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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

Qingyu Zhao, Ph.D. (PI)
Neural and Behavioral Risk Factors for Depressive Symptoms in Emerging Adults during COVID-19

Small Scholarly Projects

  • Erin Cassidy Eagle, Ph.D. (PI)
    Promoting Psychological Wellness in Older Adults
  • Huiqiong Deng, MD, PhD (PI)
    A survey study of Asian college student mental health during COVID in the United States
  • Mari Kurahashi, M.D., MPH (PI)
    Developing Digital Parent-Based Psychiatric Treatments to Address the Pediatric Mental Health Access Crisis
  • Jonathan  Lee,  M.D., MBA (PI)
    Using Text Analysis and Online Survey Experiments to Study Distrust in Public Health Institutions
  • Daryn Reicherter, M.D. (PI)
    “I want my. Stōkt T.V.”  Producing a short film-based Toolkit based on “The Psychology of Stoked" undergraduate course to help address the California High School system’s mental health crisis.
  • Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. (PI)
    Building Research Interest (BRIGHT) in Psychiatry Training: A Pilot Inclusive Research Career Pipeline Program

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