The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative today announced funding for 38 pilot projects to help develop tools and technologies for the Human Cell Atlas.
The Human Cell Atlas is a worldwide effort to map and characterize every type of cell in the healthy human body — including cell types, numbers, locations, relationships, and molecular components. It’s a long-term project to provide a free, open resource for future studies of human health and disease.
To help advance this effort, we invited applications for one-year pilot projects to help develop technologies and establish best practices for the Human Cell Atlas. We received almost 500 applications from around the globe with bold and innovative approaches to move this effort forward.
“These projects will help set the foundation of how we understand cells, the basic unit of life, and hopefully allow us to understand how to keep cells and eventually humans healthy,” said Priscilla Chan MD, co-founder of CZI.
Like the Human Cell Atlas itself, each project reflects the diverse and collaborative nature of the work. We are excited to begin working with scientists and engineers from eight countries across four continents on these promising projects.
Success of these projects will mean significant progress not only for the Human Cell Atlas project, but for science and technology more broadly — ultimately aiding our goal to help cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century.
Jeff MacGregor, Director of Communications, Science