Open Call – CZI – Pediatric Networks for the Human Cell Atlas

Feb 5, 2021 | Awards & Funding, Research

To: All Divisional Faculty and Researchers
From: Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Subject: Funding Opportunity

The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.  Please click on the link below for more information

UCSC Contact:
Funder: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Opportunity: Pediatric Networks for the Human Cell Atlas
Application Deadline: March 30, 2021


This Request for Applications welcomes proposals that will make significant contributions toward single-cell reference data for the community of patients, clinicians, and researchers engaged in pediatric research. This opportunity is intended to support active collaborative teams of researchers that have access to established resources and protocols that are ready to be extended and scaled. The opportunity is also intended to support new collaborative teams that will benefit from the experience of existing teams while bringing complementary and differentiated perspectives and resources.

Team Composition: Teams should consist of at least three principal investigators (PIs), including at least one computational biologist or data scientist, one pediatrician actively engaged in clinical care, and at least one expert in single-cell biology.

Collaboration and Open ScienceAll projects will be evaluated based on their potential for scientific output (productivity), tool and resource dissemination (reach), inclusion of representative donors and communities, and collaboration among the team.


Because varying projects require different resourcing levels, a budget limit has not been set on a per project basis. Proposed budgets should reflect the project scope and will be evaluated for appropriateness relative to the scope of work proposed.


  • This opportunity is focused on better understanding early life, including periods of infancy, juvenile, and early adolescent ages. Applications examining prenatal and fetal development are not eligible for this opportunity.
  • Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations.  All grants will be awarded to institutions, not individuals.
  • There may be more than one application submitted by each organization.
  • Each application should designate one Principal Investigator (PI) as the Coordinating Principal Investigator (Coordinating PI).
  • This funding opportunity aims to bring together collaborative teams with diverse expertise. Examples:
    • Tenure track faculty;
    • Non-tenure track faculty or staff scientists who lead a lab;
    • Researchers, advocates, and clinicians that hold roles at non-academic institutions who are permitted to apply for grants by their institution.
    • Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply in their current roles
  • Community-engaged researchers and pediatricians are strongly encouraged to serve as coordinating PIs for these networks.
  • Early-career investigators are strongly encouraged to apply as Coordinating PIs as well as Co-PIs.
  • Women and historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


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: January 22, 2021

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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