Research Management Group (RMG)

Seed Grant Opportunity in Big Data for Human Health
Stanford University and Oxford University
Request for Applications

Internal funding opportunity for Stanford University and Oxford University faculty with PI eligibility for seed grants focused on the application of large scale data analysis to Human Health.

Deadline: Wed., Jan. 8, 2014, 5pm PST (GMT-8hrs) (see application instructions below)


Stanford or Oxford faculty with PI eligibility are invited to apply.
There is no restriction on the number of proposals on which each faculty members can serve as co-investigator.
We welcome applications from all schools in both Universities.

Amount of funding:
$75,000 direct costs plus 8% indirect costs
1-year grant period with start date of February 2014

Stanford University and Oxford University invite applications for their first joint seed program focused on the application of large scale data analysis to Human Health. These seed grants are made possible due to a grant from the Li Ka Shing Foundation.


The new program is designed to provide funding for groundbreaking research in the data sciences as they relate to human health. We interpret “big data” in the broadest possible sense and are particularly interested in high impact, high risk projects that would not be funded under standard grant mechanisms. Given this is a seed program, novelty, impact and demonstration of principle are more important than immediate application to human health (although a roadmap for translation to a human health setting should be clearly described). We welcome applications in areas such as:

Proposals focused on underserved populations are also particularly welcome.

Non responsive proposals would include those where large scale data is generated but no clear plan for analysis is included or no path towards improving human health is apparent.

Selection Process
An internal review committee made up of Oxford and Stanford faculty will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

Although merit at scientific review will be the primary discriminator, in the case of similarly scored proposals, we will particularly reward:

We are especially interested in encouraging applications from data scientists who have not previously worked on biological or health care problems. Collaboration with industry partners is welcome but the funds will be disbursed from Stanford to faculty members of Oxford or Stanford Universities and not to a third party.

Note that grants will be scored but detailed feedback will not be provided to the applicants.

Applicants whose projects are funded will be required to write a short preliminary report (1-2 paragraphs) for the sponsor at 6 months and a final 5 page report at 12 months. Publications resulting from the work should acknowledge the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

Application Guidelines

The application process has been streamlined to minimize paperwork. Specifically, the short form proposal is designed to minimize the distance between the idea and the submission of the application. We prefer that you maximize the time spent cultivating new ideas. This short format will also allow a larger number of faculty to review each grant improving the stability and rigor of our scoring metrics. Reviewers will be drawn from diverse backgrounds so applications should be written at the level of a statistically literate health sciences researcher.

By Wed., Jan. 8, 2014, 5pm PST (GMT-8hrs), please submit one PDF file containing the following (in the order listed below 1-5) via this webpage:

Note: you do not have to submit your applications through your institutional representative (OSR or RPM/RMG).

General format recommendations
The font should preferably be Arial 10 point with standard word and single line spacing.
Pages should be Letter size (8.5 x 11 inches; 21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Margins should preferably be no less than 0.7 inches (1.5cm).
Pages should be numbered at the bottom right
eThe page header should contain the name of the PI and a short title

1) Title page
a. Title of the RFP
b. List of key personnel and their affiliations
c. A one sentence summary of the proposal

2) Scientific proposal: one page including any/all figures but excluding references. Preliminary data is not required but may be included. Hyperlinks to relevant published papers are encouraged. No appendices are allowed. One page of 10 point font is approximately 900 words.

3) Bibliography: half page.

4) Budget: half page. The budget should be for 1 year and can include salary (including PI), consumables, travel, or equipment. Please provide a brief justification for each major spending category.

5) Investigator biographies: Short one paragraph biographies (<300 words) of key personnel should be provided. The paragraph should include titles, academic rank and key achievements. These can be hyperlinked to longer form University profiles.

Proposals that do not conform to the above will be returned without review.

Questions? Contact Person

Terra Coakley at or +1 (650) 723-9509

Terra R. Coakley
Program Manager
Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease
Stanford Amyloid Center
p: (650) 723-9509
f: (650) 725-1927

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