With funding from the FTX Foundation, new three-year seed grant program, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2022, will catalyze Stanford-based research to prepare for and prevent the next pandemic

Contact: Global Health Communications Manager Jamie Hansen, jmhansen@stanford.edu

As humans encroach on our natural world, diseases with pandemic potential are increasingly common. The spread of new COVID-19 variants and monkeypox underscore the need to be ready to meet such threats before they become full-fledged crises. 

That’s why the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH), building on its successful Global Health Seed Grants program, is proud to launch a new $1.5 million seed grant initiative to catalyze research and innovations that prepare for and help prevent the next pandemic. 

CIGH is launching the three-year seed grant program with funding from The FTX Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the cryptocurrency exchange company FTX.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has warned us that deadly outbreaks of other pathogens are inevitable in our changing world — and that preparation is key to saving lives,” said Dr. Michele Barry, Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health. 

“With generous support from the FTX Foundation, world-class researchers at Stanford will be able to unleash exciting potential to generate new diagnostics and therapies for emerging pathogens as well as contribute to global understanding of how pandemics emerge,” said Barry.

FTX Founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said the grant aligned with the Foundation’s goal of supporting ambitious projects to improve humanity’s long-term prospects.

“Pandemic prevention and response are critical to our long-term wellbeing,” he said. “Through this new partnership, we’re thrilled to help launch projects that increase humanity’s chances of surviving and thriving well into the future. We are grateful to Dr. Barry and the Center for Innovation in Global Health for their leadership in this area.”

CIGH will issue a call for seed grants beginning in the fall of 2022. Stanford researchers across Stanford’s seven schools will be encouraged to build interdisciplinary teams around early-stage pilot research.

The Pandemic Prevention and Response Seed Grants build on the success of CIGH’s longstanding Global Health Seed Grant program, which brings Stanford experts together with international partners, to ensure research engages and meets the needs of the target populations. This high-impact program has been in existence since 2012 and has awarded 79 grants to-date, many of which have matured into large-scale research projects and new technologies for global health.

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