May 25, 2021 · 3 min read

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces New Grant Opportunity to Expand Global Access to Bioimaging

New Request for Applications Welcomes Applicants from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Former Soviet Countries

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Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) launched a new funding opportunity to expand access to imaging expertise, technologies, and capacity building for researchers and organizations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and former Soviet countries. These three-year grants will facilitate access, foster collaboration, and encourage representation of regional imaging scientists in the global community.

Imaging science has emerged into a mature set of concepts, technologies, and algorithms that are critical to biomedical research. Yet expertise in and access to imaging technologies has been limited in many countries because of challenges, including limited funding for scientific research and development. The Expanding Global Access to Bioimaging Request for Applications (RFA) invites applications from countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and former Soviet countries.

“By supporting imaging leaders from around the world, we hope to advance biomedical research, expand imaging capacity globally, and improve health outcomes,” said CZI Head of Science Cori Bargmann. “This RFA aims to fund foundational infrastructure and expertise at the regional and local levels, and broaden the global community of imaging scientists who will share data, methods, and protocols to benefit the field.”

CZI welcomes applications from imaging core facilities and network organizations (defined as non-profit organizations that bring together imaging scientists to network and collaborate; share resources, experience, and expertise; and build capacity regionally) from countries listed in the RFA application. Applicants can request support across three target areas of interest: capacity building, fellowships for postdoctoral scientists and graduate students, or community development. Applicants may apply for the three target areas of support and request up to $200,000 total costs per imaging core and up to $300,000 total costs per network organization.

The Expanding Global Access to Bioimaging RFA will accept applications starting Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time until July 20, 2021 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information and application instructions, please visit CZI’s online grants management portal. For administrative and programmatic inquiries, technical assistance, or other questions pertaining to this RFA, please contact

This RFA builds on CZI’s support of imaging scientists, who are increasing collaboration between biologists and technology experts and improving the tools scientists use for imaging, as well as global networks such as Global BioImaging and BioImaging North America, which both support regional imaging and offer job shadowing programs. CZI also supports the frontiers of imaging technology development. Read more about our work in imaging.


About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease and improving education, to addressing the needs of our local communities. Our mission is to build a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please visit

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