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Propel Grants Purpose and Priorities

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Propel Grants are designed to help Stanford-led research teams clear those final hurdles to submitting a competitive proposal for external funding.

Funded activities should support the development of key characteristics for grant success, which include:

  • a vetted vision, concept, and/or approach that fares well in review,
  • a demonstrated collaborative and cohesive team,
  • necessary preliminary data, proof of concept, and/or other elements to convince reviewers of feasibility,
  • alignment with and responsiveness to all sponsor and program goals, and
  • a well-written and beautifully illustrated proposal.

Two levels of funding are available.

  • $5,000: Small Propel Grants support administrative activities within the next six months.
  • Up to $50,000: Large Propel Grants support research activities within the next year.


Applications are particularly encouraged for, but not limited to, projects that do one or more of the following:

  • involve collaborative research across two or more departments
  • include team members from backgrounds underrepresented in the academy (e.g., ethnic, cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds, research expertise, career stage, institution/sector, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • strengthen collaboration between Stanford and SLAC