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OIA Grant: Invite your international collaborator to Stanford

December 15, 2015
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As part of the Vice Provost and the Dean of Research, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) facilitates new collaborations with international partners on behalf of Stanford's faculty and students to broaden and deepen the scope of international research at Stanford.


Stanford faculty may apply for up to $10,000 to support travel and a stipend for living expenses (lodging, food, incidentals) for their international collaborator(s) to come to Stanford, for a minimum two-week visit. The funding cannot cover salary or compensation but could be used to pay for an honorarium. Grants will expire 12 months from the award start date. OIA will award up to five (5) grants.

What faculty have done in previous rounds of this grant

Elizabeth Hadly, a professor in biology, invited Kashish Das Strestha, an independent policy analyst and consultant to Parliamentary members from Nepal. Professor Hadly and other scientists collaborated with California Governor Jerry Brown and his office to write, Maintaining Life Support in the 21st Century, a consensus statement that delivers scientifically accurate information that is easy to understand. Mr. Das Strestha serves as a liaison and shares the work of the consensus statement with the citizens and policy makers of Nepal. More...

Angelle LaBeaud, an associate professor in pediatrics, invited Dr. Bryson Ndenga from the Kenya Emergency Medical Institute (KEMRI) to bring his entymology expertise to her lab at Stanford. They conduct research to improve early diagnosis of chikungunya and dengue, mosquito borne diseases that if left untreated, may lead to death. Professor LaBeaud extended her relationship with Dr. Ndenga to other researchers outside of her department that opened the doors for more collaboration between researchers at Stanford and at KEMRI. More...

In both cases, the international visitors gave talks/workshops and met with students and researchers beyond their hosting departments. They were generous with their time and agreed to be in-country resources for their respective countries. Conducting international research can be challenging and having in-country connections is invaluable.


OIA invites proposals from faculty who are members of the Academic Council or faculty from the Medical Center Line to invite their international collaborators to Stanford to grow a potential collaboration on international research. Collaborators must come from a group of countries that includes the Least Developed Countries (LDC) as defined by the United Nations or Low Income Countries (LIC) to Low Middle Income Countries (LMIC) as defined by the World Bank. Click HERE for the full list of countries. Faculty that have invited collaborators to Stanford with a previous OIA grant are not eligible for this opportunity.

For proposals of comparable merit, priority will be given to those faculty that have updated their Stanford Profile with their international research. International research in your Stanford Profile will display on GoGlobal, the university map that aggregates international research, courses, news and events from across campus. Refer to this article about Stanford Profiles for additional information. If you are not sure whether or not you have a Stanford Profile, please email Pauline Larmaraud at before applying.

Application Guidelines

Please submit a proposal via this online form.

Proposals will be assessed by faculty reviewers based on the following criteria:

1) New & Innovative – What can be accomplished that is new or innovative by inviting this collaborator to Stanford? How would such a visit help take the partnership to a new level? OIA may give priority to collaborators who have had little or no international travel or work abroad.

2) Impactful – What is the value of the collaboration to you, to your research team, the Stanford community and to the collaborator and the collaborator’s community? How will the collaborator’s visit to Stanford enhance the collaboration? How will you share this international resource effectively within your research team, department or beyond?

3) Well-defined – The purpose of the visit must be well-defined, and we will consider carefully the types of activities the collaborator will participate in on campus.


Proposals are due by 4PM on January 22, 2016.


Pauline Larmaraud, Assistant Director, Office of International Affairs, or 650-723-1984