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Funding Opportunities

Seed is awarding research funds to Stanford faculty and PhD students from across the university to advance fundamental knowledge about entrepreneurship, innovation, and the growth of firms in developing economies.

Discovery Awards

Discovery awards offer funding for faculty-led activities (e.g., events, working groups, study trips, and training sessions) intended to stimulate the discovery of novel research ideas.

Stanford Global Development and Poverty (GDP) Initiative

GDP is a universitywide research initiative of Seed in partnership with the Freeman Spogli Institute. GDP funds multiyear awards to launch promising new research with the potential for scalable, sustainable impact on those living in poverty worldwide.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies Awards (I-Awards)

I-Awards fund faculty who are pursuing small- or large-scale projects, PhD​ candidates during the implementation phase of a dissertation project, and PhD fellowships during the writing phase of a dissertation project.

Award Type Eligible Applicants Award Size Application Deadlines
Discovery Awards Stanford faculty Up to $30,000 Accepted on rolling basis
GDP Stanford faculty Up to $400,000 for a multiyear period 2015-16
Large-Scale Projects Stanford faculty Up to $150,000 over a two-year period 01 Feb 2017
Small-Scale Projects Stanford faculty Up to $35,000 over a one-year period Autumn
28 Oct 2016
01 Feb 2017
PhDs Stanford PhD candidates Up to $15,000 over a one-year period Autumn
28 Oct 2016
01 Feb 2017
PhD Fellowships Stanford PhD candidates with/expecting TGR status $39,348 for 2016-17 01 Feb 2017