Stanford’s exceptional ecosystem of talented researchers is an ideal place to incubate lifesaving innovations, but still requires initial funding to bring these ideas to fruition. For the past 10 years, Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health has been providing funding to early-stage research projects in global health with our annual Global Health Seed Grant awards. Through partnerships with funders on and off campus, we have funded 79 grants to date, catalyzing careers and new initiatives, building much-needed bridges between wide-ranging disciplines, and often generating follow-on funding for a growing portfolio of new ventures.

Today we are proud to announce a record 14 new seed grants, each of which tackles an emerging threat to global health, and each with the potential to one day save human lives and improve health equity. The number of grants awarded this year is a testament to the quality and quantity of excellent proposals we received, and we thank everyone who applied.

These projects would not be possible without the generosity of our funders, each of whom sees the importance of funding multi-disciplinary teams to generate new global health solutions. These include the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Researchthe Stanford Medicine Department of Emergency Medicinethe Maternal & Child Health Research Institutethe Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford Center for Asian Research and Education, Stanford Department of Ophthalmology, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Surgery. Without their support, lifesaving research that targets overlooked and marginalized populations around the world would not be possible.

We invite you to read on via the links below and learn about each of these diverse and exciting projects —and their great potential for impact and change.


Assessing Salmonella Typhi contamination of water in urban settings of Liberia

Principal investigators: Seth Ari Sim-Son Hoffman, Stephen P. Luby, Jason Andrews, Alexandria Boehm

Funders: Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health


Community group model building to identify systemic barriers and facilitators of postpartum depression care delivery for the floating population in Shanghai

Principal investigators: Gary Darmstadt, Carmen Lee

Funders: Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Center for Asian Research and Education


Community responses and the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic in indigenous communities in Mexico

Principal investigators: Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Beatriz Magaloni

Funders: Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health


Effects of improved oxygen management practices and technology on management of retinopathy of prematurity in sub-Saharan Africa

Principal investigators: Sarthak Shah, Scott Lambert

Funders: Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Department of Ophthalmology


Healthy Schools – diabetes awareness and prevention education in India

Principal investigator: S.V. Mahadevan

Co-PIs: Latha Palaniappan, Nalini Saligram

Funders: Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health


Impact of Economic Sanctions on Maternal and Child Health

Primary investigators: Paul H. Wise, Ruth M. Gibson

Contributors – Aleksandra Kirilakha, Maja Pleic, Alexa Hui, Sebastien Bradley, Constantinos Syropoulos, Yoto Yotov

Funders: Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health


Implementing a quality assurance program for Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Rwanda

Principal investigators: Michelle Feltes, Enoch Obeng, Patrick Lanter

Funders: Stanford Emergency Medicine


Implementation of the ENTRUST platform for global surgical education and high-stakes assessment in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)

Principal investigators: Dana T. Lin; Cara A. Liebert

Funders: Stanford Department of Surgery


Improving healthcare resiliency by enhancing natural ventilation in Liberian healthcare facilities

Principal investigators: Jorge Salinas, Thomas Michael Baer

Funders: Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health


Intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy: a potential child growth intervention?

Investigators: Jade Benjamin-Chung, Prasanna Jagannathan, Abel Kakuru

Funders: Stanford Maternal & Child Health Research Institute, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health


Local Voices Network: Pilot of an intervention for supporting youth and elders with ecoanxiety in Nigeria, US, UK

Principal investigators: Britt Wray, Daryn Reicherter

Funders: Sean N Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research


Reducing spread of COVID-19 in households through low-cost ventilation/filtration devices; N95 respirators; and a safer-home checklist

Principal investigator: Abraar Karan

Team: Steve Luby; Vivian Levy; Priscilla Romero; Jorge Salinas; Lynn Hildemann

Funders: Stanford Health Care Research & Health Equity Program


Scaling sanitation to safeguard human and planetary health: designing, evaluating, and deploying urine separation and treatment

Primary investigators: William Tarpeh, David Lobell
Funders: Stanford Center for Innovation in Global HealthStanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Social-ecological connections between seafood borne disease and food security in the central Pacific 

Primary Investigators:  Fiorenza Micheli, Christopher Knight, Jacob Eurich, Christopher Golden, Larry Crowder

Funders: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Hero Image Caption: As part of a gut microbiome research project co-led by Dr. Ami Bhatt, launched with help from a Global Health Seed Grant, a field worker discusses considerations and challenges of field visits and sample collection during a house visit in Agincourt village within the Bushbuckridge municipality, South Africa.
Photo Credit: Floidy Wafawanaka