Pilot Grants

Applications Closed. Upcoming Deadline: April 2, 2024

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 ($50K)
Category II: 
New Ideas for Mid/Senior Investigators ($50K)

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.


MCHRI members and their mentees who are planning to apply for the Pilot Grant may sign up for office hours with a data scientist.  Reserve your 1-hour at the registration link below:

Reserve available Office Hours here for August 24 and 28; September 4, 18, and 22.

Please see our website and policy for more information about the QSU and their deadlines.

Funding Details

Funding is offered in the following categories:

  • Category I: Pilot Early Career - $50,000
  • Category II: New Ideas for Mid/Senior Investigators - $50,000
General Eligibility
  • All applicants must have, or plan on, having a focus on maternal child1 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.



Eligibility by Investigator Type

  Instructor Assistant Professor Associate Professor Professor
Early Career * *    
New Idea     * *


April 1, 2024

Forms for Applicants

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards Funding Rate Total Awarded
FY23 30 9 30% $279,991
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

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