Apply Now: Impact Lab Start-Up Funding

We are pleased to announce the third call for proposals for Impact Lab Start-Up Funding. These two-year, $250,000 per year, investments will be allocated on a competitive basis to new or existing teams or labs that identify a well-defined social problem they wish to tackle, provide evidence of a strong partnership in place to facilitate the research and development process, communicate a promising research design, demonstrate that they have a credible team in place to carry out the work, and have a compelling theory of the relationship between scientific progress and impact on this problem. Letters of Interest are due by Friday, Oct 29th. 

We expect the Start-Up Funding competition will appeal to a wide variety of teams/labs at different stages in their work: 

  • For more established teams/labs, we expect that applicants will demonstrate a promising new direction that they would not otherwise be in a position to pursue with existing funding/resources. This might involve a new aspect of the problem space in which they work, an opportunity with a new partner, or a strategy for scaling proven interventions to new contexts (as long as there is a clear scientific component as well). 
  • For new teams/labs, the investment might provide the capital needed to build out a professional team to support an initial project or set of well-defined projects to launch an R&D cycle with an external partner. 

We are implementing a few key changes to our review process based on our experience from previous years. We encourage applicants to closely review the revised guidance, particularly around areas where past applications have been weak. 

We expect to make five to seven investments in this cycle, funding a combination of established and new teams or labs. 

The Stanford Impact Labs team will host multiple information sessions on-line to engage interested applicants directly about the process and answer any questions. Those sessions will happen October 5th, 2021 at 1pm, October 14th, 2021 at 2:30pm and October 19th, 2021 at 12pm. Prior registration is required. If you're unable to attend the information sessions, see this recording of the October 5th session.