We support the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century. As we make progress toward this goal, we are guided by the following values:
In every field, and especially in science, talented and motivated people move the field forward. Supporting scientific excellence and creativity is the most effective way to drive progress.
New tools and technologies enable new discoveries — especially ones that are reliable, robust, scalable, and sharable. Creating and disseminating high-quality tools will improve all of science. Learn about our work in science technology.
Progress accelerates when people work together, within and across fields. Interdisciplinary teams of experimental biologists, computational scientists, engineers, physicians, and patients can dramatically expand our understanding of the human body and illness — the science behind the medicine.
The velocity of science and pace of discovery increase as scientists build on each others’ discoveries. Sharing results, open-source software, experimental methods, and biological resources as early as possible will accelerate progress in every area.
Meet Our Team
“With backgrounds across different areas of science and tech, our team’s collective expertise guides our work and helps us find new solutions to challenging problems.”
We can’t do this alone. Our Science Advisory Board informs our priorities and allows us to draw on a wide range of expertise as we shape our strategy, establish partnerships, and develop scientific projects. Members of our Board include:
We use a variety of mechanisms to support science, including targeted grantmaking as well as open competitions in specific areas (Requests for Applications). We prioritize supporting research communities and not just individual researchers, so we support workshops, hackathons, and travel that enables collaboration among our partners. In supporting these efforts, the following policies govern our work:
We will release software developed by our own team and our funded partners under maximally permissive open-source licenses, and develop software collaboratively in the open through sites like GitHub.
We do not request rights to IP developed by our partners. However, any IP generated by a CZI-supported investigator and/or as part of a CZI-funded research project must be made freely available for all academic and non-commercial uses, including pre-commercial use by for-profit entities.
Data Sharing, Maintenance, and Security
We support open sharing of data because it lets scientists build on each others’ work to make new discoveries faster. We are committed to the long-term sustainability of our projects, and when needed, we will ensure long-term data access through permanent archives. In all projects involving human subjects, we will work with our external partners and with regulatory groups to support data privacy and security, and ensure that data requiring protection or controlled access are handled in agreement with national and international standards.
We support full publication without conditions or restrictions. We strongly encourage, and in some cases, may require, researchers to deposit manuscripts as preprints before peer review to increase access to research findings and to communicate results more quickly.
We hold ourselves and our scientific partners to the highest ethical standards. We require compliance with institutional and national standards for human subjects research and non-human animal research. In addition, we have specific policies addressing scientific misconduct, attribution of credit, respectful treatment of all persons without discrimination, and responsible use of grant funding.