Investigator Competition 2021

About Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (Biohub) is an independent, non-profit medical research organization that was established in 2016 with the goals of understanding the mechanisms underlying disease and developing new technologies that will enable fresh avenues of scientific discovery and lead to actionable diagnostics and effective therapies. Biohub was conceived and launched in partnership with Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley to promote close collaboration across the three campuses in pursuit of this mission. Biohub has an intramural research program focused on technology development, cell biology, and infectious disease, and an extramural research program – anchored by the Biohub Investigator Program – that provides unrestricted funds to faculty members at all three campuses to pursue their most exciting, risky, and innovative ideas.


The Biohub Investigator Program

A foundational goal of the Biohub investigator program is to build and sustain an engaged, interactive, and collaborative community of researchers that spans across disciplines and across the campuses of our three partner universities, Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley.

The backbone of our community and a primary engine of collaboration is found in the Biohub Investigator meetings. Biohub Investigators are expected to participate fully in the Biohub community by attending at least half of the Biohub Investigators meetings that are held every two weeks.

With the goal of accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, Biohub Investigators are required to upload all manuscripts on which they are a corresponding author to a preprint server such as or upon submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Intellectual property generated with material support from Biohub funding or 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 the Investigator.

Successful applicants will receive $1 million in unrestricted gift funds over a non-renewable 5-year term ($200,000 per year).



Applications for Biohub Investigator Awards are open to faculty members from Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley who are eligible to serve as a principal investigator for federal and other grants (for more information on the PI eligibility requirement, click here).

We welcome applications from faculty members representing diverse disciplines such as engineering, computer science, mathematics and statistics, the physical sciences, chemistry, clinical and biomedical sciences, public health, and the biological sciences. The scope of Investigator research is open to all areas of biology, biomedical research, and technology development, including areas that are well outside the scope of Biohub’s intramural research programs.

Biohub strongly encourages faculty who are at an early stage of their career and faculty from groups underrepresented in science, engineering, and the clinical sciences to apply. The Biohub has strived to assemble a highly diverse group of external reviewers to support the review process. Applications from assistant professors will be considered separately from those of associate and full professors.


How to Apply

To begin the application process, please visit: The first part of the application is an eligibility test to ensure the applicant meets the basic criteria to apply.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following information and materials:

• Contact and personal information;
• Institution and faculty appointment information;
• Indicate one or two categories that best characterize your proposed research area:

– Clinical Sciences and Public Health
– Basic Biomedical Sciences
– Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering
– Computer and Data Sciences, Mathematics, and Statistics

• CV (1 page);
• Title and summary of proposed research (120 words);
• Description of the risky and innovative research you wish to pursue (3 page limit, including figures and cited references);
• Bibliography of major papers (1 page);
• Single paragraph summary for each of your three most significant papers (1 page); and
• PDFs of your three most significant papers.

In addition, faculty members who are not members of the Academic Senate or Academic Council will be asked to submit a statement of support from their division or department chair confirming the applicant has the space, resources, and support necessary for the proposed research program. The signed statement of support must be uploaded with the rest of the application materials by the application deadline.

Applications should be submitted online at:

Completed applications are due by 11:59 pm PDT on April 1, 2021.



We expect to announce award recipients by January 15, 2022, and plan to start awards on March 1, 2022.



You can find profiles of current Biohub Investigators, Biohub scientific leadership, and Biohub’s intramural group and platform leaders at

You can also find profiles of seven research teams ( that received funding through awards designed to promote interdisciplinary, collaborative research across the three campuses.



Access frequently asked questions about the Biohub Investigator Competition here.

FAQ last updated:  2/6/21



Roger Nys

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Competition Program Officer