2022 Seed Grant

2022 Seed Grant

Call for applicants!

  • Submit applications by June 1, 2022
  • Recipients will be selected on July 1, 2022
  • Funding begins August 1, 2022

The Program

The Stanford Lifestyle Medicine initiative with support from Stanford Center of Longevity aims to support and promote cutting edge research and education in the growing field of preventive and lifestyle medicine. The mission of the initiative is to put Stanford as a leader in lifestyle and longevity medicine and provide change in society through innovation and education.

The SLM initiative is pleased to solicit applications for innovative projects to advance the various pillars of lifestyle medicine that include performance, healthy nutrition, restorative sleep, cognitive function, mental health, role of epigenetics, stress reduction, science of longevity.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Stanford junior faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates from all disciplines within the university can apply.
  • Both individuals and teams are eligible.
  • Funding may be used to develop a promising idea, gather preliminary data, or further an ongoing collaboration.


Please submit your proposal via email to: [email protected]


The proposal should be presented in no more than three pages.


Project Title


  • Describe the specific question that will be addressed and the technical approach that will be used. The abstract must not exceed 250 words.


  • Briefly describe the specific issues that your idea will address.
  • What is the link between your idea and lifestyle medicine?
  • How is your idea an innovative, creative, or transformative approach?
  • Describe your hypothesis (if applicable).

Project Design

  • Describe the project design and how you would implement the idea.
  • How would you measure the effectiveness of your idea?
  • What are the next steps you would take to advance the project if you were successful in demonstrating the effectiveness of the project?


  • Describe how you would translate the results of the study to make them useful for the general population.
  • Could your project work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Funds use

  • Briefly describe how the funds from the grant will be used over the year.


If you have any questions about the appropriateness of your proposal, or if you need any additional information, please contact: [email protected]

Funding and Timeline

  • The funds will cover a project or a portion over the period of one year.
  • Support could be for personnel (undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral students, research assistants, or associates), supplies, equipment, or seminar and symposia needs.
  • The project lead will be asked to present the progress to the Grant Committee every quarter.
  • The grant awardees are expected to present results in some form of academic output after the study is closed eg. a poster, in an academic seminar on conference, a published paper or manuscript.
  • A report of the grant impact must be sent to the committee by the end of the grant term, summarizing research outcomes and future plans.
  • Stanford Lifestyle medicine faculty will provide mentorship as needed during the award period.

Although all submissions in lifestyle medicine will be considered, we encourage proposals that include:

  • Clinical and epidemiological studies on sleep, nutrition, fitness, mental and cognitive health
  • Use of wearables in improving performance, sleep, nutrition, mental and cognitive health.
  • Diagnostic technologies and apps to accurately monitor and detect changes that foster optimum physical and mental health.
  • Precision medicine and machine learning approaches to answer questions in the healthy lifespan arena.
  • Projects specifically focused on improving women’s health.
  • Studies with focus on epigenetics and lifestyle modifications to optimize longevity, performance, or health


Sarita Khemani, MD
Head, Lifestyle Medicine Stress Neuroscience
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine


Eva Weinlander, MD
Co-Chair, Department Well-being Directors Council, Well MD & Well PhD
Clinical Professor of Medicine


Michael Fredericson, MD, FACSM
Co-Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
Head, Lifestyle Medicine Fitness and Performance

Roshni Singh, MD
Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine, Palliative Care, Internal Medicine

Douglas Noordsy, MD
Head, Lifestyle Medicine Cognition and Brain Health
Professor of Psychiatry

Megan Roche, MD
Program Coordinator, Lifestyle Medicine
Fellow Stanford Epidemiology and Population Health

Marily Oppezzo, PhD
Head, Lifestyle Medicine Nutrition and Behavioral Change
Instructor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center

Rusly Harsono, MD, MSc, MBA, FAAP, DipABLM
Head, Lifestyle Medicine Social Engagement
Clinical Assistant Professor Pediatrics & Critical Care