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Capacity Building and Policy Engagement Funding

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The King Center invites proposals from Stanford faculty for capacity building and policy engagement activities that support academics, government officials, or other policymakers in low- and middle-income countries. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.

This funding is not intended to support research projects. 

Scope of proposal

Proposals may request up to $10,000 in support of a variety of activities, such as:

  • Collaborative work with policy or practice partners external to Stanford or at Stanford,
  • Dissemination of materials to policymakers, e.g., production of materials or workshop with local counterparts,
  • In-country capacity building workshops at local universities or government ministries.

Proposals may be for incremental costs associated with adding a capacity building or policy engagement component to an existing research trip or project, or for a free-standing activity.

Examples of activities that have been funded in the past include support for a course on advanced analytical techniques for master's students at a university in Senegal and support for work with Kenyan health workers to strengthen local radiation safety infrastructure and policies. 

Proposal submission, review, and award process

Please note that the primary applicants must be Stanford faculty members. Please submit your request using the following form:

Apply Here

In your proposal, please include:

  1. Brief explanation of the academic and policy context of the proposed activity
  2. Statement of significance of the proposed activity, including expected impacts
  3. Details regarding the expected beneficiaries of the activity
  4. Description of the role played by each faculty member involved
  5. Budget (including any available co-financing and whether the additional funding has been secured or is being sought); please note that due to center policy, no speaker fees can be paid from center funds

Eligibility for funding

The primary Principal Investigators (PIs) must be Stanford faculty members and members of the academic council or University Medical Line (UML) faculty.


  • The proposal is subject to a three-page limit with 11-point fonts or larger.
  • The budget and budget justification are limited to one additional page.
  • Each faculty organizer should also submit a CV.

Proposals should be submitted through the application form. Proposals must be self-contained with no links to additional information.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a small committee appointed by the center’s Faculty Steering Committee. Committee members who submit a proposal will recuse themselves from discussions of their own submissions. It is anticipated that funding decisions based on this solicitation will be announced within two weeks of proposal submission.


For questions please contact King Center Executive Director Jessica Leino at