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2019 Seed Grant Competition: Postdocs at the Interface


Stanford ChEM-H is soliciting seed grant proposals from the Stanford community of postdoctoral researchers for exploratory projects that align with the Institute’s mission. Successful proposals will combine the complementary expertise of two or more postdoctoral researchers (including Ph.D. holders, M.D. residents and M.D. clinical fellows) who seek to collaboratively explore a potentially transformative new idea with the support of their mentors. Collaborations that bridge chemistry or engineering with the biomedical sciences or medicine are of particular interest to ChEM-H. Basic research and translational research proposals are welcome.

Through this funding mechanism, ChEM-H seeks to support new, original research projects that facilitate new collaborations between postdocs. In the spirit of the award, we will only accept project proposals that have not previously been submitted for internal or external funding.


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June 10, 2019 by 5 PM


Each seed grant will provide $50K in direct cost funding for a one-year period. These funds may be used for salary, benefits, and/or laboratory supplies. 


Proposals should involve collaborations between two or more postdoctoral researchers, medical residents, or clinical fellows with existing appointments at Stanford. The primary mentor for each co-applicant on a given proposal cannot be the same. Early-stage postdocs are encouraged to apply. Collaborations between postdoctoral fellows with Ph.D. and M.D. degrees are also highly encouraged.

Application Guidelines

Please see the RFP for detailed application instructions: 2019_chem-h_postdocs_at_the_interface_rfp.pdf

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty panel consisting of Stanford ChEM-H affiliated faculty and scored based on the originality and potential impact of the idea rather than the strength of the preliminary data. Preference will be given to proposals that yield resources or insights that will be of benefit to the broader Stanford research community and to proposals that truly cross disciplines.

Applications will be selected in July and funded effective August 1, 2019.


Dr. Katherine Alfieri

Stanford ChEM-H Scientific Program Manager