CARE Seed Grant

Due to the generosity of our donors, from 2019-2022, CARE has awarded 25 seed gifts/grants 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 2023 Seed Grant Application

Applications for the 2023 CARE Seed Grant are Open!


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due by Wednesday, February 15th, 2023, by 11:59pm PST. Decisions will be announced in March 2023.

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 3 seed grants will be awarded for FY23.

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. Lecturers with Stanford appointments are eligible to apply. Post-doctoral fellows, clinical trainees, instructors, and research scientists/scholars must identify a faculty mentor and may be included as co-PIs.

AWARD: 1-year term (May 1, 2023 - May 1, 2024). Up to $50,000 will be awarded and will be determined by the review committee. Please provide a detailed budget.

SEED GRANT IMPACT REPORT: Awardees are required to submit an impact report to CARE at the end of the grant term summarizing research outcomes and future plans.

REQUIREMENTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If chosen for the grant, awardees are required to give at least two one-hour talks as requested for CARE activities.

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Ann Hsing, PhD, MPH

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Identifying the Role of Cellular Neighborhoods in Gastric Carcinogenesis

Randall Stafford, MD, PhD

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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