Funding Agency:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) seeks to support the work of up to 15 Imaging Scientists who will work at the interface of biology, microscopy hardware, and imaging software at imaging core facilities across the world. “Imaging Scientists” might be engineers, physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, or biologists who have focused on technology development in either light or electron microscopy, medical imaging, or data analysis fields. The primary goal of the program is to increase interactions between biologists and technology experts. The Imaging Scientists will have expertise in imaging hardware or software. A successful “Imaging Program” will employ an Imaging Scientist who: a) works collaboratively with experimental biologists on projects at the imaging core; b) participates in courses that disseminate advanced microscopy methods and analysis; c) trains students and postdocs in imaging technology; d) participates in a network of CZI Imaging Scientists to identify needs and drive advances in the imaging field; e) attends twice-yearly CZI scientific workshops and meetings in imaging and adjacent biomedical areas. Each grant will fund salary and fringe benefits for an Imaging Scientist at the imaging core, a modest travel and teaching budget, plus 15% indirect costs. The award period is three years plus an additional two years, awarded as a separate grant, if the Imaging Program passes a review at year three.

Deadline: July 30, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign non-profit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government.
  • An imaging core may submit only one application, but different imaging cores from a single institution may submit separate applications.
  • The person submitting the application on behalf of the imaging core should be the Imaging Scientist.
  • The Imaging Program’s Scientist must be currently employed at the institution submitting the application. The Imaging Scientist’s Biosketch and Personal Statement must be provided in the application.
  • Imaging cores should serve a broad community of scientists at their institutions, not just a small number of labs.
  • Imaging Scientists should have expertise with either hardware or software. We welcome applications from both medical and basic science imaging cores.
  • CZI encourages applications from underrepresented minorities, women, and early career scientists.
  • Facebook employees, including employees of any subsidiary Facebook entities, are not permitted to apply.
  • CZI reserves the sole right to decide if an applicant and applicant organization meet the eligibility requirements.

CZI requires institutional sign-off at this stage of the application process and suggests that you consult your home institution to determine eligibility to apply for this grant and your institutional policy on indirect costs. For questions about eligibility for this award or the application process, please contact us in advance of the proposal deadline at Deadline extensions will not be granted.



Amount Description

 The maximum budget that can be requested is $250,000 total costs per year for five years (no more than $1,250,000 total for five years). Note that it will be an initial three-year period followed by a potential two-year renewal, awarded as a new grant. No more than $200,000 per year can be requested for salary and fringe benefits of the Imaging Scientist, $20,000 per year for teaching and travel expenses, and 15% indirect costs for the institution. Indirect costs are limited to 15% of direct costs. Note: Restrictions may apply to international grantees using grant funds to travel to the U.S., but CZI will be in contact with successful applicants to discuss options.

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 30, 2020