CFR Open Call – Visual Proteomics Imaging – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Dec 18, 2020 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: CFR Open Call - Visual Proteomics Imagining

The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

UCSC Contact:
Funder: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Opportunity: Visual Proteomics Imaging
Application Deadline: February 17, 2021


The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) seeks to support 2.5-year challenge grants in the field of visual proteomics. The ability to view protein molecules in cells and monitor changes in their structure, quantity, distribution, and interactions is key to understanding what causes diseases and finding treatments and cures. This grant program will advance technology development for the field of visual proteomics and aim to obtain near-atomic resolution readouts inside the cell. The funding mechanism will be targeted investments in the form of challenge grants with specified proof-of-concept milestones.

Please read further to learn about Scientific Scope, Desired Outcome, Collaboration and Open Science


  • Because hardware, software, and protocol development projects that may be supported by this RFA likely require different resourcing levels, a budget limit has not been set on a per project basis. Proposed budgets should reflect the project scope.
  • Awards will be 2.5 years (30 months) in duration.
  • Indirect costs cannot exceed 15% of direct costs.


  • PIs and Co-PIs must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree.
  • PIs and Co-PIs must each run laboratories in which they control their budget, their space, and their research. Independence in an academic setting is typically demonstrated by a full-time faculty appointment, a tenure-track position, allocated space, and/or institutional commitment as defined or verified in a letter from a department chair or equivalent.
  • CZI encourages applications from underrepresented minorities, women, and early-career scientists.

Special Requirements:

Please promptly submit your proposal intake form prior to the UCSC’s Internal Institutional Deadlines. For proposal support, or for any questions about institutional requirements, please send requests and questions to the research development team at A proposal development specialist will field your requests.

Original Call sent: December 11, 2020

The Office Corporate and Foundation Relations is a unit of University Relations. The CFR team creates and maintains mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with private organizations, matching grant initiatives with educational and research programs and centers. CFR supports faculty and staff to identify and approach these and other private foundations and corporations for funding, to assist in strategic positioning of the grant application, and to facilitate funder campus visits.

For a list of recent funding opportunities, please visit the CFR website.  CFR Calls for Funding

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