Pilot Grants

DEADLINE: Monday, October 4, 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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Forms for Applicants

Forms coming soon.

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

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Funding Rates


Policy Updates

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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.