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Small Propel Grants Application Instructions

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Each proposal should be uploaded as a single PDF via the application form and is limited to two (2) pages.

Field-specific jargon and acronyms are discouraged unless an accompanying explanation is provided in the text. Font size must be 11 point or larger with 1” margins on all sides.

  1. Research vision overview.
    • Define the problem or aim your research question expects to solve.
    • State the research idea that addresses the need identified above and forms the basis of your proposal to an external funding agency.
    • Specify how the research idea is “beyond the usual” in scale for your discipline and routine work.
  2. Team composition.
    • List the team members’ names, titles, departments or division, and institution if external to Stanford, indicating which are confirmed or proposed.
    • If applicable, describe diversity within the team.
  3. External funding plan.
    • Describe the plan to submit a proposal to an external funding agency within the next 12 months. A minimum of one potential external grant must be identified. Proposing an alternative funding opportunity or back-up plan is encouraged.
    • Include the following details on the targeted external grant(s).
      • sponsor name
      • program name or identifier
      • submission date
      • expected budget request for the targeted external opportunity
      • URL to the funding solicitation if available.
  4. Propel Grant activities.
    • Specify the anticipated expenses or activities the Propel Grant funds will enable.
    • Explain how the proposed activities will enhance the competitiveness of the externally-funded proposal.