Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and Celiac Disease Research Program Seed Grants

LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: Monday January 9, 2023 - 11:59 PM PST

FULL PROPOSAL DEADLINE (by invitation only): Monday, April 10, 2023 - 11:59 PM PST

The Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and Celiac Disease Research Program aims to spark innovative and transdisciplinary research and develop new treatments or knowledge to improve the lives of all children with IBD and celiac disease for generations to come.  Through this mechanism we can harness the expertise of investigators already in place across Stanford and pivot their work toward pediatric disease and push research in novel directions to benefit children.  The research awards will help fuel early-stage, high-risk, high-reward projects not yet ready for NIH or other government funding. 

A multi-PI approach is strongly encouraged for this initiative where at least two of the lead investigators are from different disciplines. Collaborations between basic or data scientists and physician scientists are particularly encouraged. Single-PI applications will be considered if the scientific rationale is compelling. Proposals should demonstrate a clear potential for the research to generate robust preliminary data for future applications to external funding agencies. 

The awards will provide up to 2 years of funding to support a wide range of scientific approaches with the potential to advance our understanding of pediatric IBD and celiac disease including but not limited to the following areas: 

  • Basic and translational research of disease mechanisms, therapeutic strategies, or treatment response in the areas of epithelial biology, microbiology, immunology, enteric nervous system.
  • Development of novel technologies to advance IBD research, diagnosis or evaluation, disease monitoring, treatments, or disease/response prediction (biomedical or chemical engineering, computer science).
  • Clinical research of novel treatment strategies or impactful health services, epidemiologic, outcomes, or health care disparities research.
  • Computational or systems biological approaches to advance understanding of disease mechanisms, treatment targets, or treatment response. 

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Key Dates

Action Date
LOI Deadline January 9, 2023
Full Proposal (by invitation) Deadline April 10, 2023
Notification of Awards June 2023
Award Start Date July 1, 2023

Term of Award

All awardees are limited to a single award of up to 2 years.

Forms for Applicants

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.  Visiting scholars are not eligible to serve as PI or Co-PI.  They may serve as collaborators or sub-investigators.  Applications may include co-investigators from other research organizations.

Funding Amount

Total seed funding award is $100,000 / year for up to two years. Applicants may request support for personnel (undergraduate or graduate students, post-doctoral fellows,* research assistants, associates, or faculty) and research-related expenses.

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

*If a substantial portion of the budget will be used to support a post-doctoral fellow, please consider the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and  Celiac Disease Postdoc and Early Career Support Awards  funding opportunity.

Assessment Criteria

Letters of intent and full proposals will be reviewed by the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and Celiac Disease Research Program Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and external peer reviewers.  Assessments will be based on the significance, innovation and approach of the proposed research; research environment and investigator team; relevance and potential impact of the research on pediatric IBD and celiac disease. 

Funding Rate

YEAR LOI Applications Invited Full Proposal Applicants Grants Awarded Funding Rate Total Awarded
FY22 9 4 4 100% $800,000
FY21 20 14 6 43% $1,200,000
FY20 30 14 5 25% $1,000,000

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Please contact Kim Stern at or 650-724-0279.