Science Diversity Leadership awards from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) 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.
Award Amount: 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.
Eligibility: The Principal Investigator must be someone who:
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.
Applications Due: TBD