PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES:
This special Stanford Global Health Seed Grant program encourages the development of rapid and innovative responses to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in underserved areas of the US and in Low and Middle-Income countries. The program seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 particularly in underserved areas, support the development of practical, low-cost solutions, and catalyze Stanford’s vibrant global health research community.
Preference will be given to projects that prove the ability to bring solutions and innovations to scale rapidly (e.g. by the end of 2020) and will benefit low-resource settings. Examples of projects might:
- Seek to replenish the global supply of Personal Protection Equipment, respirators, ICU beds, or other medical equipment necessary for caring for COVID-19 patients that can be rapidly made available in a low-resource setting.
- Develop new point-of-care diagnostics for coronavirus, that can be rolled out in a low-resource setting.
- Develop new methods of delivering community health messages and promoting behavior change by promoting good hygiene, hand-washing, and other culturally appropriate coronavirus prevention strategies.
- Explore strategies to support families caring for infected loved ones at home.
- Conduct COVID-19 modelling.
- Make policy recommendations around effective COVID-19 governance, and surveillance and response.
- Design models of vaccine and drug trials.
- Develop and/or roll-out methods that provide emergency medicine and critical care in low-resource settings.
- Stanford Faculty with PI eligibility [tenure line (UTL), medical center line (MCL) or research (NTLR) Faculty appointments] may submit proposals. Clinician Educators (CE) at the rank of clinical assistant professor and above who are full-time Stanford employees with 100% CE faculty appointments are eligible. Post-doctoral fellows may be included as co-PIs.
- Clinical trainees, postdoctoral scholars/fellows, and regular (not senior) research scientists/scholars must identify a Faculty mentor.
- Projects that create new interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged, as are those including Fellows, post-docs, students, and/or staff. Teams may include investigators in partner institutions in the US or Low- or Middle-Income Countries. Teams may also partner with in-country nonprofit organizations, industry or government officials.
* You do not have to prepare a PIF, a PDRF form or work with your institutional representative (RPM or OSR)
The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health will review proposals based on:
- The project’s ability to provide actionable insights that would prevent deaths due to COVID-19 in underserved areas in the US and/or low- and middle-income countries.
- The likelihood of rapid deployment of new solutions, innovations, resources or technologies.
- Scientific merit of the proposal, with quality, innovation and creativity balanced by likelihood of success.
- 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 always encouraged, but is not a requirement to apply.
Award amounts are based on analysis of a detailed budget request.
- Funds may be used for salary support of faculty, graduate students and other research staff.
- Operating supplies, minor equipment items, prototyping expenses, imaging time, and travel directly associated with the research activity are examples of eligible budget items. (NOTE: Stanford’s current travel policy as a result of COVID-19)
- The grants will not support general staff, administrative support or tuition or attendance at meetings.
- No indirect charges need be included in your budget.
- All documents should be in pdf format, single-spaced, in Arial 11-point font, with one-inch margins.
- Submissions must be concise and practicle, and must not exceed 3 pages, exclusive of cover page, any citations, budget and biographical information.
Each proposal must include:
- 1. Cover page
- a. Project Title
- b. One-paragraph project summary
- c. For each team member: name, email, professional title, department and school affiliation(s)
- 2. Proposal
- a. Introduction
- b. Specific aims
- c. Background and reason for need during the COVID-19 pandemic
- d. Proposed project design and methods
- e. Collaboration plan including locations and communities that will benefit from this research
- f. Description of project goals and potential for impact
- 3. Supporting material
- a. Any relevant citations
- b. Budget
- c. Short (150 words max) bio-sketches for team members and recent CV for PI's
Proposals are due via ONLINE APPLICATION (https://seedfunding.stanford.edu/) on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM PDT.
Questions? Contact: S. Jill Mueller: email@example.com
AMOUNT OF FUNDING: $10,000 to $50,000 for up to 15 months.
Deadline for Submissions: Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5 PM PDT.
Notification of Selections: Friday, April 24, 2020.
Funding Period : May 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021