Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Essential Open Source Software for Science
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will support open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research. The goal of the program is to support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement for these critical tools.
Specifically, CZI currently supports several areas of basic science and technology with the goal of making it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century. The Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS) program aims to support software tools that are essential to this mission. Applications for two broad categories of open source projects will be considered in scope:
- Domain-specific software for analyzing, visualizing, and otherwise working with the specific data types that arise in biomedical science (e.g., genomic sequences, microscopy images, molecular structures). Software will be considered out of scope if it primarily serves domains outside biomedical science (e.g., physics, astronomy, earth sciences).
- Foundational tools and infrastructure that enable a wide variety of downstream software across several domains of science and computational research (e.g., numerical computation, data structures, workflows, reproducibility). While foundational tools will be considered in scope for this program, they must have demonstrated impact on some area(s) of biomedical research.
Amount: Grants range from $50,000-$250,000 for a one-year period.
Eligibility: Nonprofit and for-profit organizations; and public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government, companies, and eligible agencies of the federal government. Fiscal sponsors are permitted. As part of the application process, for-profit organizations may need to provide additional information on the charitable purposes of the proposal. Applications may come from any country, provided the proposed work is compliant with the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) program. For additional information regarding OFAC sanctions, please refer to the U.S. Treasury Department’s resources (https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Pages/default.aspx)
See solicitation for additional details on eligibility.
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