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Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards

Funding Deadline: 
February 15, 2018 - 11:59 pm

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards

Call for Applications

Unlimited #s of proposals are permitted.


Application receipt deadline*: February 15, 2018, 11:59 pm PST (see application guidelines below)

Biohub plans to fund up to three Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Research Awards by July 15, 2018.

*Stanford process update: Applications do not require review or approval from your Institutional Official (OSR or RMG) before submission. The funding for these awards will be accepted as gifts. If you are selected for an award, please be reminded any use of human subjects requires review/approval from the IRB and use of animal subjects requires review/approval from APLAC before funds can be expended.

Note: See the helpful links and 4 attachments below.

Workshop just announced: 

TITLE: CZ Biohub Intercampus Research Awards Workshop for Finding and Engaging with Potential Collaborators

Purpose: to provide an opportunity for faculty members from all three campuses to come together to find, meet, and brainstorm with potential collaborators as well as to learn more about CZ Biohub and the call for applications, CZ Biohub is hosting a workshop and scientific rapid meet-and-chat event. See attachment #4.

WHEN:   Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Mission Bay Conference Center at the Mission Bay Campus of UCSF in the William J. Rutter Center, 1675 Owens Street
For a map and directions, see
10:30-11:00 am: Registration
11:00-11:45 am: Overview of the Biohub and introduction to the Biohub technology platforms:  Genomics; Genome Engineering; Advanced Optical Microscopy; Data Science; Bioengineering

11:45 am-2 pm: Lightning talks and other events for meeting potential collaborators based on your research interests and goals for collaboration
Light food will be provided.         
Please RSVP here:


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. 

Amount of funding: 

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. 

Eligibility (REVISED**): 

  • 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 
  • Each faculty member on a team must be eligible to serve as a principal investigator for federal and other grants. [Stanford faculty with PI eligibility-those with UTL, MCL, NTLR appointments].
  • **HHMI investigators interested in applying must contact the HHMI Senior Science Officer, Dr. Janet Shaw, to obtain approval before submitting a proposal. [Phone: 301-215-8808, HHMI Cell: (801) 403-8861; email:]
  • **Clinician Educator (CE) faculty are not eligible to apply
  • Note: only SLAC faculty who have faculty appointments in on-campus departments are eligible.
  • 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.
  • Important-please see the attached FAQs (with Stanford modifications) for additional information. 


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 or 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.



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:

The following materials should be included as attachments:

(1) A completed application form 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

(A fillable PDF file containing the application form is attached. It is also available for downloading from

(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 and collaborators, rather than 6 papers per team member).

FAQs: Please see the attached PDF file of the FAQs (modified for Stanford PIs) for additional information.

Questions? Contact: Inquiries may be sent to the same email address as used to submit applications:

Helpful links:

You can find the Call for Applications (#1) here:

The FAQ form is attached (#4) with modifications for Stanford PIs
The application form is attached (#2) and can also be downloaded from here:, and a checklist for ensuring that your application is complete is available here: