Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Neurodegeneration Challenge Network | Collaborative Pairs Pilot Projects


Event details

Date 22.06.2023
Category Call for proposal
Aim:  The CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network (NDCN) was launched in 2018 as a new type of collaborative research network that brings together biologists, computational scientists, engineers, and physicians from across broad research areas who are motivated by collaboration and open science to tackle unsolved challenges in neurodegenerative disease. To this end, the network is launching the second call of the CZI Collaborative Pairs Pilot Project Awards, supporting pairs of investigators and their teams to explore innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to address critical challenges in the fields of neurodegenerative disease and fundamental neuroscience.

For this new cycle of the Collaborative Pairs, the scope is broadened to also support investigations in areas of fundamental neuroscience beyond neurodegenerative disease, in particular in areas where there is potential for complementarity or synergy with our existing work in the Neurodegeneration Challenge Network and/or other CZ Science program areas. This expanded RFA scope includes basic investigations into the cellular, molecular and circuit mechanisms of memory and cognition and the neuroscience of sleep.

Collaborative Pairs teams that ultimately receive pilot project funding and successfully progress their project will be eligible to apply for an acceleration grant award to continue their work.
Funding:       $200,000

Duration:      18 months

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent, and must currently hold an independent faculty position. The Collaborative Pairs RFA is aimed at motivating new collaborations among partners who have not yet had the opportunity to work together. At least one of the applicants must be an early-career investigator or a mid-career investigator in an independent academic faculty position or equivalent (see RFA for more details).

How to Apply: The two-step review process begins with a Letter of Intent, which must include project details, a research statement, Biosketches, and an institutional approval form from each host institution.  Please contact the Research Office for organization details and for assistance with the institutional approval form. LOI decisions will be announced by 03 August, and full applications will be due by 14 September. Full applications should must also include professional references, a budget, and a budget justification. The budget should include 15% overhead charges; please contact the Research Office with any budget questions. Final notifications will be sent in January 2024.

Deadline (LOI):                                           22 June 2023 (5:00 pm PT)
Deadline (Full proposal, by invite):         14 September 2023

Further information
  • More information about the program is available here or in the RFA
  • An information webinar recording is available here
  • The application portal can be found here
  • For any other questions, please contact the Research Office

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


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