Research on the Structural Racism, Social Injustice and Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Pilot Grants

DEADLINE: Monday, October 11, 2021 - 11:59 PM PST

No late applications will be accepted.

The Stanford MCHRI is pleased to announce the Research on the Structural Racism, Social Injustice and Health Disparities in Maternal and Child Health Pilot Grants.  Addressing the impact of structural racism and social injustice as key drivers in health disparities that affect maternal and child health are critical to advancing research.  Engaging with community partners in research is a key component in promoting health equity.  It enhances the creative process by bringing to the table new and relevant insights and contributes to a culture of health equity in all aspects of translational research in maternal and child health. This funding mechanism seeks to support researchers who understand the importance of these practices and provide support for transformative scholarship.  

This pilot grant is aimed at supporting research that not only highlights an important maternal and child health disparity (e.g. racial and ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic, sexual orientation and gender identity) but also focuses on reasons or drivers of these disparities. The projects propose action-oriented strategies to promote equity and improve health outcomes in diverse communities through policy or programmatic changes and innovations.      

Investigators are strongly encouraged to engage in partnerships with communities when possible. 

Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

MCHRI is offering one pilot grant through a generous donation from the Gut It Out Foundation.  The Gut It Out Foundation was founded by Major League Baseball player, Jake Diekman, and his wife, Amanda, to connect the IBD community and strengthen resources and quality of life for those living with IBD. The four impact areas are research, education, pediatrics, and support groups.  The award in the amount of $35,000 is for research on the structural racism, social injustice, and health disparities within IBD in the maternal and child health community. Any investigator at the rank of Instructor or above should apply. Application requirements are the same.   

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Key Dates

Action Date
Application Deadline October 11, 2021
Notification of Awards December 2021
Award Start Date January 1, 2022

The performance period is 12 months.

Forms for Applicants

Funding Amount

Total funding is $35,000 for one year. Funding is offered in the following categories: 

  • Category I:     Pilot Early Career ($35K)
  • Category II:    Pilot Mid/Senior Investigators ($35K)

This award provides both PI salary and non-salary support for hypothesis-driven or hypothesis-seeking research that could lead to research that is externally fundable as a result of the proposed study. The study must be a pilot, concept, development, or feasibility proposal. 

General Eligibility

  • Applications welcome from faculty (CE, MCL, NTLR, NTLT, UTL) at the Instructor rank or above. This mechanism is not intended for Clinical Scholars.   
  • All applicants must have, or plan on, having a focus on maternal child1 health research. Research must be primarily related to maternal child health. “Child” refers to the expectant mother, oocyte, zygote, embryo, fetus, infant, child and adolescent.   
  • All applicants and their mentors must be MCHRI Members.
  • A Primary Research Mentor must be identified for instructors and assistant professors in all faculty lines.
  • The following are not eligible:
    • Visiting scholars to Stanford
    • Senior Research Scientists, Research Associates/Assistants
    • Former recipients of MCHRI 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.

Examples of funded projects:

  • Research that engages with community partners to support under-represented racial/ethnic minority patients experiencing food insecurity and allergies through a pilot program.
  • Research to determine whether shorter, more frequent telehealth visits are feasible for publicly insured children with type 1 diabetes without compromising outcomes.
  • A pilot project to validate and improve an AntiRacism Perinatal Preferences Tool before use in a prospective study.
  • A pilot project to collect vocabulary data of children from diverse backgrounds impacted by socioeconomic disparities (SES) to examine causal links between SES - related factors and children’s language outcomes.

We strongly encourage any potential applicant to review, “How to Embed a Racial and Ethnic Equity Perspective in Research Practical Guidance for the Research Process” by Kristine Andrews, Jenita Parekh, and Shantai Peckoo to ensure that research topics include an equity perspective across the entire research process.

A recording of a recent info session and a Q&A sheet are available below. 

Reviewer Form

Funding Rates

YEAR # of Applications # of Awards
Funding Rate
Total Awarded
FY 21  28 10  36% $344,516


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

Policy Updates

Visit Policy Updates for more information.


View the program Q&A sheet for more information about the program. 

Program Review Chairs

Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH
Professor, Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)

Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH, MSHS 
Associate Professor, Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)


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