Pilot Grants

Application Closed

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 March 5, 2024.

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

June 2024

July 1, 2024


Forms for Applicants

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards Funding Rate Total Awarded
FY 23 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.