Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards

Call for Applications

Deadline:  February 15, 2018

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub was established in 2016 to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of disease and develop new technologies that will enable fresh avenues of scientific discovery and lead to actionable diagnostics and effective therapies. One of the Biohub’s goals is to enhance collaboration between Stanford University, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB).  To help achieve this, the Biohub is announcing that it will support new Intercampus Research Awards that draw on the strengths of all three institutions to carry out innovative, high-risk research that is likely to have high impact if successful and would not be funded by conventional sources. The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards will provide $2 million in unrestricted funding over a three year period and give participating research teams access to Biohub’s technology platforms, which include Genomics, Genome Engineering, Advanced Optical Microscopy, Data Science, and Bioengineering. The deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2018. Biohub plans to fund up to three Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards by July 15, 2018.

Applications for Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards are open to teams of faculty members from Stanford University, UCSF, and UCB. Teams can include any number of faculty members but should be led by between three and six faculty members (“project leaders”); this leadership must include faculty from each of the three participating institutions, and each faculty member on a team must be eligible to serve as a principal investigator for federal and other grants. Current Biohub Investigators are eligible to participate but will not receive additional funding. We welcome applications from faculty teams representing diverse disciplines such as engineering, computer science, informatics, the physical sciences, the clinical sciences, and the biomedical sciences. The scope of proposals is open to all areas of biology, biomedical research, and technology development, including areas that are well outside the current Biohub Cell Atlas and Infectious Disease Initiatives. We want teams to pursue the ideas that excite them most and to address the questions or opportunities that the team members consider to be fundamentally important based on their shared insights, expertise, and vision. It is key that the project leaders and other team members interact and collaborate with each other on an ongoing basis such that they will accomplish much more collaboratively than could be achieved individually with similar funding.

Project leaders of teams funded by Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards are expected to participate fully in the Biohub community by attending at least 50% of the biweekly meetings of Biohub Investigators each year. With the goal of accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, project teams agree to upload all manuscripts reporting work supported by the Award to a preprint server such as bioRxiv.org or arXiv.org upon submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Intellectual property generated with Award funding or Biohub resources will be jointly owned with the universities; inventor royalty sharing will not be affected and licensing will be led by the Biohub with university approval and in direct consultation with project leaders.


Submission Details

Applications for the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards (one per team) should be submitted by email by 11:59 pm PST on February 15, 2018, to:

CZBIntercampusAwards@czbiohub.org

The following materials should be included as attachments:

  1. A completed application form (available at https://www.czbiohub.org/competition/) with the title of the proposal, a summary of the proposed research, and the name, affiliation, and contact information of each of the project leaders and faculty collaborators;
  2. a three-page narrative (including figures and references) describing the aims and significance of the proposed research, and how participants from the three institutions will interact to achieve them;
  3. a concise CV (no more than 3 pages) for each project leader and faculty collaborator, including a list of selected publications;
  4. concise descriptions and pdf files for up to 6 of the most important papers by the project leaders and faculty collaborators relevant to the proposal (to be clear, 6 papers total, regardless of the number of project leaders, rather than 6 papers per team member).

We plan to announce recipients of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards by July 15, 2018.


Please see the accompanying FAQ (available at https://www.czbiohub.org/competition/) for additional information. Inquiries may be sent to the same email address as used to submit applications: CZBIntercampusAwards@czbiohub.org.