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Large Propel Grants Application Instructions

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Applications are accepted through the Stanford Seed Funding website. Please submit a PDF file for each of the following sections, single spaced with a minimum of an 11-point font and 1-inch margins on all sides.

  1. Overarching research idea (maximum one page). This should be a high-level overview of the research idea/vision that forms the basis of your external funding application. Specify how the project is collaborative in nature and “beyond the usual” in scale for your discipline.
  2. Team composition (0.5 page).  Include the members’ names, titles, and departments or institutions if external to Stanford, indicating which are confirmed or proposed. Include a paragraph describing the status/readiness level of the collaboration. If applicable, describe the diversity within the team.
  3. External funding plan (0.5 page). Describe the plan to pursue external funding. A minimum of one potential external grant must be identified. Include the following details on the targeted external grant(s). Proposing an alternative or back-up funding plan is encouraged
    • sponsor name
    • program name or identifier
    • submission date
    • expected budget request to Stanford, and
    • URL to the funding solicitation if available.
  4. Proposed activities (maximum 3 pages, not including references). Describe the research activities the Propel Grant funds will support, the timeline, the anticipated outcomes, and how the funded activities will enhance the competitiveness of an external grant application. Please provide enough details on the specific experimental design, approach, or activity to allow peer reviewers to assess likely impact.
  5. Budget and justification (1-2 pages). Provide a detailed table of estimated expenses and explain the need for this grant. If your budget exceeds $50,000, please justify.

We strongly advise the application to be written in clear, concise language accessible to a non-specialist audience.