The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative uses SurveyMonkey Apply (SMApply) as its grants management portal. All applications — both the Letter of Intent and Full Application — must be submitted through this portal (https://apply.chanzuckerberg.com). SMApply is configured to work best using the Google Chrome browser. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with this portal well in advance of any deadlines. Deadline extensions will not be granted.
- The Phase 1 pilot application process is a two-stage process: Letter of Intent and Full Application (if invited).
- A budget is not required at the Letter of Intent stage, but is required for Full Applications (if invited).
- Institutional sign-off is not required at the Letter of Intent stage, but is required for Full Applications (if invited).
- Eligibility: Please refer to the above Eligibility section of the RFA announcement.
- Award Period: Proposals should be 2.5 years (30 months) in duration with a project start date of no earlier than January 1, 2021. Actual start date may vary.
- Award amount: Those Letters of Intent that are invited to do a Full Application will be asked for budget specifics (more information to follow). Award amounts will be no more than $1,000,000 total costs for a 2.5-year pilot project, inclusive of 15% indirect costs. Indirect costs cannot exceed 15% of direct costs. Budgets for Full Applications will be evaluated for appropriateness relative to the scope of work proposed.
- Number of Principal Investigators (PI and co-PIs): Each application should have a minimum of one PI but may designate up to three total PIs (one Coordinating Principal Investigator and up to two co-Principal Investigators
The Letter of Intent (LOI) consists of the following sections (called tasks in the grants portal): Applicant Details, Equal Opportunity & Diversity, Organization Details for Coordinating PI, Project Details, Project Proposal, and Biosketches for Coordinating PI and Co-PIs.
- Applicant Details: Complete all fields in this task; all fields are required. The information entered should be for the Coordinating Principal Investigator (Coordinating PI), who will be the person submitting the application on behalf of the team. The Coordinating PI will take responsibility for managing the group collaboration and be the administrative point of contact for CZI and any partners. Information about the co-Principal Investigator(s) on the proposal should be entered where requested in the Project Details part of the application.
- Name and email (auto-filled): To edit your name or email, please do so in your account information by clicking your name in the upper right corner and clicking My Account in the dropdown menu.
- Organization, Title/Position, Department or equivalent.
- Career status: Select early-career (faculty 0 to 6 years), mid-career (faculty 6+ to 10 years), or neither. Note: Early- or mid- career status is not required to be eligible for this RFA.
- Early Career Definition: In the context of this RFA, an early career investigator is someone who has been in an independent faculty position (or equivalent) for zero to six years at the time of application, i.e. have started their first independent position between August 6, 2014 and August 6, 2020.
- Mid-Career Definition: In the context of this RFA, a mid-career investigator is someone who has been in an independent faculty position (or equivalent) for more than six to 10 years at the time of application, i.e. have started their first independent position between August 6, 2010 and August 5, 2014.
- Short narrative biography of the Applicant (maximum of 100 words).
- ORCID iD: Enter in format XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX. ORCID iDs are unique, digital identifiers that distinguish individual scientists and unambiguously connect their contributions to science over time and across changes of name, location, and institutional affiliation. ORCID iDs will be used to streamline reporting in our applications and grant reports to reduce the burden on grantees. For more information, please visit https://orcid.org/register. (Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to opt out).
- Equal Opportunity & Diversity: CZI Science supports the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century. Everyone is affected by disease, yet different communities are affected by or experience disease in different ways. Moreover, due to systemic barriers, the scientific enterprise itself is not a place where all voices and talents thrive. We believe the strongest scientific teams — encompassing ourselves, our grantees, and our partners — incorporate a wide range of lived experiences and perspectives that guide them to the most important unsolved problems. To enable our work, we incorporate diverse perspectives into our strategy and processes, and we also seek to empower community partners to engage in science.
We track demographic information associated with applications submitted to CZI in response to our open calls. Based on our learnings, we take steps to broaden or adjust our strategies to improve our reach and to help ensure members of underrepresented or marginalized groups in science are aware of CZI opportunities and able to apply. Please note that answering all questions below is voluntary, and demographic information will not be used in grant funding decisions. All responses will be shared only with limited personnel, who will use that information only for the purposes described in this paragraph.
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The information below may be entered for the Coordinating PI, who will be submitting the application on behalf of the team.
Please note that completing the below is voluntary, and demographic information will not be used in grant fundingdecisions.
- What is your race/ethnicity? (optional)
- What is the year of your last academic degree? (optional)
- What is your gender? (optional)
- Are you transgender? (optional)
- Are you a member of the LGBTQ community? (optional)
- The information below may be entered for the co-Principal Investigators listed in the Project Details section. Please note that completing the below is voluntary, and demographic information will not be used in grant funding decisions.
- Do any of the co-Principal Investigators self-identify as one of the following? Woman, Man, Non-binary/Third gender, Prefer not to say, Prefer to describe (optional)
- If yes, how many of the listed co-Principal Investigators self-identify as one of the above gender identities? Please do not include requested information on a per person basis; we are looking for aggregated information (optional)
- Organization Details for Coordinating PI: Complete all fields in this task; all fields are required. The information entered should be for the organization of the Coordinating PI who will be the person submitting the application on behalf of the team. The Coordinating PI must be affiliated with the organization listed, and grant funds will be awarded to this organization, which will take responsibility for distributing funds to the institutions of the other members of the collaboration:
- Organization name/Street address/City/State or Province/Country/Website
- Type of organization (drop down menu: academic/non-profit, industry/company, government, other).
- Tax ID: Enter your organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), as assigned by the Internal Revenue Service in the 9-digit format (XX-XXXXXXX; 10 characters total). Foreign organizations or others who do not have an EIN should enter 44-4444444.
- Project Details: Complete all fields in this task; all fields are required.
- Project Title (auto-filled): Project title is limited to 75 characters, including spaces. If you need to edit your proposal title, navigate to your application summary page, click on the three dots to the right of the application title (next to the Preview link) and select Rename from the dropdown menu.
- Project Purpose: Summarize your research project; limited to one sentence (maximum of 255 characters including spaces).
- Abstract/Project Summary: Describe your project in brief (maximum of 250 words).
- Co-Principal Investigators: Complete the table with the following information for each co-PI (maximum of two). Do not include the Coordinating PI (applicant) in this section. You may
need to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the table to scroll right to view and to complete all fields. Alternatively, you can tab to move through and complete the fields. If there are no co-PIs, please leave this section
blank. For each co-PI, please provide:
- Co-PI name, Title/Position, Degrees, ORCiD ID (format: XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX), Email, Career status
- In the context of this RFA, an early career investigator is someone who has been in an independent faculty position (or equivalent) for zero to six years at the time of application, i.e. have started their first independent position between August 6, 2014 and August 6, 2020, and mid-career as someone who has been in an independent faculty role (or equivalent) for more than six to ten years at the time of application, i.e. have started their first independent position between August 6, 2010 and August 5, 2014.
- Organization Name, Country, Website
- Type of organization (drop down menu: academic/non-profit, industry/company, government, other).
- Tax ID: Enter your organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), as assigned by the Internal Revenue Service in the 9-digit format (XX-XXXXXXX; total of 10 characters). Foreign organizations or others who do not have an EIN should enter 44-4444444.
- Significant Contributions: List any of the following sources for up to five of the most significant contributions made by members of the project team that are relevant to the proposal: publications/preprints (with PubMed or bioRxiv links), GitHub repository links, protocols.io submissions, data repositories, and/or similar documentation.
- Project Proposal: Upload your project proposal as a single PDF; font must be 11 points or larger and margins must be at least one-half inch (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. Include the following sections:
- Proposal Body: (maximum of 1250 words, which includes 250 words for the Abstract)
- Abstract: Copy your Abstract/Project Summary entered in the Project Details section here.
- Background: Describe the current state- of- the- art technology you are working on.
- Project Goals: Detail the technology goals of the project.
- Significance: Describe the scientific significance if the technology goals are met.
- Project Plan: Describe clearly the research and development strategy to be employed and main milestones.
- Figures (optional): Limited to one page, inclusive of legends. Figure legends do not count towards the word count.
- References Cited in your proposal: No word/page limit; include complete source references.
- Biosketches for Coordinating PI and Co-PIs: Upload the biosketches in PDF format for the Coordinating PI and for each of the co-PIs. Biosketches can be uploaded in a combined single PDF or one PDF for each co-PI; maximum of five pages per biosketch; NIH format or similar.
The formatting and component requirements, including word and page limits indicated above, will be enforced by the review team. Any submitted materials that exceed the word and page limits or do not follow the requirements will not be considered during the application review process.
Applicants will be notified by email by late August 2020 if they have been invited to submit a Full Application for the Phase 1 pilot project. Detailed application instructions will be provided at that time. The Full Application will require additional materials such as a budget description, biosketches, letters of support, and a detailed project proposal. Full Applications will require institutional sign-off (see Institutional Approval Form for details), so please be sure that your institution is able to comply with all
requirements before submitting a Letter of Intent. Please also review the Full Application submission timeline before submitting a Letter of Intent; deadline extensions will not be granted. Full Applications (if invited) must be submitted by 5 p.m.
Pacific Time on September 22, 2020.
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