Published: 06/27/2023

By Jamie Hansen, Global Health Communications Manager

Cover photo of women during a family planning training in Jimma, Ethiopia, courtesy of, Maheder Haileselassie Tadese/Getty Images

Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health today announced a record 17 new global health seed grants, each of which tackles an emerging threat to global health, and each with the potential to save lives and improve global health equity.

CIGH is entering its 12th year of funding early-stage research projects in global health through its annual Global Health Seed Grant awards. Stanford’s exceptional ecosystem of talented researchers is an ideal place to incubate lifesaving innovations, which require initial funding to bring these ideas to fruition.

Through partnerships with funders across campus, CIGH has funded nearly 100 innovative projects, 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.

This year’s winning grants span numerous disciplines and multiple continents, involving a range of international and local partners. They include, to name just a few: A project to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics post-surgery in Malawi, Rwanda, and Ethiopia; a collaboration with the WHO Health Emergencies Program to develop digital training for managing health emergencies in order to help low-resource settings prepare for the next pandemic; and an initiative to improve mental health outcomes for survivors of human trafficking in Brazil.

“The number of grants awarded this year is a testament to the quality and quantity of excellent proposals we received,” said Dr. Michele Barry, director of CIGH and the senior associate dean of global health in the school of medicine.

These projects would not be possible without the generosity of our funders who recognized the importance of funding multidisciplinary teams to generate new global health solutions.

“Without these donors’ generous support, lifesaving research that targets overlooked and marginalized populations around the world would not be possible,” Barry said.

CIGH’s annual seed grant program is announced in February of every year, and grant opportunities range from $10,000-$50,000. Please keep an eye on our newsletter for information on the next request for proposals.

Learn about each seed grant awardee via the links below.

A community-based participatory study to support parenting and improve family mental health in refugee shelters in Tijuana, Mexico

A pilot randomized trial comparing the effectiveness of a medical mobile clinic (MMC) vs. a MMC plus telemedicine with remote monitoring blood pressure device in under-resourced areas of the Philippines

A trauma-informed approach to United Nations’ war crimes investigations

Characterizing road traffic injuries and their associated healthcare and financial burdens in Kandy District, Sri Lanka

Community collaboration toward improved mental health outcomes for survivors of human trafficking in Brazil

Evaluating a culturally responsive psychosocial support program for Afghan refugee young adults resettled in Southern California

Decent fisheries in a changing climate

Frugal innovations in child cardiac care in a rural health system in India

Health currency: the impact of cash transfers for a housing-insecure population

Implementing novel active tuberculosis case-finding approaches and preventive measures in an Indonesian prison

Local solutions to global problems; measuring community-centered solutions for better human health and forest conservation

Perceptions of people with albinism towards vaccinations in Tanzania

Preparing for Disease X: Collaborating with the WHO Health Emergencies Program to improve digital education readiness for health emergencies

Reducing intraventricular hemorrhage in premature infants in Brazil

Screening and treating diabetic retinopathy in Kumasi, Ghana

Task-sharing the Youth Readiness Intervention to improve the mental health outcomes of Somali war-affected youth in Kenya

Using an “antibiotic timeout” to reduce unnecessary perioperative antibiotic use in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Rwanda