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Programs in Research

Global Health Seed Grants

Stanford Global Health supports innovative research projects by awarding seed grants each year to multidisciplinary teams who are dedicating to solving global health problems in low-resource settings.

Program Overview

Stanford’s Global Health Seed Grant program encourages the development of innovative solutions to global health challenges. With early-stage funding, we support scientific and clinical research as well as innovations in health care implementation or delivery. The program seeks to build Stanford’s vibrant global health community and its outreach to international partners, as with the program pictured above, with Clea Sarnquist, in the Department of Pediatrics, and Michael Baiocchi, in the Department of Medicine: Mental health issues and violence among adolescents in the Nairobi slums: Can empowerment programs prevent or mitigate both?

Priorities reflect the Center’s major initiatives and priorities of those providing funding. Preference may be given to projects that:
• Address health implications of climate change or other forms or anthropogenic environmental degradation
• Address health implications of gender inequality
• Develop and/or test new technologies for improving global health
• Investigate global respiratory and allergy-related diseases
• Seek solutions to improve the health of pregnant women and children in low-resource settings
• Support innovative research in emergency medicine in low-resource settings

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Selection Criteria

The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health will review proposals based on:
• Scientific merit of the proposal, with quality, innovation and creativity balanced by likelihood of success.
• Broadly interdisciplinary: How will the team’s collaborative effort be stronger than the sum of its parts?
• Proposed projects should address health issues faced by vulnerable populations.
• Proposed projects should explicitly build capacity with international partners: What skills or other benefits will result for Stanford’s partner institutions?
• They should make a persuasive case that results would catalyze further funding from external sources.
• Engaging disciplines outside traditional biomedical fields (e.g. law, education, public policy) is encouraged.


2019 Seed Grant Winners

Peter Meaney, Charles G. Prober, Joshua Salomon, Ambrose Agweyu, Adolfine Hokororo, Christine L. Joyce, Segolame Setlhare, Kathryn A. Taubert: Development, Feasibility and Pilot Testing of a Digital Learning and Performance Assessment Platform for Healthcare Providers who care for Seriously Ill Children

Nicolas Cuttriss, Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, Jason Wang, Diana Naranjo, Linda Baer, Paulina Mantilla, Manuel Baldeon, Marco Fornasini: Leveraging patient registries and educational outreach models to build capacity for underserved global type 1 diabetes communities: Project ECHO T1D pilot and feasibility in Ecuador

Lawrence Wein, Halwest Mohammed: Sequential Optimization of the Demining Process

William Tarpeh, Becaye Sidy Diop: Creating Value from Fecal Sludge: Producing Ammonia Disinfectants Electrochemically in Dakar, Senegal

Pascaline Dupas, Dedevi Saka Marie Christine Apedo Amah, Yao N’dri: Remote Assistance and Coaching Helpline (REACH): an innovative approach to improving the quality of public healthcare in rural Cote d’Ivoire with community participation.

Lambertus Hesselink, Maya Ramachandran, Ashwini Ramamoorthy, Anna Von Wendorff:  Scopi, Low-cost Nasoendoscope

Giulio De Leo, Michele Barry, Kinari Webb, Susanne Sokolow, Isabel Jones, Andrea Lund, Zac Liu, Andy Chamberlin: Relationship between health care, rainforest conservation, and human well-being: evaluating impact of a 10 year program in Borneo

Kristen Aiemjoy, Jason Andrews, Jivan Shakya, Biraj Karmacharya, Benjamin Arnold: Integrated serologic surveillance for infectious disease transmission and vaccine-acquired immunity by fingerstick dried blood spots


2018 Seed Grant Winners

Niaz Banaei, in the Department of Pathology: Noninvasive diagnosis of tuberculosis through detection of cell-free DNA in plasma and urine
Sherry Wren, in the Department of Surgery, and Paul Wise, in the Department of Pediatrics: Improving the humanitarian response to civilians injured on the modern battlefront

Pascaline Dupas, in the Department of Economics: Mobile-izing community health workers: A randomized controlled trial in Malawi

Gary Darmstadt, in the Department of Pediatrics, and Natalie Fischer in the Department of Medicine-Infectious Diseases: Impact of a novel barrier repair therapy on the skin and gut microbiome and the prevention of atopic diseases in children in Bangladesh

David Relman, in the Department of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, and Elizabeth Costello, in the Department of Medicine: Gut microbiota acquisition and maturation over the first two years of life in a cohort of rural Bangladeshi children assessed for environmental enteric dysfunction

Robert Chang, in the Department of Ophthalmology: Machine learning for eye care in Nepal: Expanding access and improving care

Jason Andrews and Alexander Yu, in the Department of Medicine-Infectious Diseases: Relationship of typhoidal Salmonella in water with human typhoid fever and climate
Clea Sarnquist, in the Department of Pediatrics, and Michael Baiocchi, in the Department of Medicine: Mental health issues and violence among adolescents in the Nairobi slums: Can empowerment programs prevent or mitigate both?

Jennifer Keller, in the Department of Psychiatry: Linguistic and cultural adaptation of the Building Empowerment and Resilience Program for adolescent girls in Gujarat, India


2017 Seed Grant Winners

Desiree LaBeaud, in the Department of Pediatrics: Complex Data and Deep Learning for Disease Outbreak Prediction

Jennifer Newberry, in the Department of Emergency Medicine: Impact Analysis of a Comprehensive Gender-Based Violence Helpline in Gujarat, India

Homero Rivas, in the Department of Surgery: Scaling access to care in rural Mexico via Digital Health, Telemedicine and Drones

Robert Shafer, in the Department of Medicine-Infectious Diseases: Building HIV Drug Resistance Testing Capacity in LMICs – A Multidisciplinary Approach

Shruti Sheth, in the Department of Medicine: Point-of-care breast cancer capacity building and molecular diagnostic classification in Nigeria

Rebecca Walker, in the Department of Emergency Medicine: Improving Access to Quality Prehospital Emergency Care in Rural Nepal Through the Creation and Implementation of a Prehospital Care Protocol Mobile Application


2016 Seed Grant Winners

Shuchi Anand, in the Department of Medicine – Nephrology: CKDu in Sri Lanka: developing standard clinical criteria and a laboratory model

Ami Bhatt, in the Department of Medicine-Hematology: Microbiome in the extremes of BMI in the African continent

Lynn Hildemann, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Designing preferred windows to maximize household ventilation in urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Erin Mordecai, in the Department of Biology, and Desiree LaBeaud, in the Department of Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases: Predicting dengue transmission in a changing climate

Krish Seetah, in the Department of Anthropology: Integrating climatic, genomic and archeo-historic data: a proof-of-concept study to improve malaria ‘early-warning’ predictive models

Samuel So, in the Department of Surgery: A novel, smartphone-based point of care diagnostic device for quantitative and multiplexed testing of chronic hepatitis B infection, infectivity, immunity, and treatment response


2015 Seed Grant Winners

In response to an urgent need to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, seed grant funding in 2015 was awarded to teams of investigators to developing novel drugs and diagnostics and mapping the epidemic to help prevent further outbreaks. Read more about the Ebola Innovation grants and winning proposals.

Ann Arvin, Vice Provost and Dean of Research: Development of a novel high-throughput, virus-free assay to identify antibodies and drugs that interfere with Ebola infection by blocking virus entry into host cells

Utkan Demirci, Associate Professor of Radiology: Rapid Detection of Ebola Virus in Resource-Limited Settings

Shirit Einav, Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology: Saftey and Efficacy of approved anticancer drugs as novel strategy to combat Ebola

Zhiyuan Song, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology: Dynamically evaluating and mapping Ebola outbreak risks in West and Central Africa in response to social-environmental changes

Eugene Richardson, postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine: Social Epidemiology of Ebola


2014 Seed Grant Winners

Shirit Einav & Vijay Pande, in the Department/Division of Medicine/Infectious Diseases & Chemistry: Repurposing entacapone as an antiflaviviral drug

Ian Connolly, Jeffrey Yang, James Patell, in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Graduate School of Business, & miraclefeet.org: Miraclefeet Brace

Laura Kwong & Steve Luby, in the Departments of Civil/Environmental Engineering & Medicine: Exposure Assessment to Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Fecal Contamination of Children under 24 Months Old in Rural Bangladesh


2013 Seed Grant Winners

Julie Parsonnet, in the Department/Division of Medicine/Infectious Diseases: Exploratory study of sustainability of probiotic use in Bangladeshi infants

Eran Bendavid, in the Department of Medicine/General Medical Disciplines: HealthTrax: Solving Health Transportation Challenges Using a Geographic Information Systems Tool in Southern Zambia

Abby King, in the Department of Health Research & Policy: Nuestra Voz – Mexico

Saraswati Kache & Eric Nelson, in the Department of Pediatrics: Advancing Cholera Outbreak Management with Mobile Technology


2012 Seed Grant Winners

Paul Yock & Anna Messner, in the Department/Division of Med/CV-Med & Otolaryngology: Newborn hearing screening in the developing world – toward implementation of a novel device and innovative model of service delivery

Sakti Srivastava, in the Department of Surgery/Anatomy: An Automated, Text Message-Based Reminder System to Improve Childhood Vaccination Rates in Delhi and Warangal, India

Sindy Tang & Jianghong Rao, in the Departments of Mech. Engineering & Radiology: Point-of-care diagnosis of Tuberculosis by digitization and concentration of reporter enzyme fluorescence in microfluidic picoliter droplets

Paul Blumenthal & Jayakumar Rajadas, in the Departments/Division of Ob/Gyn & BioADD Service Center: Initiative for Innovative Longer-Acting Injectable Contraceptives