SPARK Global Translational Research Pilot Grants 2020: Request for Proposals

Posted on September 25th, 2019

SPARK Global is pleased to announce its inaugural calls for multi-institutional collaboration proposals to support the discovery and development of novel therapeutics and diagnostics that address unmet medical needs in global health. This specific program is kindly funded by a philanthropic foundation and, accordingly, successful projects will be subject to the foundation’s final decision.

SPARK Global offers funding, education regarding the multi-disciplinary product development process and project-specific mentorship to enable SPARK Global members to advance promising research discoveries to the clinic and/or commercial sector.

Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2019, 6 p.m. (US Pacific Time) via online application >>

Selection details, requirements and other information will be outlined in the email announcements that will be sent out to the regional directors.

Project selection & requirements:
Proposals will initially be reviewed by a selection committee comprising Stanford faculty and industry experts. Recommendations will be made to the funding foundation who will then ultimately decide which projects they will fund.

Projects must contain, and will be evaluated, on the following:
a) Proposal must be a collaborative project between at least two SPARK Global affiliated institutions from disparate locations.

b) The project must have one PI from each of the affiliated SPARK Global institutions nominated on the proposal.

c) Proposals must provide a detailed and itemized milestone driven budget.

d) Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
 Scope and/or severity of the unmet medical need.
 Novelty of approach.
 Feasibility of the proposal’s path to clinic.