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The Stanford Global Health Seed Grant program encourages the development of innovative solutions to global health and planetary health challenges. It supports scientific and clinical research as well as innovations in health care implementation or delivery. The program seeks to enable Stanford’s vibrant global health community and build capacity with international partners. Research projects that have strong potential to generate solutions and impact, and/or scale-up into larger initiatives are encouraged to apply.

The Center for Innovation in Global Health believes that local is global; we are committed to improving health equity among all populations, including in the United States.

Proposals due: Friday, April 15, 2022

Priority Areas 

Preference will be given to research teams that include more than one discipline and reflect the Center for Innovation in Global Health’s major initiatives and funders’ priorities:


The following are eligible to submit proposals:

Projects that create new interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged, as are those including Fellows, post-docs, students, and/or staff. Teams may include investigators in off-campus partner institutions,including in Low- or Middle-Income Countries. Teams may also partner with nonprofit organizations, industry or government officials.

* At this stage, you do not have to prepare a PIF, a PDRF form or work with your institutional representative (RPM or OSR) 

Amount of funding

$10,000 – $50,000 for 18 months.

Budget Guidelines

Award amounts are based on analysis of a detailed budget request.

Submission Guideline

All documents should be in pdf format, single-spaced, Arial 11-point font, with one-inch margins. Submissions must not exceed 3 pages, exclusive of cover page, citations, budget, and biographical information.

Each proposal must include:

  1. Cover page with project title, one-paragraph summary, and each team member’s name, email, professional title, and department and school affiliation(s)
  2. Proposal
    1. Introduction
    2. Specific aims
    3. Preliminary data (if available)
    4. Proposed project design and methods
    5. Collaboration plan (how will the multi-disciplinary team work together)
    6. Description of potential for impact and follow-on funding
  3. Supporting material
    1. Literature cited
    2. Itemized budget with brief budget justification
    3. Short (150 words max) bio-sketches for team members

Selection Criteria

The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health and funders will review proposals based on:

Funders include the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, the Woods Institute for the Environment, the Maternal and Child Health Research Institute, the Sean Parker Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research, the SOM Departments of Surgery, Ophthalmology, and Emergency Medicine.

Key Dates:

Reporting Requirements:

Once grants are awarded, the project team must submit a PDRF form via SERA to set up their seed grant PTA. All grantees must submit annual progress reports by December 1, and a final report 45-days after the work has been completed. All seed grantees must also apply to present their funded research at the annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening.

Questions? Contact: S. Jill Mueller: