Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP)

Upcoming Deadline in FY24

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP) 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 and clearly state how the research will advance maternal and child health. The initiative must utilize a multi-PI approach where at least two of the lead investigators are from different disciplines and schools at StanfordThe two lead investigators will both make significant contributions to the research. *

*Should one of the lead investigators have an appointment in the Department of Bioengineering or have a 50/50 split appointment, please confirm the primary appointment of the investigator and provide the appointment breakdown with % FTE. If the faculty member has an appointment in Bioengineering, the primary appointment must be in BioE if the second lead investigator’s appointment is in the School of Medicine.  

Applications closed. Upcoming deadline: January 2024

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Additional TIP Opportunity: Pediatric Cancer

MCHRI is offering a TIP award to faculty whose research is in any discipline involving pediatric brain tumor and cancer.  Eligibility and application requirements are the same.

Forms for Applicants

Key Dates

Action Date
LOI Deadline January 3, 2023
Full Proposal (by invitation) Deadline March 21, 2023
Notification of Awards May 2023
Award Start Date June 1, 2023

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.


  • 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)

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.