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Research & Funding

Seed is stimulating and funding critical research to improve the lives of the poor. In 2015, Stanford Seed awarded $1.8 million in total funding to support 19 diverse research projects in 19 countries. The award recipients included faculty and PhD students from nine schools and departments across the Stanford campus.

Setting a New Research Agenda

Much of what is known today about the creation and management of firms and business innovation is based on research conducted in developed economies. Seed aims to shift that research agenda — to inform and transform established research to incorporate the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and firms in developing economies. Seed’s research funding enables Stanford faculty and PhD students to spend time on the ground with entrepreneurs and innovators, and increases the likelihood that the research will be relevant and impactful in developing economies.

Funding Opportunities

Learn more about Seed grants, eligibility, and deadlines, and access a list of research opportunities and application information.

Research Library

Explore current and completed Seed research projects, make connections, and find collaborators.

Visiting Scholars Program

Seed hosts visiting scholars at Stanford for up to one year so they can share, collaborate, and conduct research aligned with Seed’s research goals.

Scholars of global poverty, international development, entrepreneurship, and business environment in emerging economies, who are affiliated with universities in the U.S. and abroad, are welcome to email Gil-Li Vardi

Taking the Long View

Developing breakthrough solutions to alleviate global poverty requires a long-term perspective and a sustained commitment. Seed has both. By working in conjunction with the Seed Transformation Program and student opportunities, we’re making an impact — in the short, medium, and long term.

Meet the Researchers

Learn how Stanford scholars are making helping alleviate poverty through Seed-funded research.