SPARK Scholars (AKA “SPARKees”) benefit from world-class counsel from industry advisors and academic experts who work closely with them to provide the knowledge necessary to move projects from bench to bedside.
The SPARK Program
SPARK’s mentorship and funding program provides hands-on advising and funding to Stanford affiliates whose product proposals have been accepted for development. Our "SPARKees" benefit from world-class counsel from industry advisors and academic experts who work closely with them to provide the industry knowledge necessary to move their projects from bench to bedside. The SPARK program is comprised of:
Funding: Milestone-based funding for two years. Each round of funding is contingent upon completion of the prior term goals.
Mentorship: Each project team provides quarterly updates to the advisory panel and receives feedback. Expert advisors provide project-specific advice for each stage of product development.
Education: SPARK Scholars attend weekly seminars that teach the process of development and commercialization of drugs and diagnostics.
Advising: SPARK provides top-notch advising and access to core facilities, as well as assistance in creating partnerships with industry and other academic institutions.
APPLY FOR A GRANT
Learn more about the SPARK selection criteria for projects, and apply for a grant.
SPARK: A Practical Guide to Drug Development in Academia, was published by SPARK co-founders Daria Mochly-Rosen and Kevin Grimes to help other academic institutions develop their own SPARK Programs.
Links and protocols for Sparkees Only - Requires a SUNet ID