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.


  • Networking event for Biosciences minicourse
  • Postdoc Wine Appreciation Club (PWAC)
  • Stanford Polymer Collective LunchandLearn
  • Stanford Chinese Postdoc Journal Club (already financed in previous years)



  • Stanford Polymer Collective Lunch-and-Learn

  • Academic Careers in Europe (ACE)

  • Postdoc soccer

  • Postdoc volley ball

  • Postdoc basket ball

  • Seminars from Korean postdocs (KOLIS)


  • ACSSS Presentation Workshop I

  • ACSSS Presentation Workshop II

  • ACSSS Presentation Workshop III

  • Postdoc soccer

  • Postdoc volley ball

  • Postdoc basket ball


  • 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


  • Autophagy Interest Group

  • Stanford Bitoech Group

  • VA Postdoc BBQ event

  • Computational People United career day

  • Microbiome/Population-Genetics Cross-Disciplinary Journal Club


    • GoFish! – Discussion group for Zebrafish research

    • Stanford Autophagy Interest Group

    • Mindfulness mediation workshop for postdoctoral fellows

    • Stanford Biotechnology Business and Finance Group (SBBFG)

    • VA Postdoc BBQ


    • 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


    2010 / 2011

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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.

    Submit letter of intent


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

    Submit project 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.

    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.

    Follow-up Questionnaire

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    SPIF Committee Members and Chairs (Present or Past)

    Committee Chairs

    Marco F. Herrera (present)

    Silvia Natale (2021-2022)

    Marios Georgiadis (2020-2021)

    Edgar A. Rios Piedra (2018-2020)

    Christian La (2015-2017)

    Jun Yan (2013-2014)

    Ives Levesque (2010-2012)

    Committee Members

    Silvia Natale (present)

    Alexander Fieguth (2021-2022)

    Shan Jiang (2021-2022)

    Edgar Rios Piedra (2018-2020)

    John Hegarty (2017-2020)

    Ioana Marin (2017-2020)

    Daniel Joyce (2017-2020)

    Christian La (2016-2019)

    Ives Levesque (2010 – 2012)

    Viswanathan Rajagopalan (2011 – 2012)

    Irfan Ali-Khan (2011)

    Kevin McIntire (2010 – 2012)

    Heather Kulik (2011 – 2012)

    Min Song (2012)

    Santosh Kumar Gupta (2012)

    Pam Ng (2012)

    Tatsinda Spears (2012)

    Eldi Schonfeld Dado (2012)

    Alexandra Esteras Chopo (2012)

    Yoan Konto (2012)

    Nancy Rodriguez (2012)

    Lewis John McGibbney

    Sylvia Nurnberg

    Jun Yan

    Katie Martucci

    Kelly Storek

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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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