Stanford

Spectrum Pilot Grants

PILOT GRANTS




Contact Information

Ashley Dunn, MPH
Spectrum Pilot Program Manager
(650) 497-7032


Russ Altman, MD, PhD
SPADA Faculty Director


Jim Zuegel
SPADA Program Manager

SPADA -
Stanford Predictives and Diagnostics Accelerator



REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS


In keeping with its core mission, Spectrum offers grants for accelerating clinical and translational research (CTR) in biomedical and health-related areas.

The Stanford CTSA/Spectrum Pilot Grant Program has two major goals:

  • to stimulate innovative clinical and translational research and
  • to encourage collaborative, transdisciplinary work.

The primary expectation is that these early-stage translational projects will lead to additional research, external support, information dissemination and most important, will develop into longer-term, comprehensive projects. We encourage transdisciplinary collaborations, but this is not a requirement for funding.



SPADA OVERVIEW


SPADA, the Stanford Predictives and Diagnostics Accelerator, assists interdisciplinary innovations in research, development, and deployment of technologies that improve human health through disease prediction and/or diagnosis. The defined scope of SPADA includes projects with a goal of diagnosing and/or predicting the onset, course, worsening, or complications of disease, and prolonging health.


Pilot Grants for SPADA projects must have the objective of translating discoveries into novel Predictives and Diagnostics products that address unmet medical needs. Emphasis will be placed on technologies that have the potential to advance rapidly into clinical care through commercialization or other pathways.
Proposals should specifically address any or all of the following, as much as feasible:

  • size and scope of unmet need
  • drawbacks of current options
  • regulatory pathway
  • intellectual property landscape and freedom to operate

Some examples include prototype device development and investigator-initiated pilot clinical studies. » SPADA Projects funded in previous cycles


SPADA Advisors:        » Get a printable list of advisors

Name Company
Position/Role
Ted Driscoll Claremont Creek Ventures Digital Healthcare Lead, Partner
Alex deWinter
GE Healthymagination Director
Dave Forster
AorTx & Phoenix Biomedical Founder
David Hanzel
Metabiomics Former President & COO
Brad Young
Addison Field CEO
Marc Salit Stanford University Consulting Professor, Bioengineering
Sara Munro Stanford University/NIST Bioengineer
Steve Quake Stanford University Professor of Bioengineering
John Boothroyd Stanford University Prof. Microbiology and Immunology
Steve Lovett Palo Alto VA Chief of Psychology Department
Darlene Solomon Agilent Technologies Sr. Vice President and CTO
Janice Brown Stanford University Professor of Medicine

AMOUNT AND PERIOD OF FUNDING


Typical grants range between $15,000 and $50,000 per year period from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and must be completed in that timeframe. All unexpended funds will be forfeited if not spent within the 12-month award period. We encourage investigators to consider submitting requests less than the $50,000 maximum, as this will increase the probability of being funded and will enable us to award more grants.

ELIGIBILITY


Open to Stanford faculty including Clinical Educators (CE). Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars (clinical and non-clinical) are required to include a PI-eligible faculty member as co-PI on the application. CE’s applications should be focused on clinical research. CE faculty PI waivers are not needed for internal funding opportunities (see RMG waiver website for further details).

2017 PROPOSAL DEADLINE

All proposals for 2017 must be submitted by 6:00 PM PDT on Friday, October 7, 2016.



APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

  • Submit your proposal online. » Apply here.
    • Applicants must choose a primary program area (i.e., SPADA, SPARK, Biodesign, Population Health Sciences) for the project and may apply to another area if the project meets criteria for both programs.
    • Please communicate with program staff if it is unclear which program area is the best fit.
    • Projects will be awarded only one Spectrum Pilot Grant per annual grant cycle.

FORMAT

  • Page specifications
    • 8.5 x 11” page size
    • At least 0.75” margins on all sides
    • At least 10-point font size
  • Save your documents as PDFs to upload to Qualtrics (online submission)

APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

  • A cover sheet that includes:
    • Title of proposal
    • PI name title, email and department
    • Mentor name (if applicable)
    • Co-investigator names, departments and emails
    • Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) disclosure (yes/no) and docket number, if relevant.
    • Amount of funding requested
  • Body of proposal (3-page limit, at least 10-point font):

    • Description of proposed product
    • Underlying technology
    • Clinical indication/need and brief scope of market
    • Comparison to effectiveness and cost of current standard of care
    • Preliminary assessment of regulatory pathway, freedom to operate, IP landscape
    • Translational objectives that will be achieved with the funding
    • Development plan, including timeline and plans for funding post-award
    • Intellectual property status
    • Preliminary data (if any)
  • Budget (not part of page limit)

    • Allowable expenditures include: investigator’s salary, research personnel salaries, travel (if project-related) and project supplies.
    • Unallowable expenditures include: capital equipment costing more than $5,000, intellectual property services, and food are unallowable expenses.
    • Do not include indirect cost expenses.
  • Bios of all relevant staff involved in the project. (One paragraph maximum each person; not part of page limit.)
  • Note:
    • Figures and tables must be included within the body of the proposal.
    • References may be included and are not part of the page limit.
    • Do not include appendices to the proposal.
    • Applications that do not comply with the requirements will not be considered for review.

AWARD PROCESS

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of independent faculty and external reviewers, and awards will be based on individual selection criteria and scoring systems. In general, reviewers will select applications for consideration as finalists that have made convincing arguments that the investigator(s) is proposing a bold idea or approach that can have a major translational impact in translational research.

  • Finalists may be invited for oral presentations.
  • Awardees will be notified by the end of December 2016.

SPECTRUM PILOT GRANT POLICIES

QUESTIONS?

  • Application process and requirements -
    Spectrum Pilot Grant Program Manager: Ashley Dunn, (650) 497-7032
  • Scope of the proposal, criteria for awards or the review process -
    Pilot Grant Program manager: Jim Zuegel or Faculty Director: Russ Altman.

FUNDED PROJECTS FROM PREVIOUS CYCLES