Pilot Grants

Upcoming Deadline: April 10, 2023

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.

Applications closed. Upcoming deadline: April 2023

Details coming soon

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ)

MCHRI is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects of our work supporting research, education and resources in maternal and child health.

All applicants will be asked to provide a DEIJ statement in their application.

QSU Biostatistics Office Hours

MCHRI members and their mentees who are planning to apply to the Pilot Grant Program may sign up for office hours with a data scientist.  One-hour reservations will be available closer to the application date. 


Action Date
Application Deadline April 10, 2023
Notification of Awards TBD
Award Start Date TBD

The project proposed must be feasible and completed within 12 months.

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

Funding Rates

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards Funding Rate Total Awarded
FY 22 17 7 41% $239,857
FY 21 34 9 26%  $291,881
FY 20 37 9 24% $311,466
FY 19 30 9 30% $315,000
FY 18 43 12 28% $420,000


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.