Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP)

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: Monday, January 10, 2022 - 11:59 PM PST

FULL PROPOSAL (by invitation) DEADLINE: Monday, March 23, 2022 - 11:59 PM PST

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program aims to support, for up to 2 years of funding, new, innovative maternal and child health research programs that could best (or only) be performed by faculty from different disciplines, interdisciplinary curricular innovations, seminars and symposia. We encourage faculty from different schools to work together on these initiatives, and strongly promote collaborations between basic and physician scientists. The TIP program aims to assist faculty in developing initial collaboration into larger research programs and bring investigators not currently engaged into maternal and child health research.

All projects must be significantly related to the health of expectant mothers and children . The initiative must utilize a multi-PI approach where at least two of these lead investigators are from different disciplines and schools.*

*Should one of the lead investigators have an appointment in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford, please confirm the primary appointment of the investigator and provide the appointment breakdown with % FTE. 

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Key Dates

Action Date
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline January 10, 2022
Notification to Proceed with Full Proposal February 2022
Full Proposal (by invitation) Deadline March 23, 2022
Notification of Awards May 2022
Award Start Date June 1, 2022

Awards will be announced in May 2022.  Earliest award start date is June 1, 2022.  The performance period is for no longer than 2 years.

Forms for Applicants

Funding Amount

Total award is up to $100,000 / year for up to two years. Support could be for personnel (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students, research assistants, or associates, or faculty) and research-related expenses.

Funds cannot be used for student tuition or fees, computer equipment, office supplies, ITCC communications, journal subscriptions, membership dues, poster presentations, abstract submissions, or any indirect research costs.

General Eligibility

  • Eligible applicants must be Stanford faculty holding Clinician Educator (CE), University Tenure Line (UTL), Research (NTL-Research), or University Medical Line (UML) positions for the duration of the award.
  • Utilize a multi-PI approach where at least two of the principal investigators are from two different disciplines and hold primary appointments in two different schools of the university (Graduate School of Business, Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Sciences, Law and Medicine).
  • One submission allowed per applicant, per cycle.
  • Visiting scholars are not eligible to serve as PI or Co-PI on TIP.  They may serve as collaborators or sub-investigators.
  • Another TIP award does NOT currently fund eligible applicants (neither the PI nor Co-PIs)

Institutional representative: not applicable. These programs are internal Stanford funding opportunities. Please do not submit your proposal through your institutional official for approval. You may submit your proposal directly to MCHRI via their online application link. PI Waivers are not required. 

Funding Rates

YEAR LOI Applicants Invited Full Proposal Applicants Grants Awarded  Funding Rate Total Awarded
FY 21 17 11 6 35% $1,200,000
FY 20 18 8 5 62.5% $1,000,000
FY 19   7 4 57% $800,000
FY 18 26 12 4 33% $800,000
FY 17 16 8 4 25% $400,000
FY 16 22 9 5 23% $1,000,000
FY 15 - - - - -
FY 14 17 5 5 29% $1,000,000
FY 13 - - - - -
FY 12 8 4 4 50% $800,000


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

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Please contact MCHRI Administration at or 650-724-0279 with any questions.