Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program (TIP)

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: January 13, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

*Deadline extended*
FULL PROPOSAL (by invitation) DEADLINE: April 13, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

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.

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.

Forms for Applicants

Letter of Intent Application Guidelines

By January 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m., please upload one PDF file containing the completed LOI cover template and the Project description to our online link below:

  • Page 1: Completed LOI Cover Page
  • Pages 2-3: Project description (Arial font 10)
  • The project goals, the potential impact on maternal and child health, the individuals and disciplines involved

Upon completion of creating an application record you will be emailed a unique link to begin your MCHRI application for your LOI. If invited, you will receive information on submitting your full proposal.


Letter of Intent Deadline (required): January 13, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

Applicants notified to proceed with full proposals: Mid-February, 2020

Full proposal deadline (by invitation): April 13, 2020 - 5:00 p.m. *deadline extended*

Notification of selected proposals: Week of May 18, 2020

Funding Amount

Up to $100,000 per year for up to 2 years

Support could be for personnel (undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral students, research assistants, or associates, or faculty), supplies, small equipment, travel, or seminar and symposia needs which are an integral part of the proposal.


  • All Stanford faculty holding Clinician Educator (CE), University Tenure Line (UTL), Research (NTL-Research), or Medical Center line (MCL) positions.
  • 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).
  • Visiting scholars are not eligible to serve as PI or Co-PI on TIP.  They may serve as collaborators or sub-investigators.

Review Criteria

The initiatives will be evaluated as to their quality, novel approaches, potential for stimulating new discoveries, likelihood of being successful, and whether they address the scientific and programmatic goals of MCHRI in its broadest sense.

Funding Rates

YEAR LOI Applicants Invited Full Proposal Applicants Grants Awarded  Funding Rate Total Awarded
FY 20   9 5 56% $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


View listing of past awardees


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