Call for Proposals: 2022 Stanford Global Health Seed Grants

The joy of sight-restoration in Harar, Ethiopia. Photo courtesy of Amanda Conde and the Himalayan Cataract Project.

 The Byers Eye Institute at Stanford is pleased to partner with the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health to support the annual Stanford Global Health Seed Grant program. This program, in partnership with funders and organizations across Stanford, encourages the development of innovative solutions to global health and planetary health challenges. Grants between $10,000-$50,000 are awarded over an 18-month period. 

Proposals due: Friday, April 15, 2022

Priority Areas 

Preference will be given to research teams that include more than one discipline and reflect the Center for Innovation in Global Health’s major initiatives and funders’ priorities:

  • Global Health: Interdisciplinary, solutions-oriented research that seeks to improve health in low-resourced settings
  • Human and Planetary Health: Research that addresses the health implications of climate change or other forms or environmental degradation
  • Global Maternal and Child Health: Projects that seek solutions to improve maternal and child health in low-resource settings
  • Global Emergency Medicine: Projects that support innovative research in emergency medicine in low-resource settings
  • Global Surgery: Projects to develop or support educational programs, research, or innovations that improve global surgical care
  • Global Ophthalmology: Projects that support research that improves global eye health


  1. The following are eligible to submit proposals:
    • Stanford faculty with PI eligibility [tenure line (UTL), university medical line (UML) or research (NTLR) faculty appointments] 
    • Clinician Educators (CE) at the rank of clinical assistant professor and above who are full-time Stanford employees with 100% CE faculty appointments
    • Post-Doctoral fellows, clinical trainees, instructors, and research scientists/scholars must identify a faculty mentor and may be included as co-PIs.
  2. Projects that create new interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged, as are those including Fellows, post-docs, students, and/or staff. Teams may include investigators in off-campus partner institutions, including in Low- or Middle-Income Countries. Teams may also partner with nonprofit organizations, industry or government officials.

 * At this stage, you do not have to prepare a PIF, a PDRF form or work with your institutional representative (RPM or OSR)

Budget Guidelines

Award amounts are based on analysis of a detailed budget request.

  • Funds may be used for salary support of faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and other research staff.
  • Eligible budget items include: operating supplies, minor equipment items, communications expenses, meeting costs, prototyping expenses, imaging time, and travel directly associated with the research activity.
  • The grants will not support general (non-research-related) staff, administrative support, or tuition.
  • No indirect charges need be included in your budget.

Submission Guideline

All documents should be in pdf format, single-spaced, Arial 11-point font, with one-inch margins. Submissions must not exceed 3 pages, exclusive of cover page, citations, budget, and biographical information.

Each proposal must include:

  1. Cover page with project title, one-paragraph summary, and each team member’s name, email, professional title, and department and school affiliation(s)
  2. Proposal
    1. Introduction
    2. Specific aims
    3. Preliminary data (if available)
    4. Proposed project design and methods
    5. Collaboration plan (how will the multi-disciplinary team work together)
    6. Description of potential for impact and follow-on funding
  3. Supporting material
    1. Literature cited
    2. Itemized budget with brief budget justification
    3. Short (150 words max) bio-sketches for team members

Selection Criteria

The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health and funders will review proposals based on:

  • Scientific merit of the proposal, with quality, innovation and creativity balanced by likelihood of success
  • Interdisciplinary nature of the project and research team, including international collaborations where appropriate
  • Likelihood that results or solutions will result in improvement of health issues faced by vulnerable populations
  • A persuasive case that results would catalyze further funding from external sources
  • Alignment between the proposal’s goals, the goals of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and the program priority areas and funder interests

Funders include the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, the Woods Institute for the Environment, the Maternal and Child Health Research Institute, the Sean Parker Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research, the SOM Departments of Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Emergency Medicine.

Key Dates:

  • April 15, 2022: Proposals due
  • Early June: Award letters are sent out
  • July 1, 2022: Grants begin. Awards will be for 18 months or less, all grantees are eligible for one no-cost extension if necessary.

Reporting Requirements:

Once grants are awarded, the project team must submit a PDRF form via SERA to set up their seed grant PTA. All grantees must submit annual progress reports by December 1, and a final report 45-days after the work has been completed. All seed grantees must also apply to present their funded research at the annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening.

Questions? Contact: S. Jill Mueller: