Stanford Impact Labs (SIL) enables teams of Stanford scholars to work with the public, social, and private sectors to tackle social problems using human creativity, rigorous evidence, and innovative technology. We advance this goal by catalyzing solutions-focused research and training on a diversity of social problems with the goal of achieving broad public impact. We call the teams that do this work “Impact Labs.”
Stage 1: Seed Partnerships
Stanford Impact Labs (SIL) is pleased to announce the Request for Proposals for Stage 1: Seed Partnerships. This stage offers up to $350,000 to support early-stage work to better understand a social problem and deepen external partnerships in a way that creates a clear path to testing solutions. These investments will be allocated on a competitive basis to new or existing teams that clearly define the social problem they wish to assess, provide evidence of a partnership in place to facilitate the research and development process, and propose a plan of research and engagement that lays the groundwork for a future solutions-focused research and development (R&D) cycle.
We anticipate that the strongest candidates for Stage 1: Seed Partnerships funding will fall into two general categories:
Teams with (an) established partner(s) collaborating on a research project to better understand the nuances of a social problem (such as in a new context or discrete population) with the goal of building evidence to design/propose a solution. Teams may also have sufficient evidence to understand the drivers of a social problem but wish to pilot a limited intervention before proposing a larger-scale R&D cycle.
Teams with (a) new partner(s) seeking support to develop a deeper relationship with their partner(s) and to develop a shared understanding of causes and drivers of the social problem that sets the stage for designing and testing a solution.
At the end of the award period, we expect that teams will have:
Demonstrated a clear and nuanced understanding of the causes and drivers of the social problem in the specific contexts being researched
Implemented a dissemination plan to share new insights with both the field of study and the field of practice
Developed new and/or deeper relationships with both immediate partners and relevant decision-makers
Have a concrete plan to implement an R&D cycle to test a particular solution
To be eligible to apply, each proposal must have at least one PI-eligible Stanford faculty member and at least one partner outside of academia who is committed to the proposed work. In Stage 1: Seed Partnerships, therelationship between the research team and partner(s) can be in the early stages. Reviewers will be assessing proposals and letters of collaboration for clear alignment in research aims and project goals. More information on successful Stage 1: Seed Partnerships awardees can be found on our website.
Information on the requirements of the award can be found in the RFP.
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How can the funds be used?
While SIL investments are flexible and largely unrestricted, the most compelling budgets will be those that prioritize partner needs in allocating resources and invest in community engagement, research, program management, and data collection or analysis.