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Now Accepting Letters of Intent for the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Seed Grant Program, Round 8

Letters of Intent must be received by: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by 5:00 PM (PST)

Photo of IIP Seed Grants symposium poster session in progress.

A Stanford Bio-X IIP Seed Grants Symposium poster session in progress.

The Stanford Bio-X program has, as one of its major goals, the enhancement of interdisciplinary interactions between and among all scientific communities at Stanford. Bio-X brings together researchers in computer science and technology, engineering, the basic sciences in H&S, the earth sciences and the pre-clinical and clinical sciences in the School of Medicine in areas related to biosciences, biomedicine, and bioengineering. The IIP awards provide seed funding for high-risk, high-reward collaborative proposals including basic research leading to fundamental discoveries, as well as innovative technology.

We are announcing this request for letters of intent (LOI) for interdisciplinary initiatives Seed Grants to all Stanford Faculty (tenured, tenure-line, and clinical faculty with a full and finalized faculty appointment) who are affiliated with Bio-X (all Stanford Faculty are eligible to become affiliated with Bio-X and should contact Cici Huber at for details). The LOI's will be evaluated as to their interdisciplinary nature, quality, likelihood of being successful, whether they address the scientific and programmatic goals of Stanford Bio-X in its broadest sense that involve Principal Investigators in at least two different disciplines, have the potential for obtaining future support for sustainability, and whether the proposal is a new collaboration between the faculty. It will be important to document how the collaborative effort will be stronger than the sum of two independent projects; we will consider proposals in the range of up to $100,000 a year for two years. Support could be for personnel (undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral students, research assistants, or associates), supplies, small equipment, travel, or seminar and symposia needs. Faculty salaries on the grants are generally not allowed.

To be eligible to submit an LOI, applicants must be:

  • Stanford tenured and tenure-line faculty, affiliated with Stanford Bio-X
  • Clinical faculty with a full and finalized faculty appointment, affiliated with Stanford Bio-X

All Stanford faculty with a full departmental appointment are eligible to become affiliated and must contact for details.

Please note that consulting faculty, postdocs, research assistants, etc. are not eligible to apply.

Letters of Intent require:

  1. A completed cover page (refer to cover page button below):
     Cover Page includes:
    • Project title
    • Principal Investigator's* information (must be Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty)
    • Co-PIs'* information (all co-PIs must have faculty status and must be Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty)
    • A non-confidential lay abstract
  2. A one- to two-page description of the project goals, the individuals and disciplines involved, and its impact on biology.
  3. Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by 5:00 PM (PST)

The Interdisciplinary Initiatives Program Committee will review these letters. Those groups whose letters are deemed appropriate will be contacted and asked to write a full proposal. We will accept up to two Letters of Intent from one primary PI (if your LOIs are selected for full proposals, only ONE proposal will be accepted from a primary PI). We are asking that all letters of intent be sent electronically as a Word or PDF document to Cici Huber at, no later than April 6, 2016 on or before 5:00PM. You will be notified by the end of May if your LOI has been selected for a full proposal. You will have until July 8th to write and submit a proposal. Funding to selected proposals is anticipated to be available on October 1, 2016.

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of your proposal, or if you need any additional information, please contact Dr. Harvey Cohen at or Dr. Heideh Fattaey at

Letters of Intent must be received by Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by 5:00 PM (PST).

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