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Innovator Grants Program

Promoting research and collaborative scholarly projects to advance the academic interests of our faculty and the strategic themes of our department.

Funded Projects by Year

The Innovator Grants Program is designed to promote research and collaborative scholarly projects advancing the academic interests of our faculty and the strategic themes of the Department with two offerings:

  • Pilot Studies in novel scientific areas that have high potential to lead to competitive grant applications
  • Small Scholarly Projects related to areas including education, clinical care, community and health systems, and professional development

Projects across the full spectrum of science and scholarship are encouraged each year, and a large number of highly meritorious applications have been received, far exceeding the amount of funding available. The selected projects represent those most highly rated by reviewers and recognized for salience and balance across department missions. 

Pilot Studies

  • Weidong Cai, PhD (PI)
    Developing transdiagnostic and diagnostic neuromarkers of attention deficits in children with ADHD and ASD
  • Parnika Prashasti Saxena, MBBS (PI)
    Predictive value of parasympathetic tone in individuals receiving electroconvulsive treatment
  • Feng Vankee Lin, PhD (PI)
    Development of an individual training algorithm for Stanford Geriatric Psychiatry Program

Small Scholarly Projects

  • Nandini Datta, PhD (PI)
    Retrospective Evaluation of Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder Treatment and Clinical Features at Stanford’s Eating Disorders Outpatient Clinic
  • Melanie Hom, PhD (PI)
    Examining the Feasibility and Impact of a Novel Psychoeducation and Process Group for Asian and Asian American Psychiatric Outpatients
  • Matthew Gunther, MD, MA (PI)
    Delirium in the Medical Setting: Improving Awareness and Reducing Distress for Patients, Families, and Caregivers
  • Grace Lee, PhD (PI)
    Pilot study of virtual Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) skills group for individuals with psychosis and post-traumatic stress
  • Celeste Poe, PhD, LMFT (PI)
    PRIME3: Perinatal Resilience Initiative: Mental Health Equity through Education and Empowerment
  • Stephen Sai Folmsbee,  MD, PhD  (PI)
    Investigating the association between psychiatric medications, measures of inflammation, and clinical outcomes in neuroimmunologic diseases

For general inquiries about this program,
please contact Kyle McKinley, Program Manager, at kylemck@stanford.edu