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Bio/Medical Mini Seed Grants


Source of funds: Stanford Nano Shared Facilities

Overview: The objective of the Bio/Medical Mini Seed Grants for the SNL & SNC is to encourage new users and new methodologies within the SNL/SNC. Much of the groundbreaking research happens where different fields, technology and knowledge come together. SNL/SNC is particularly interested in:
- supporting the application of our existing toolset to bio/medical research areas
- development of new techniques with our existing tool base to advance bio/medical research

Some of the existing tools available at the facilities include TEM, SEM, FIB, NanoSIMS, Raman, AFM, XPS, Auger, XRD, e-beam lithography, DSC, DLS etc. For a complete list of tools, capabilities, lab manager contact information and rate information refer to and

Eligibility: Stanford University faculty holding University, Research, or Medical Center line positions. Preference will be given to new users of the Nano Shared Facilities.

Selection: For consideration, a brief description (2 pages max) of the proposed project along with an estimate of the facility resources needed to carry out the proposed work should be submitted to

Budget: Funds can only be requested for expenses incurred at the SNL & SNC facilities. Examples of eligible expenses are instrument usage; training charges for graduate student or postdoc equipment training; SNL & SNC staff assistance for instrument usage. Maximum request up to $20,000, usually $5,000 - $10,000 in direct cost. For a complete list of services and rates refer to the SNC/SNL rate chart. Funds are expected to be spent within 6 months of the award date.

Deadline: Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis as funds permit. Awards will be made after consideration of the proposal by an internal selection committee. A funding decision can be expected within 4 weeks after submission of the proposal.


Reporting: A brief report is expected after close of award. The report can be a short description of activities accomplished at SNC & SNL and can be submitted as a word document or a powerpoint slide.


With questions about the Seed Grants, please contact Tobi Beetz