Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health Seed Grant program encourages the development of innovative solutions to global health challenges. With early-stage funding, this program supports operational, scientific and clinical research as well as innovations in health care implementation or delivery. The Center for Innovation in Global Health believes that local is global; we are committed to improving health equity among all underserved or marginalized groups.  We welcome applications from research teams that will conduct research related to improving health equity in the United States, and elsewhere. Interdisciplinary research teams are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Principal Investigators and funding must be based at Stanford University.

Priority Areas 

Priorities reflect the Center’s major initiatives and priorities of those providing funding. Preference may be given to projects that:


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

Selection Criteria

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

Amount of funding

$10,000 – $50,000 for 18 months. 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 Department of Emergency Medicine, the King Center for Global Development, Open Philanthropy, and Bob and Kathy Burke.

Budget Guidelines

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

Submission Guidelines

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.

To be considered, all elements of the proposal must be collated into one PDF file and uploaded.

Each proposal must include:

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

Proposals are due via online application by Thursday, April 15, 2021  at  11:59 PM.

Maximum funding amount: $50000

Questions and concerns: Please contact S. Jill Mueller,

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