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Large Propel Grants

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The Propel Grants support collaborative teams in the final stages of developing proposals for large, complex external funding opportunities. The funded activities should enhance the competitiveness of the external proposal, increasing its likelihood of success.

$50,000 Grant Supported Activities

Activities should be part of the final stretch of a grant application, not early-stage data collection. Examples include, but are not limited to:

Conducting additional, desirable research experiments (not initial, essential preliminary data)

  • Accessing archives.
  • Performing additional data analysis.
  • Consulting with experts or hiring research assistants.
  • Bringing new collaborators together to demonstrate existing relationships in the proposal.
  • Implementing a triangulation protocol.
  • Producing questionnaires and surveys.
  • Travel for site visits.
  • Other elements to enhance chances of external funding success.

Up to $5,000 of the Propel Grant can be budgeted for proposal development/beautification:

  • Conducting an expert review of your proposal draft.
  • Hiring a graphic designer or scientific illustrator.

Note that all applicable university fees apply. Propel funds may be used to cover these expenses (e.g., Fees for Visiting Student Researchers, shared facility hourly rates, dedicated computing resources on Sherlock, Oak monthly storage, etc.).

Anticipated Awards

RDO invites applications from Stanford faculty for Propel Grants and, with a budget of up to $500,000 annually, anticipates granting up to 10 awards per year.