Skip to content Skip to navigation

Office of International Affairs announce winners of faculty seed grants

July 09, 2013
Image credit: Graduate School of Business

In an increasingly global world, it has never been more important to reach out and connect with international partners on joint research projects. The Office of International Affairs has announced winners of its inaugural seed grant intended to support faculty in establishing relationships with non-Stanford researchers outside of the US.  Six proposals from a pool of fifty-nine submissions were selected. Proposals for grants of up to $15000 were submitted and all awarded proposals were fully funded. Two of the selected proposals are from the School of Humanities & Sciences; one from the School of Earth Sciences; one from the School of Medicine; one from the Stanford Law School; and one for the School of Engineering.

Healthcare Policy in India

With a population of 1.21 billion people (2011 census), India is currently the second most populous country behind China. However, according to the IDA (International Database) at the US Census Bureau, India is expected to surpass China as the most populous country in the world by 2025. Currently, the UN Development Program* has reported that nearly 42% of the Indian population lives on less than US$1.25/day. High out of pocket costs are driving poverty up.

The Stanford-India Health Policy Research Initiative aims to identify institutional and behavioral obstacles that prevent health programs from reaching their full potential, to develop a new conceptual framework for analyzing these obstacles, and to formulate strategies that address them. Led by Dr. Grant Miller, Stanford participants (members of IDEO and Biodesign), and Indian participants (members of Institute of Socio-Economic Research on Development and Democracy) will work jointly to address these issues. The award will also allow for student health policy projects where teams of students from Stanford and India will conduct projects on specific topics. The work will span three quarters (with commensurate course credit) and will include both in-depth study on campus and two summer months in India conducting observation and interviews during university recesses. The terminal product will be a policy analysis report, providing critical analysis and proposing concrete candidate solutions for further exploration and experimentation. Students will be trained and have real-time practice in qualitative research methods and human-centered design research and ideation.

The next round of seed grants for international research will be offered again in early Fall 2013.  Bookmark our website, or follow us on Twitter, @StanfordOIA, to receive news on the next round of funding. The complete list of OIA Spring 2013 faculty seed grant projects are:

School of Earth Sciences

Geophysics and Geothermal Tibet, Simon Klemperer

School of Engineering

Community-Scale Water Disinfection in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jenna Davis

School of Medicine

Stanford India Health Policy Research Initiative, Grant Miller

School of Humanities & Sciences

Coral Resilience and Climate Change in the Cook Islands, Stephen Palumbi

New Collaboration with Hunan University and Stanford's Center for Deliberative Democracy, James Fishkin

Stanford Law School

Catalyzing Latin American Research Partnerships for the Study of Crime, Violence and Citizen Security, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar