The Office of International Affairs' (OIA) International Research Exploration Fund helps faculty maximize global opportunities that enrich research and learning and that broaden the impact of both. Through an extensive network of collaborators on campus and abroad, OIA helps faculty and students find the most efficient path to getting their international research projects launched.
The Office of International Affairs' International Research Exploration Fund is intended to help faculty develop new programs and initiatives that demonstrate "proof-of-concept" for further university or external funding. Since 2013, OIA seed grants have helped faculty address numerous early-stage research challenges, such as the unavailability of external funds to bring a collaborator to Stanford, especially from developing countries, the need to travel to the field to establish and accelerate partnerships with global collaborators, and the lack of funding to bring graduate students into the field to assist with and expand new research sites.
In short, these grants are intended to facilitate collaboration among faculty and students and to foster new relationships at Stanford and with research partners all over the world.