Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Single-Cell Data Insights | Research Funding


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Date 25.08.2022  
Category Call for proposal
Aim: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for projects that aim to use and gain insights into health and disease from existing single-cell datasets to help accelerate progress toward challenges associated with the compilation and exploration of large atlas-scale data.
Given the growth of single-cell biology and the rapid increase in available data, CZI is looking to support projects that will advance the fields of single-cell biology and data science. Grantees will be expected to interact with a network among participating groups that builds community and accelerates progress. Applications are encouraged from computational experts outside the field of single-cell biology but with expertise relevant to overcoming current bottlenecks.

Successful proposals are likely to incorporate some, or multiple, of the following attributes:
  • Increase the robustness and performance of tools of broad interest for various tasks, such as data integration, scaling to higher dimensionalities, or mapping new data sets to a reference atlas that allow deeper insights.
  • Develop benchmarking frameworks, tasks, and infrastructure that enable comparisons among a class of tools and methods to stimulate future development that increases scale, efficiency, and reproducibility and accelerates scientific discovery in the field.
  • Aggregate multiple datasets that result in an integrated representation and allow for deeper biological insights and queries than would be possible from any single dataset.
  • Improve existing tools, standards and/or increase interoperability among multiple tools.

This request for applications is the first of three cycles planned for the coming years.

Funding:       Focused projects* - max $200,000
                        Expanded projects* – max $400,000

Duration:      18 months

Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by non-profit and for-profit organizations, public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government, companies, and eligible agencies of the federal government. Each application must have a minimum of one PI (Coordinating PI), but may designate up to three total PIs (one Coordinating PI and up to two Co-PIs). PIs and Co-PIs must each be permitted to receive grant support by the organization they are applying with.

How to Apply: The application consists of the following sections (called tasks in the grants portal): Coordinating PI Details, Organization Details for Coordinating PI, Equal Opportunity & Diversity, Project Details, Budget Description, Biosketches, and Optional Attachments. To complete the Organizational Details and obtain the Institutional Approval Form, contact the Research office.

*Grants will be awarded at two levels:
  • $200,000 USD total costs for grants that primarily support the effort of one to two full-time employees (FTEs) working on a given project.
  • $400,000 USD total for networked grants that will require the participation of two to four FTEs.
  • Funding is not intended to support experimental data generation
  • Indirect costs of 15% should be budgeted and included within the totals above.

Deadline:      25 August 2023 (5 pm PST)

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