We encourage all applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including but not limited to those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as those with disabilities, to apply.

Application Process

To apply for pilot funding, you should submit a research proposal with a scientific description of the project to be performed. The proposal should also convey the impact on rehabilitation and real-world monitoring technology. Additional materials to submit include CVs, a description of any funding and other support requested, and optionally, letters of support. Download the application.

Preference will be given to projects that limit indirect costs to 8%. Limiting indirect costs to 8% is not required. We will evaluate all applications, regardless of whether or not the applicants’ institutions agree to the 8% rate. The agreement to the lower indirect costs will only serve as a deciding factor if there are two similarly qualified applications under consideration for funding. Funding may be up to $30,000 in total costs, including any indirect costs assessed by awardees’ institutions. This program is limited to investigators from U.S. institutions.

To submit your application:

  1. Send your written proposal and supporting materials electronically, preferably as a single PDF, to restore-center@stanford.edu.
  2. Complete the online application/registration form

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm local time, October 1, 2021



Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Restore Center Staff and external advisors. Pilot project grants will be awarded based on several factors, chief among them:

  1. The potential impact of the proposed work on rehabilitation research
  2. The potential impact on methodologies and workflows for utilizing sensor and video technologies
  3. The likelihood of success in achieving the proposed research goals and follow-on funding
  4. Strength of the research record of the applicant(s)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is eligible to apply?

We welcome applicants from biomechanics, computer science, robotics, neuroscience, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthopedics, and other fields. We seek proposals from investigators with experience in the use of sensor or video technology who are conducting rehabilitation research in areas including but not limited to stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, prosthetics, orthotics, robotics-assisted therapy, low-back pain, and osteoarthritis. 

In order to apply, you must be eligible to be a Principal Investigator at your institution, a privilege typically granted to faculty members or senior research scientists. At least 25% of your time must be devoted to research. The PI must have a research doctorate or relevant clinical degree (MD, DPT) with some evidence of research training and experience. There are no other restrictions related to prior or current funding or experience level. 

Postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and other staff can be included as personnel.

This program is limited to investigators from U.S. institutions.

What CVs are needed in the application?

Please include current CVs for the principal investigator (applicant) and any other personnel who will be paid by the project.  Please include other current funding sources in the CVs.

How can the funding be spent?

The funding can be spent on supplies, equipment, personnel (faculty, postdoc, or student), or other expenses needed to achieve the aims of the proposal.  The period of funding is up to one-year.

The funding can also be used for travel expenses, for example to visit the Stanford campus for access to software engineering support. 

What should be included in the detailed budget and justification?

Provide a detailed budget (up to $30,000 over a one-year period) using the table example below.  Include a brief narrative justification describing the responsibilities of personnel and any supplies and/or other expenses requested.

Name & Role% EffortSalary RequestedBenefitsTotal Salary/Benefits
Jane Doe, Principal Investigator10%$7,500$1,823$9,323
John Doe, Research Assistant15%$5,250$1,586$6,836
Other Expenses$4,000
Indirect Costs$1,813
Total Requested$24,472

What is expected at the conclusion of project funding?

All funded projects will be required to submit a progress report at the end of the funding period, describing their accomplishments. Awardees will also be expected to share the knowledge they have gained by establishing a Simtk.org project describing the pilot project—the goals of the project and what was achieved. Furthermore, we strongly encourage awardees to share any research results (software, models, data) with the larger community through their Simtk.org project.

Proposals will also be judged on the likelihood that the project will result in future extramural funding.  A study will be prioritized if there is a high likelihood that the results, data, models, or software tools generated will lead to a larger, more definitive project that will be competitive for extramural funding.

How many pilot project awards will be given?

We anticipate awarding up to 3 pilot grants, depending on the quality of applications received. If there are more high-quality applications than we are able to fund, we plan to offer travel awards to a future workshop.

Can references go beyond the four-page limit?

Please include references within the four pages of the application.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions about the program or the application process, email us at restore-center@stanford.edu.