Pilot Grants

DEADLINE: Monday, April 5, 2021 - 5:00 PM PST

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Pilot Grants funds innovative maternal and child health-focused clinical and translational research in the following categories:

Category I: Pilot Early Career ($35K)
Category II: New Ideas for Mid/Senior Investigators ($35K)

All projects must be significantly related to the health of expectant mothers and children. The applicant can be any practitioner or scientist who has a focus on maternal or child health research. 

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Key Dates

Action Date
Application Deadline Monday, April 5, 2021
Notification of Awards June 2021
Award Start Date Thursday, July 1, 2021

Forms for Applicants

*NEW UPDATES* - New Requirement for Lay Summary in 2021 Application Cycle

Applicants will be required to submit a Lay Summary in their application, as outlined in the grant instructions above. Briefly and clearly provide the rationale and objective for the proposed research project in a manner readily understood by a general audience. Avoid using acronyms, jargon, or technical, field-specific terminology. Should not be more than 300 words.  

Funding Amount

Funding is offered in the following categories:

  • Category I: Pilot Early Career - $35,000
  • Category II: New Ideas for Mid/Senior Investigators - $35,000

General Eligibility

  • All applicants must have, or plan on, having a focus on maternal child health research.
  • All applicants and their mentors must be MCHRI Members.
  • A Primary Research Mentor must be identified for instructors or assistant professors.
  • All applicants must continue to be appointed at the Instructor rank or above for the duration of the award, including any extensions.
  • The following are not eligible:
    • Clinician Educators (CEs) - See Clinician Educator Grants Program
    • Visiting scholars to Stanford
    • Senior Research Scientists, Research Associates/Assistants
    • Former recipients of MCHRI/PRF/LPFCH-sponsored awards who have not complied with award/reporting requirements
    • Mentor or applicants who have not cleared overdraft(s) in previous MCHRI awards prior to applying

Reviewer Form

Funding Rates

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 20 37 9 24% $311,466
FY19 30 9 30% $315,000
FY 18 43 12 28% $420,000
FY 17 50 19 38% $660,000
FY 16 40 12 30% $420,000
FY 15 45 15 33% $510,414
FY 14 40 19 48% $659,500
FY 13 28 12 43% $416,000
FY 12 36 19 53% $653,761
FY 11 28 15 54% $524,490


No-Cost Extension

If the project is not completed within 12 months due to unforeseen circumstances, a no-cost extension (NCX) of up to 6 additional months may be requested (total study period not to exceed 18 months). Please complete a No-Cost Extension Request Form

Policy Updates

Visit Policy Updates for more information.


Visit Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Program Panel Chairs

Paul Grimm, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (Nephrology), Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Gary Shaw, DrPH
Professor, Pediatrics (Neonatal and Developmental Medicine)


Please contact MCHRI Administration at mchri_admin@stanford.edu or 650-724-0279 with any questions.