CARE Seed Gift

Due to the generosity of its donors, in 2019 and 2020, CARE has awarded 5 to 6 $10K seed gifts per year to pioneering scientists across multiple disciplines (including in the fields of gastroenterology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and more) looking for early-stage funding to pursue research dedicated to improving Asian health. In 2021 and beyond, CARE intends to increase the numbers of gifts awarded on a progressive basis.

These grants have given CARE investigators the freedom to explore their most promising and creative research ideas, which nurture and expand Stanford Medicine's exceptional capacity for innovation. These funds are particularly helpful in promoting collaborations across disciplines and supporting young faculty, many of whom have no other means to investigate promising areas of study and to accumulate enough data in pilot studies to validate ideas and pursue additional funding.

This strategy has already, in various cases, launched new projects and allowed researchers to accumulate sufficient "proof of concept" data to apply successfully for follow-on funding, both in the form of additional philanthropic investment as well as from traditional funding sources such as the NIH.

CARE Seed Gift Application

Applications to the 2022 CARE Seed Gift Coming Soon!



GOAL: To apply innovative approaches to contribute to our understanding of Asian Health. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged. Awards may be used to fund pilot research work by Stanford faculty to develop or expand their research skills. Up to 8 gifts will be awarded, 3 of which will be awarded to proposals in “Evidence Capacity Building” in for Evidence-Based Traditional Asian Medicine (ETAM). This initiative will enable Stanford researchers to think about applications of Asian medical therapy, including moving Asian medical therapies into the mainstream, understanding how traditional Asian medicines work at the molecular, cellular, and organ levels, and/or contributing to clinician understanding of the world of Traditional Asian medicines.

ELIGIBILITY: Faculty with University tenure Line (UTL), Medical Center Line (MCL), Non-Tenure Line-Research (NTLR), Clinician Educator (CE) or Instructor appointments. (PI waivers are not needed for internal funding opportunities.) APPLICATION: Applications are due by February 1st, 2022. Decisions will be announced in March 2022.

AWARD: 1-year term. Amounts range from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be determined by the review committee. Provide detailed budget. Funds are intended for Stanford faculty and staff expenses only.

SEED GIFT IMPACT REPORT: A report of the grant impact must be sent to by the end of the grant term, summarizing research outcomes and future plans.

Suzan Carmichael, MS, PhD

Impact of Body Mass Index on Maternal Health Among API women in California

Linda Geng, MD, PhD

Improving recognition of underdiagnosed and rare diseases in Asians

Matthew Wheeler, MD

Genetics of Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Asian Populations

Richard Neil Zare, PhD

Screening Ginger's Secondary Metabolites for Anti-ferroptosis Activity

Malathi Srinivasan, MD

Dietary patterns and cardiometabolic health associations among Asian Americans

Stephan Rogalla, MD, PhD

Identifying the Role of Cellular Neighborhoods in Gastric Carcinogenesis

Randall Stafford, MD, PhD

Traditional Chinese Medicine Strategies for Sleep Problems

Joshua M. Spin, MD, PhD

Securinine in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Ying Lu

An Electronic Data Capture System for Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinics

Ranak Trivedi

Khuller-Kochikar Seed Grant

Assessing caregiving and social networks among South Asian women living with breast cancer

Uchechukwu Megwalu

Stanford Cancer Institute Seed Grant

Clinical Presentation and Outcomes of Well-differentiated Thyroid Cancer in Filipinos

Freeborn Rwere

Screening and enzymatic characterization for CYP2C19 variants found in Asians

Karen Eggleston

Comparative economic analysis of diabetes in South Asia

Alan Louie

Acculturative Family Distance and Mental Health: A Pilot Study of Asian-American Parents of Younger Adolescents

Bertha Chen

Racial differences in fibroid-related symptom severity in Asian vs. Caucasian women seen at Stanford Fibroid Clinic

Robert Huang

ALDH2 Deficiency and Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia in Asian Americans

Benjamin Lindquist

An Innovative Web-Based Gaming Application to Promote Emergency Medical Technicians

Kuldev Singh

Optic Nerve Damage resulting from Myopia in School Aged Children

Ngan Huang

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells as a model of Endothelial Dysfunction in Asians