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.

Pilot Project Program

The Restore Center is seeking applications for the Pilot Project Program, which supports high-impact research projects that will advance our knowledge about rehabilitation and will lead to novel technological advancements with sensor and video technologies. Pilot Project funding may be up to $30,000 in total costs, including any indirect costs assessed by awardees’ institutions.

Pilot Project awardees will gain access to mentoring and support from the Restore Center’s faculty and staff, in addition to funding for their research. Further, the program launches awardees into leadership roles within the Restore Center network.

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. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm local time, October 5, 2022


FUNDING PERIOD: One year, beginning May 2023

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply, you must be eligible to be a Principal Investigator (PI) at your institution, a role typically granted to faculty members or senior research scientists. At least 25% of your appointment at your home institution must be devoted to research. The PI must have a research doctorate or relevant clinical degree (MD, DPT) with 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.

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.

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

Selection Process

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

  1. The potential impact of the proposed work on rehabilitation research
  2. The potential impact on novel methodologies and workflows for utilizing sensor and video technologies
  3. The likelihood of success in achieving the proposed research goals and follow-on funding (e.g., NIH grants)
  4. The potential of the applicant(s) to make significant contributions to rehabilitation research and to engage a new and diverse group of researchers and participants in rehabilitation research

Note that 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. The Pilot Project program is also intended to support investigators earlier in the career who do not yet have an established history of NIH support.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 throughout and after the funding period?

All funded projects will be required to submit short (less than 1 page), quarterly progress reports as well as a final report at the end of the funding period, describing their accomplishments. Furthermore, we strongly encourage awardees to share any research results (software, models, data) with the larger community through their Simtk.org project.

All research products derived in whole or in part through this program will be expected to formally acknowledge the research infrastructure grant P2C HD10191301.

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?

Yes, the references section does not count towards the four-page limit.

Additional Questions

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