Any clinical indication will be considered, with special targeted funds for child and maternal health. Award Amount is up to $75,000 per year.
Academic Council Faculty
Medical Center Line Faculty
Applications closed on September 27, 2019
Approximate Offer Date:
January 1st, 2020
The Stanford SPARK program supports the discovery and development of novel therapeutics and diagnostics that address unmet medical needs. SPARK offers funding, education regarding the multi-disciplinary product development process, and project-specific mentorship to enable faculty and trainees to advance promising research discoveries to the clinic and/or commercial sector. Much of the mentorship and education is provided by volunteer advisors from the local biotechnology ecosystem. Education and mentorship are available across the entire spectrum of drug and diagnostic development including the following areas: intellectual property and patent law; assay development; optimization of therapeutic chemical structures; preclinical pharmacology and proof of concept studies; preclinical safety and pharmacokinetics; regulatory science and regulatory agency expectations; clinical study design and conduct; and commercialization/start-up company funding and incorporation.
The Stanford SPARK Program is a partnership between university and industry advisors to:
educate faculty, fellows and graduate students on the translational research process
help advance novel therapeutics and diagnostics to the clinic or commercial sector
promote efficient, cost-effective and innovative approaches to drug discovery and development
Proposals will be evaluated based on following three criteria:
• scope and/or severity of unmet medical need
• novelty of approach
• feasibility of the path to clinic
Stanford faculty with UTL, MCL, NTLR and CE faculty* appointments
Instructors and Clinical Instructors are also eligible
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (clinical and non-clinical) are required to include a PI eligible faculty member as co-PI on the application.
*CE faculty PI waivers are not needed for internal funding opportunities.
Selected awardees are expected to attend weekly Wednesday evening SPARK meetings and present project updates each quarter. In addition, awardees are required to meet with their project manager on a monthly basis.
Maximum funding amount:
How can the funds be used?
Typical grants range between $25,000 and $75,000 per year and depend on the individual proposal. SPARK Pilot Grants are intended to expend on current lab resources and personnel. Partial support of salaries for research personnel may be granted if allowed by the agency providing funding (e.g. child and maternal health projects).