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Global Development Research Funding 2022-23

Apply before: March 22, 2023

Global Development Research Funding 2022-23  is open to Stanford faculty and postdoctoral scholars performing new research on topics relevant to global development and poverty. Proposals will be accepted and considered twice yearly.

The Stanford King Center on Global Development is a Stanford University research center working to improve the lives of the world’s poor. We stimulate and support research, inspire students, and collaborate with thought leaders and influencers to make a real-world impact.

The King Center invites proposals from Stanford faculty and postdoctoral scholars for small projects or for seed funding of projects that have the potential to help the investigators to write competitive research proposals for other funding sources based on the initial results.

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Scope and scale: 

The proposed work may involve the broad range of disciplines involved in global development, including but not limited to earth sciences, economics, engineering, medicine, political science, and policy.

Proposals for which this funding would be incremental to funding already available, or for which the research is already sufficiently advanced to be a good candidate for other funding, are less likely to be selected.

Salary support for faculty is not allowed. Proposals with substantial requests for funding for existing staff or postdoctoral salaries will not be prioritized for support through this mechanism.

Proposals for projects that involve in-country research experience for PhD and masters students are encouraged.

Projects will be funded for up to two years. One no-cost extension for the duration of up to one year past the original end date of the award may be requested. Follow-up funding in subsequent years is not anticipated.

For postdoctoral scholars, it is expected that the proposed project will be completed during the postdoctoral appointment; funding cannot be transferred to other institutions nor continue after a Stanford appointment ends.


The primary Principal Investigators (PIs) must be Stanford faculty members with one of the following appointment types:

Clinician Educators (Clinical Educator line), Clinical Professors, and Instructors are not eligible to receive Stanford Faculty Research Grants from the Stanford King Center on Global Development. If you have one of these appointments, but will be transitioning into an eligible faculty appointment as indicated above, please indicate this and include your appointment letter showing that you will become an eligible faculty member during the initial year of project funding when you submit your application.

Stanford postdoctoral scholars are also eligible. Postdoctoral scholars applying for funding should also submit a note from their faculty mentor indicating a willingness to serve as the official PI if needed for Stanford systems.

Please note that consulting faculty and academic staff are not eligible to apply.

Full proposals (format and submission instructions described above) should be submitted through this Stanford Seed Funding website.  Proposed budgets need not be routed through OSR for this internally funded research initiative. Proposals must be self-contained with no links to additional information.


Expected funding for each project Global Development Research Funding 2022-23 is up to $80,000 per project for faculty and $30,000 for postdoctoral scholars. Modest proposals are welcome and appreciated.

Application process

Click here to submit your application.

Proposal review and selection criteria:

The objective of the review process is to identify high-quality projects that are consistent with the goals of this solicitation. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee that will apply a general filter for alignment with the themes of global poverty and development, and then use the following criteria to evaluate the proposals:

  1. Innovation
  2. Academic rigor, and
  3. Whether the budget is commensurate with the value of the proposed research. Budgets will be scrutinized for value of money.

Priority will be given to junior faculty over senior faculty.

Committee members who are involved in a proposed project will recuse themselves from discussions of the relevant proposals. The committee may be supplemented by other faculty and experts at Stanford and outside with knowledge related to the areas of research but who are not involved in the proposed effort, with the requirement that each reviewer maintain the confidentiality of the proposed work.

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