Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and Celiac Disease Seed Grant

Accepting Applications

The Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and Celiac Disease Seed Grant 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. 

Funding Details

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 Postdoctoral and Early Career Support Awards  funding opportunity.


September 9, 2024

November 2024

January 27, 2025

May 2025

June 1, 2025

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

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.

Additionally, the primary research mentor and applicant must also be a Member of the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and Celiac Disease. Please apply on the Center Membership webpage, which can be located above in the right tab. Failure to apply for membership will result in the application process being withheld.

All abstracts, presentations, and publications about research supported by the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and Celiac Disease award should include an acknowledgment of the Center’s support using the funding acknowledgment guidelines.

Letters of intent and full proposals will be reviewed by the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health Center for IBD and Celiac Disease Research Program External Advisory Board (EAB) and 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. 

MCHRI is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in all aspects of our work supporting research, education and resources in maternal and child health. 

All applicants will be asked to provide a DEIJ statement in their application

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