Research Management Group (RMG)

Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation
Medical Research Grants

**Limited Funding Opportunity for all Stanford faculty with PI eligibility (UTL, MCL, and NTLR faculty appointments) involved in highly innovative, ground-breaking medical research in any area. Per correspondence with the foundation director, "They focus on basic science and some translational, not clinical research".


The 2018 internal selection process has been completed. This webpage is for your reference only.



# of applicants permitted: 1 (see internal submission guidelines below >>)

Internal deadline: Tues., Aug. 7, 2018, 5 p.m. (see the internal submission guidelines below)
For applicant selected to represent Stanford:
RMG will arrange for the letter of support from the President
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR) deadline per this policy: Sept. 23, 2018
Sponsor deadline:   Sept. 30, 2018


Amount of funding:
Amount of funding not specified. Term: 2-3 yrs** They do not provide indirect costs.
**They do award multiple year grants but foundation director advises that for first time submissions do not submit for 5 year award but rather 2 – 3 year award timeframe. (See the webpage below for the 2017 recipients.)

Sponsor's overview webpage:
This webpage includes a list of 2017 recipients by institution and grant amount.

Medical Research grant application guidelines (Downloaded the PDF file) pdf file



The Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation is committed to supporting and improving quality of life in South Texas communities, investing in scientific research and innovation, and wildlife and habitat stewardship. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $266 million and continues to take pride in the vision of its founders and the accomplishments of the Foundation’s grant recipients.

Medical research proposals are reviewed by a medical advisor who serves as a moderator for the Foundation on the discussion of scientific and technical merit of the proposals under review.

Due to Federal regulations, the Foundation only gives grants to those organizations which qualify under section 501(c)(3), or public universities under section 170(c), of the Internal Revenue Code.

Funding is highly competitive; therefore, the Foundation Directors strive to select projects and programs where funding will have the greatest impact. Due to the large volume of proposals received by the Foundation, only about one in every ten submissions is awarded funding.

There are two separate online applications: one for medical research requests, and one for all other grant requests. The medical research application follows a format similar to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) application, but requires much less information.

The general application will ask for specific information about the program or project, including a brief history of the organization, explanation of the need, what the grant is expected to accomplish, demographics and characteristics of the population served, how the program will be carried out and by whom, the methods and procedures which will be used to evaluate its effectiveness, the total project cost and amount being requested, and how the project will be funded in total during, and when applicable, after the proposed grant period. In instances where the proposed project is a collaborative effort, detail on the other organizations involved and the nature of their involvement will be required.


By Tues., Aug. 7, 2018, 5 p.m., please submit one PDF containing the following in the order listed below to:

Jeanne Heschele
Research Management Group

File name: Last Name_Kleberg_Feb_2018.pdf

Institutional representative: not applicable. You do not have to submit your internal proposals through your RPM in RMG or you CGO in OSR for their approval. You can submit them directly to Jeanne.

1) Title Page
Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation
Medical Research Grant Program
Title of your proposal
Total amount of funding (direct costs) and term you are proposing (reminder-it must be 2-3 years)
PI and Co-PI name, title, department, contact information, email address

2) Research proposal (up to 4 pages)
(illustrations and references not included in the page limit)
Format: Arial or Helvetica font (no smaller than size 11), half-inch margins, single spaced.
Specific aims: Describe the specific aims of the proposed research, how each will be accomplished, and the impact on the research field involved. List specific objectives, e.g., to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm or clinical practice, address a critical barrier to progress in the field, develop new technology, etc.
Preliminary work: Briefly describe any preliminary work.
Research strategy: Describe your research strategy, addressing the following areas as applicable: significance to the field; innovation; study approach in terms of methodology, experimental procedures and analyses used to accomplish the specific study aims; the outcomes expected including possible unanticipated developments; and feasibility and high risk aspects of the proposed work
Population most impacted: Please explain if your study focuses on a specific demographic segment of the population.

3) PI and Co-PI NIH-format biosketch with other support (list name of sponsor, amount and term of funding)


Selection process:
Your proposals will be reviewed by the School of Medicine Awards Committee members. They will select the applicant to represent Stanford University. Instructions will be provided to the applicant selected regarding the online application submission and obtaining cover letter signed by the President of the university.


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