Stanford Postdoctoral Initiative Fund (SPIF)

About SPIF

SPIF was created to recognize and support project proposals from within the Stanford postdoc community in an effort to encourage and enrich postdoc experiences. We have a proven record of backing projects from inception onwards and watching them grow. Since 2010, SPIF has successfully funded diverse projects including multi-disciplinary journal clubs, seminar series, social gatherings, professional development workshops and so on.

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SPIF-funded groups

We're proud to have funded the diverse set of groups and events below over the past years. All of the groups we fund are open to all Stanford Postdocs and designed for the benefit the Stanford Postdoctoral Community. We're always looking to fund new initiatives, so if you have an idea then please do submit a letter of intent using the form above.

2012

2010 / 2011

2017

  • Stanford Biosciences Grant Writing Retreat
  • Interdisciplinary Microbiome Perspectives

  • Weekly Post-Doc soccer pick-up (ongoing) | every Friday 5:00pm at Sand Hill Field

  • E-wear trainee journal club

  • E-wear student symposium

2015 / 2016

  • GoFish! - Discussion group for Zebrafish research
  • Stanford Autophagy Interest Group

2013

  • OBR Launch Event - Opportunities and Volatility of Biotech Startups
  • Mindfullness Mediation Workshop for Postdoc Fellows
  • VA postdoc group
  • CPUs: Computational People United at Stanford
  • LGBTQ Group for Stanford Postdocs
  • International Security and Cooperation Movie Series
  • VA postdoc BBQ event
  • EBAE (neurophysiology discussion group)
  • Stanford Symposium on the Biology of Hunter-Gatherers
  • Stanford Biotechnology Business and Finance Group
  • Postdoc Tennis Tournament

 

 

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Apply for funding

We're always keen to hear of new initiatives from the Stanford Postdoctoral community. If you have an idea for a project just complete the forms below

New proposals

Not quite sure whether your proposal is suitable? Submit a Letter of Intent first! The SPIF committee will review your idea before going to the full application.

You can also skip the above process and directly submit a full proposal:

We review all submitted proposals and consider all letters of intent. Proposals are assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Does the proposal fill a need/gap in the Postdoctoral experience at Stanford?
  • Does the proposal attract a general Postdoc group?
  • Does the proposal fit the budget of SPIF?

If you've submitted a proposal or letter of intent we will be in contact with you to discuss the proposal. We may ask for adjustments prior to acceptance, but will work with you to help alter your proposal.

 

Reimbursement procedure

Funded groups can follow the refund procedure described here. The required reimbursement form can be found here.

Note: All the required documents, detailed in the refund procedure, must be combined into a single PDF and emailed to the SURPAS treasurer (and cc'd to SPIF) within 5 days of the event to ensure the 10-day time limit is met, or else you may forfeit your reimbursement. Please also note that SPIF funds cannot be used to purchase alcohol.

 

Renewal procedure

If you are seeking renewal of funding, you must first complete the follow-up questionnaire below for your previous round of funding before consideration of the new application. Once completed, the SPIF team will then be in touch to discuss the renewal process with you.


SPIF committee members

2016 / 2017

  • Joanna Przybyl
  • Vivekananda Gupta Sunkari
  • Nitya Subhadra Ramadoss
  • Huy Nguyen

2015 / 2016

  • Joanna Przybyl
  • Matthew Miell
  • Roberta Sala
  • Ondrej Marsalek
  • Vivekananda Gupta Sunkari
  • Nitya Subhadra Ramadoss

2014

  • Katie Martucci
  • Jun Yan
  • Kelly Storek
  • Lewis John McGibbney
  • Sylvia Nurnberg
  • Joe Baker

2013

  • Katie Martucci
  • Jun Yan
  • Kelly Storek
  • Lewis John McGibbney
  • Sylvia Nurnberg

2012

  • Katie Martucci
  • Jun Yan
  • Viswanathan Rajagopalan
  • Kevin McIntire
  • Heather Kulik
  • Min Song
  • Santosh Kumar Gupta
  • Pam Ng
  • Tatsinda Spears
  • Eldi Schonfeld Dado
  • Alexandra Esteras Chopo
  • Yoan Konto
  • Nancy Rodriguez
  • Ives Levesque

2011

  • Irfan Ali-Khan
  • Viswanathan Rajagopalan
  • Kevin McIntire
  • Heather Kulik
  • Ives Levesque

 

SPIF was founded in 2010, by Hedwich Kuipers and Brandon Steelman, and led by Ives Levesque and Kevin McIntire

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Contact us

If you have an idea that will enrich the postdoctoral experience at Stanford then SPIF may be able to help. We'd love to hear your ideas, whatever stage they're at. Just get in touch using the letter of intent form above.

If you're a current Stanford postdoc and interested in joining the SPIF team, or for all other enquires, you can use the form below to contact us:

 
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