Funding Opportunities

"I am extremely thankful to MCHRI for the Bridge support that allowed me to continue my research regarding the transmission of live viruses among communities.  This funding allowed me to obtain additional funding from the National Institutes of Health, which I just received, in order to conduct more detailed genomic research into the understanding of infectious diseases transmission and prevention. I would not have been able to receive these important federal funds without the support of the MCHRI Bridge funding."

Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Population Health

MCHRI Grant and Research Programs

MCHRI Faculty Scholars Program

Internal funding opportunity for Stanford assistant professors or early associate professors with University Tenure Line (UTL) and Medical Center Line (MCL) faculty appointments in clinical departments whose research and/or training are related to innovation in maternal or child health. 

Harman Scholars Program

Internal funding opportunity for Stanford mid-career (associate professors) with MCL faculty appointments in clinical departments who have their primary site of clinical/academic activity at the LPCH.  

Pilot Grants (Pilot Early Career/New Ideas)

Internal funding opportunity for Stanford faculty in the following categories: Category I: Pilot Early Career grants for instructors and assistant professors and Category II: New Ideas grants for mid/senior investigators.

Clinician Educator Grant Program

The Clinician Educator (CE) Grant Program is designed to encourage, develop, and support CEs to pursue clinical research studies that promote their ability to achieve external funding.

Clinical Trainee (MD) Support Program

Administered annually, this program supports medical (MD or equivalent) doctoral research fellows.  Sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health through donor-driven endowments, each award provides a maximum of full salary support. 

Postdoctoral Support Program

Internal funding opportunity for Stanford postdoctoral researchers for projects focused in innovative maternal and child health-focused clinical and translational research.

Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP)

Internal funding opportunity for Stanford faculty in various schools with UTL, Research and MCL faculty appointments (see eligibility). Requests for multi-PI innovative transdisciplinary proposals in child health.

22q11 Neuropsychiatry Research Awards Program

Internal funding program to promote research to improve the neurocognitive outcomes and behavioral symptoms of 22q11 Deletion Syndrome with immediate (within 5 years) and long term impact.

Single Ventricle Disease Research Awards Program

Internal funding program to promote truly innovative research to treat and functionally cure single ventricle heart disease. This program will support a wide range of scientific approaches from basic, clinical, translational, engineering, information and other biomedical sciences to better understand the root causes of SVDs and to develop functional cures for those living with this condition. 

Structural Racism, Social Injustice and Health Disparities

Internal funding program to promote research on the structural racism, social injustice and health disparities in maternal and child health. Addressing the impact of structural racism and social injustice as key drivers in health disparities that affect maternal and child health are critical to advancing research.

Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence (DRIVE) in Research Pipeline Program

This award provides a stipend to underrepresented minorities (URM) and first- generation and/or low income (FLI) Stanford undergraduate students currently enrolled in their sophomore year to work over the coming summer with established investigators with either extramural funding or substantial MCHRI funding on maternal and child health related research projects.

Bridge Support Program

Internal opportunity for Stanford faculty who hold an appointment at Assistant Professor or above, with up to 1 year of funding to aid in the continuation of research projects so that progress may be made to obtain renewed or replacement funding. 

Instructor K-Awards Support

The MCHRI supports early career investigators who pursue an NIH K-award. The Instructor K-awards Support provides supplemental support for instructors on individual K-awards by providing 1:1 matching funds from the instructor’s department and funds innovative maternal and child health-focused clinical and translational research for Instructors. 

Master’s Tuition Program (MTP)

The Master’s Tuition Program provides tuition support for Master of Science programs in clinical/translational research or related field.

MCHRI Partner Programs

Biodesign Faculty Fellowship Program

The MCHRI partners with the Stanford Biodesign Faculty Fellowship to support motivated Stanford University faculty members from the schools of Medicine and Engineering with advanced training and mentoring in health technology innovations and fund projects that are focused in maternal and child research.

Cardiovascular Institute Seed Grants

The MCHRI partners with the Cardiovascular Institute to support seed grants for research and clinical applications to improve cardiovascular health. The Cardiovascular Institute strives to promote the exchange of ideas and collaboration among students, fellows, faculty, and scientists. 

Diabetes Research Center Pilot Grants

The MCHRI partners with the Diabetes Research Center (SDRC) to support Pilot and Feasibility Projects focused in maternal and child health research. The focus of the SDRC Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Program is to provide seed funds to help develop new investigators as well as support innovative and/or high-risk proposals from more senior investigators involved in any aspect of diabetes related research. 

Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine

The MCHRI partners with the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine to provide the maternal and child health community with additional professional development through the Eureka International Certificate Program in Translational Medicine and the Eureka Annual Summer School Course in Translational Medicine.

Global Child Health Equity Seed Grant

The MCHRI partners with the Global Child Health Equity (GCHE) Seed Grant program to support two global health seed grants of up to $25,000 each for projects seeking solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and children in low-resource settings. 

LPCH Academic Grant Program

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital provides an academic grant annually to the School of Medicine to augment seed grant programs focused specifically on maternal and child health. With oversight of the MCHRI, these grant funds are directed to the Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection (ITI), Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (CVI), Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and SPARK to promote research related to child and maternal health.

PCHA-UHA Research and Learning Collaborative

In partnership with Packard Children’s Health Alliance (PCHA)-University HealthCare Alliance (UHA) Research & Learning Collaborative (RLC) and the Stanford Community Medical Groups Research Consortium, the MCHRI invites proposals for research related to maternal and child health focused on improving health outcomes through community-based research.