Science Diversity Leadership awards from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will recognize the leadership and scientific accomplishments of outstanding early- to mid-career researchers at U.S. universities, medical schools, or nonprofit research institutes who — through their outreach, mentoring, teaching, and leadership — have a record of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their scientific fields. They will have made significant research contributions to the biomedical sciences, show promise for continuing scientific achievement, and demonstrate leadership in efforts to diversify the sciences. Principal Investigators and laboratory staff who are leading projects supported by these grants will participate in annual in-person meetings and online webinars organized by CZI and will be connected to national and international scientific leaders through CZI convenings.
A grant of $1.15 million total costs will be disbursed by CZI over a five-year period ($230,000 total costs per year, inclusive of 15 percent for indirect costs/overhead) to the institution that employs the Principal Investigator who leads the project. Direct costs ($200,000 per year) can be used to support both the research of the Principal Investigator and their outreach, mentoring, and teaching activities.
1. Performs research relevant to the biomedical sciences and holds an M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D./Ph.D., DDM, DVM, or equivalent degree;
2. Leads an independent research laboratory — defined as having control of its budget, grants, and space — in a university, medical school, or nonprofit research institution in the U.S. or a U.S. territory; and
3. Started their first independent laboratory no earlier than January 1, 2012.
The grantee institution must agree to the requirements described in the CZI Institutional Approval Form and must sign the form as part of the application process. Applications may be submitted by U.S. and U.S. territory nonprofit organizations, public and private institutions such as colleges, universities or hospitals, and eligible agencies of federal, state, or local government. For-profit organizations are not eligible. Grants will be awarded to institutions, not individuals. Grants will either be funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Foundation (CZIF) or recommended for funding through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Donor-Advised Fund (CZI DAF) at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF).
Receipt of the grant is conditioned upon grantee institutions providing satisfactory documentation that their Principal Investigators meet all the eligibility requirements.
Principal Investigators who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, who have disabilities that limit major life activities, or who identify as women or non-binary gender are strongly encouraged to apply. Eligibility is not limited by race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, religion, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age. Meta employees, including employees of any subsidiary Meta entities, as well as employees of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, LLC, are not permitted to apply. CZI reserves the sole right to decide if an applicant organization meets the eligibility requirements.
Positive factors for selection are not eligibility criteria. Rather, the following positive factors are qualities of the Principal Investigator that reviewers are asked to consider in a holistic manner when scoring applications:
The application will include the Principal Investigator’s NIH Biosketch, brief descriptions of their three most significant scientific contributions, a Personal Statement describing the Principal Investigator’s scientific motivation and experience working with underrepresented communities, a Research Plan that addresses a significant problem in the Principal Investigator’s field and describes how the program will contribute to expanding representation in the biomedical sciences, and two letters of reference (one from a mentor or colleague and one from a mentee). Applications and reference letters will be submitted to the Fellowships Office of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies), and will undergo review by multiple experts assembled by the National Academies with advice from CZI.
The Principal Investigator will advance research in areas that are the focus of CZI, which include the basic science of human disease and the development of transformative tools and technologies. Especially welcomed is research that has the potential to advance progress on diseases that disproportionately affect Black, Latina/o/x, or Indigenous populations. This program is guided by CZI’s commitment to scientific equity.
CZI-prioritized fields include:
Examples of diseases within these fields that are relevant to underserved populations include (but are not limited to):
CZI supports development of broadly useful, openly accessible scientific tools via both active technology development and funding support. In the context of this program, technology development is considered in scope if it contributes to the above fields or addresses diseases such as those listed. Clinical outcomes research, social/behavioral sciences, and drug discovery are not prioritized fields.
The application is divided into the following sections (click on each to expand):
Eligibility is limited to investigators who:
In addition, the grantee institution must agree to the requirements described in the CZI Institutional Approval Form and must sign the form as part of the application process. Applications may be submitted by U.S. and U.S. territory nonprofit organizations, public and private institutions such as colleges, universities or hospitals, and eligible agencies of federal, state, or local government. For-profit organizations are not eligible. Grants will be awarded to institutions, not individuals.
Includes full name and email address, collected at registration.
Includes educational history (degrees, institutions, dates), details of your current (and prior) institutional affiliation as a researcher, and other information you can provide such as laboratory and institution website and ORCID iD number.
You are also required to provide information regarding the CZI Institutional Approval Form, specifically the employing institution EIN.
Questions in this section request information on your Race and Ethnicity, Disability status, and Gender Identity. Answering these questions is voluntary. If you do not wish to answer any question, check the “Prefer not to say” box to proceed with the application. The demographic information you provide in this section will not be shared with reviewers and will not be used to make final grant funding decisions.
The “uploads” section requires the following:
Provide a Biosketch in NIH format, describing your professional positions, training history, important mentors, select publications, and other contributions. Sections of the NIH Biosketch form that describe accomplishments may be dropped if they are redundant with the essays on Significant Scientific Contributions.
Essays (see formatting instructions below)
Applications must include two Letters of Reference for the Principal Investigator who will lead the project. One letter must be from a colleague or mentor and one must be from a mentee. Enter the names, titles, and email addresses for your reference writers. In making your selections, please note the following:
In their letter, the colleague or mentor should
After entering your reference writers, save the information, and then you can notify them by clicking on the “Initiate Email Request” button. Letters of reference will be submitted separately by the references you contact and you will receive notification when a letter is submitted. It is your responsibility to confirm that letters have been submitted, and you will not be able to finalize your application submission until letters are received. If necessary, you may re-invite letter writers from the Reference Writer module.
You are required to provide the name, title, and contact information for the individual who will sign the Institutional Approval Form. The Institutional Approval Form must be uploaded as a single PDF. This form should be reviewed and signed by a person authorized to sign on behalf of your organization agreeing to the stated institutional and investigator requirements and commitments on data, resource sharing, and publication policies, as well as endorsing/verifying your application materials and confirming their ability to receive funding for the project. These policies are non-negotiable. This form should only be signed if the organization is able to comply with the terms as stated. Note: digital signatures are permitted as long as the document is not encrypted or password-protected.
Please note that all parts of the application, including Letters of Reference, must be submitted before you can submit the final application. Please read the application instructions for each section above or download a copy. Specific questions regarding the application may be directed to email@example.com.
Click on the "Register" button to the right, then once registered, login to the application with your newly created email and password.
Select the Science Diversity Leadership Award and create your online application by first confirming your eligibility to apply.
Once eligibility has been confirmed, proceed to other sections of the application by completing the required fields in each of the application sections. Applicants can proceed from section to section by selecting Next Tab >> in the middle of the screen.
During the Application period, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application is saved. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.
On completion of all mandatory fields, references received, and uploads attached, save your application by clicking on Submit as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: You may edit your FINAL application prior to the deadline date by clicking on “Edit” beside your application. When all edits have been made, click on Submit as FINAL in the application form to save and submit your changes.
If you require assistance or additional information, please contact the Program Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.