The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative uses SurveyMonkey Apply (SMApply) as its grants management portal. All applications 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.
- Application specifics:
- Please refer to the above Eligibility section of the RFA announcement.
- Grant period and start date: Proposed projects should be 18 months in duration; actual start date may vary.
- Grant amount: $200,000 USD total costs (inclusive of up to 15 percent indirect costs) or $400,000 USD total costs (inclusive of up to 15 percent indirect costs). Indirect costs cannot exceed 15 percent of direct costs.
- Number of Principal Investigators (PI and Co-PIs): Each application must have a minimum of one PI (Coordinating PI), but may designate up to three total PIs (one Coordinating PI and up to two Co-PIs). Principal Investigators may serve as Coordinating Principal Investigator on multiple applications provided that the proposed scope of work for all applications is non-overlapping. Principal Investigators may serve as Co-PI on multiple applications provided that the proposed scope of work for all applications is non-overlapping. PIs/Co-PIs on one application may be employed at the same or different institutions.
- Institutional sign-off is required.
The application consists of the following sections (called tasks in the grants portal): Coordinating PI Details, Organization Details for Coordinating PI, Equal Opportunity & Diversity, Project Details, Budget Description, Biosketches, Optional Attachments.
- Coordinating PI 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. Note that institutions outside the U.S. may not subcontract to U.S. institutions, so please be mindful when selecting the Coordinating PI/institution. 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.
- Department or equivalent
- Career status: Select early-career (0 to 6 years), mid-career (6+ to 10 years), or neither. Note: Early- or mid- career status is not required to be eligible for this RFA, although we encourage participation and leadership from early-career researchers.
- Early-Career Definition: In the context of this RFA, an early-career investigator is someone who has been in an independent position for no more than six years at the time of application, i.e. started their first independent position between December 14, 2015 and December 14, 2021. Graduate students and postdocs who are eligible to apply should select this option.
- Mid-Career Definition: In the context of this RFA, a mid-career investigator is someone who has been in an independent position for more than six to 10 years at the time of application, i.e. started their first independent position between December 14, 2011 and December 13, 2015.
- Short narrative biography of the Coordinating PI (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 email@example.com if you wish to opt out).
- 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 Principal Investigator (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 team members.
- Organization name/Street address/City/State/Country/Website.
- Type of Organization (Academic, Other Nonprofit, 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.
- Organizational/Administrative Contact: List the name and contact information for the administrative contact to discuss additional information needed, if selected for award.
- First name, Last name, Title/Position, Email.
- Signing Official: List the name and contact information for the person authorized to sign on behalf of your organization.
- First name, Last name, Title/Position, Email.
- Press Contact / Public Relations Official: List the name and contact information for the person to discuss press releases and media.
- First name, Last name, Title/Position, Email.
- Institutional Approval Form: Upload as a single PDF. This form should be reviewed and signed by a person authorized to sign on behalf of your organization agreeing to the stated institutional and investigator requirements and commitments on data, resource sharing, and publication policies, as well as endorsing/verifying your application materials and confirming their ability to receive funding for the project. In the event of an award, all funds will be awarded to the Coordinating PI institution as the prime institution, and the Coordinating PI institution will be responsible for ensuring compliance of all of the terms, including compliance of all partners/subcontract institutions. These policies are non-negotiable. This form should only be signed if the organization is able to comply with the terms as stated. While CZI does not require sign-off by all of your partner institutions, please refer to what your institution requires. Note: digital signatures are permitted as long as the document is not encrypted or password-protected.
- 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 backgrounds, 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 request demographic information associated with applications submitted to CZI in response to our open calls. This information helps us learn from the RFA process, as well as improve our strategies to help ensure members of underrepresented or marginalized groups in science are aware of and able to apply to CZI opportunities. Please note that answering all questions below is voluntary, and demographic information will not be used to make final 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.
If you have any additional questions about why we ask this, what we do with the data, or to share suggestions for improvement, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information below may be entered for the applicant. Please note that completing the below is voluntary, and demographic information will not be used to make final grant funding decisions.
- 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)
- Do you have one or more disabilities? Please specify (optional)
The information below may be entered for the Co-Principal Investigators listed (if any and up to two maximum) in the Project Details section. Please note that completing the below is voluntary, and demographic information will not be used to make final grant funding decisions. Please also let your Co-Principal Investigators know if you choose to enter the below in case they object to your providing that information to CZI.
- Do any of the Co-Principal Investigators self-identify as one of the following? Woman, Man, Non-binary/Third gender, Prefer not to state, 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)
- Do any of the Co-Principal Investigators self-identify as one of the following? Two or More Races, Black and/or African American, Asian, White, Hispanic or Latinx, Middle Eastern or North African, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska Native, Prefer not to state, Prefer to describe (optional)
- If yes, how many of the listed Co-Principal Investigators self-identify as one of the above race/ethnicities? Please do not include requested information on a per person basis; we are looking for aggregated information (optional)
- Project Details: Complete all sections in this task. All sections are required.
- Project Title: Auto filled. If you need to edit your project 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 (maximum of 60 characters, including spaces)
- Project Purpose: One sentence (maximum of 200 characters including spaces). Please use a third-person voice.
- Example: To develop a series of workshops and tutorials to increase utilization of single-cell data in biomedical research.
- Award Type: Single selection: Focused ($200k limit) or Expanded ($400k limit)
- Amount Requested: Enter the amount requested for the entirety of the project in U.S. dollars, including indirect costs; these numbers should match those described in the Budget Description. Enter whole numbers only (no dollar signs, commas, or cents).
- Co-Principal Investigators: Indicate the number of Co-Principal Investigators (maximum of two), not including the Coordinating PI. Complete the table with the following information for each Co-PI. Do not include the Coordinating PI in this section. You may need to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the table to scroll right to view and complete all fields. Alternatively, you can tab to move through and complete the fields. 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 no more than six years at the time of application, i.e. started their first independent position between December 14, 2015 and December 14, 2021, and mid-career as someone who has been in an independent faculty role (or equivalent) for more than six to 10 years at the time of application, i.e. started their first independent position between December 14, 2011 and December 13, 2015.
- Funded/Unfunded by this CZI grant to support the proposed work
- Organization Name, Country, Website
- Type of organization (drop down menu: Academic, Other Nonprofit, Government, Company/industry, 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.
- Abstract: Describe your project in brief (maximum of 250 words).
- Project /Work Plan: A description of the proposed work, including an overview of the primary challenges that the project seeks to address, and existing work that serves as a foundation (maximum of 1,000 words).
- Utility: Summarize how the project supports scientific researchers to gain more insight from single-cell data. Clarify the anticipated impact and utility it will have for the community (maximum of 500 words).
- Data: Projects must propose and rely on existing data that is openly and freely available at the time of application. List all datasets that will be utilized in the proposed work along with URLs and/or DOIs where they can be accessed (maximum of 25). If you would like to include more than 25, please include a table for the additional datasets in the Optional Attachments section.
- Dataset or publication name
- DOI link or URL
- Short description (maximum of 50 words)
- Version (if not applicable, enter n/a)
- Milestones and Deliverables: List expected milestones and deliverables, and their expected timeline. Be specific and include (where possible) any goals for metrics the project is expected to reach upon completion of the grant. Please use a third-person voice (maximum of 250 words).
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Plan: Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and representation is a core value for CZI, and we are requesting information on your efforts that will clarify how your project and/or team will incorporate similar values into the proposed project. Potential areas of focus may include efforts to incorporate reproducible notebooks, documentation that encourages reuse, trainings, work that addresses health disparities, or other efforts (maximum of 250 words).
- Community Statement: In addition to the technical achievements of this RFA, there is a goal of building a community of projects that will complement one another and provide collaborative opportunities among participants. Please clarify what the proposed project aims to gain and contribute to the larger network (maximum 250 words).
- Budget Description (one page maximum per PI): Upload in PDF format; budgets can be uploaded in a combined single PDF or one PDF for each Co-PI; one page maximum per PI; font must be 11 points or larger and margins must be at least one-half inch (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages (letter size required). Provide a detailed description of the costs to be funded by this grant at a high level and in tabular form, outlining costs for personnel (including names, if known), supplies, equipment, travel, meetings/hackathons/sprints, subcontracts, other costs, and up to 15 percent indirect costs (excluding equipment and subcontracts). If budgets are provided for multiple PIs, the Coordinating PI should also generate a summary of no more than one page showing the distribution of grant funds across the PIs.
- Indirect costs are limited to up to 15 percent of direct costs. Indirect costs may not be assessed on capital equipment or subcontracts, but subcontractors may include up to 15 percent indirect costs of their direct costs.
- Budget should be requested in U.S. dollars.
- International grantees must use all grant funds exclusively for activities conducted outside the United States of America. Travel expenses to the United States (including round-trip tickets) should not be covered from the requested grant funds. Any attendance at CZI meetings in the U.S. will be covered by CZI outside of requested grant funds.
- All key personnel must be named along with their percent effort. This includes graduate students, postdocs, and staff scientists. Although recruiting new members to the lab is allowable, it is strongly encouraged that key personnel are in place at the outset of the grant to allow for coordinated community building and project progression.
- Application budgets must reflect the actual needs of the proposal. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will work closely with successful applicants to arrive at a mutually acceptable budget after review.
- 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. Do not include any biosketches for any additional collaborators beyond the Coordinating PI and Co-PIs, as listed.
- Optional Attachments: Upload in PDF format; attachments should be uploaded in a combined single PDF. Include up to a maximum of three pages of additional information. This section can include figures, charts and tables, references for the project, or any additional material in support of the project. Uploading any additional information is completely optional and not required.
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.
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