We select science programs by engaging deeply with scientific and medical communities to identify unmet needs and barriers to success. We then identify if and where we can have a differentiated impact in addressing those challenges by supporting technology development, interdisciplinary research collaborations, and partnerships.
We want to enable researchers everywhere to visualize, measure, and analyze the biological processes underlying health and disease using advanced imaging technologies. We’re increasing collaboration and training between biologists and technology experts, improving imaging hardware and software tools, and supporting the development of new imaging technologies.
Neurodegeneration Challenge Network
The CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network brings together experimental scientists, physicians, and computational biologists from diverse research fields to understand the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. They collaborate and develop new strategies to treat and prevent neurodegenerative diseases.
Science in Society
How can we leverage science to address society’s great challenges? We work with patient communities, scientists, policymakers, advocates, and philanthropic partners to catalyze widespread public engagement with science, enable more responsive and inclusive practices, and bring biomedical research closer to the communities it aims to serve.
Single-cell biology is the application of technologies that enable multi-omics investigation at the level of the building block of life — a single cell. By accelerating the development and application of single-cell tools and technologies, we can better understand how disease manifests in the body’s cells and tissues.
Diversity in Science
Science is a powerful tool to catalyze discovery and innovation to improve and extend lives. Yet on a global basis, biomedical science is also rife with systemic disparities, inequities, and injustice. People of color and marginalized communities have experienced a long history of exploitation in the name of scientific research, and indeed science has itself been deployed as a tool of oppression. Read more about our commitment to scientific equity in Nature Medicine.
Unlocking Scientific Possibilities Using Precision Health
The nation’s four Historically Black Medical Colleges (HBMCs) are leaders in cutting-edge scientific research that aims to address significant gaps in genomics research, create new tools and methods to prevent and treat disease, and accelerate precision health for everyone, particularly Black people and other people of color. CZI’s Accelerate Precision Health program will advance genomics research by investing in genomics programs at each of the HBMCs — Charles Drew University College of Medicine; Howard University College of Medicine; Meharry Medical College; and Morehouse School of Medicine.
Advancing Excellence in Biomedicine
CZI partnered with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to launch the Science Diversity Leadership program, a funding opportunity that aims to recognize and further the leadership of excellent biomedical researchers who — through their outreach, mentoring, teaching, and leadership — have a record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their scientific fields. Learn more about our grant partners.
Increasing Underrepresented STEM Students on College Campuses
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program is a nationally recognized program for helping inspire, recruit, and retain students of color pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering fields. With CZI support, UC San Diego and UC Berkeley are implementing aspects of this program to help increase the number of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous STEM students on college campuses.
Supporting Diversity in Science Journalism
More inclusive science journalism is better science journalism. UC Santa Cruz aims to establish a model for expanding representation of Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian, and other underrepresented groups in science journalism. CZI supports UC Santa Cruz to increase diversity, inclusion, and representation in its science journalism program, which trains researchers to write about science in local communities around the country and could be replicated at other training programs worldwide.