident of the U.S. Note: only U.S. applicants will be accepted for this round. Applicant must have an MD, PhD or MD/PhD. Applicant should not have more than 3 years prior postdoc experience by the start date of the program. Please visit the application page for more information. Applicant must be able to commit to a two-year program, start date Sept. 1, 2017.
Questions? Contact: Theresa McCann, Program Manager,
Timeline: Accepting applications until position is filled.
Overview of the program
Application instructions (including downloadable application form)

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

See programs for multiple positions above >>

Medical Students

Cardiovascular Institute (CVI)
iHeart Research
Dorothy Dee & Marjorie Helene Boring Trust Award

$15,000 stipend and travel award to present research at a national conference
This award is meant to support Stanford medical students excited about research solutions that impact how we treat and prevent cardiovascular disease
Eligibility: Stanford medical students with at least one quarter of MedScholars Research or previous research experience at Stanford (during medical school).
Deadline. May 31, 2017

Undergraduate Students

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