The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has announced grants totaling $13.7 million over three years in support of cutting-edge biomedical research.
The grants will fund two new programs, the CZ Biohub Microbiome Initiative and the CZ Biohub Intercampus Research Awards, with funding allocated to teams that include scientists, physicians, and engineers from the University of California, San Francisco, the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. Launched earlier this year, the CZ Biohub Microbiome Initiative will provide $4 million over three years to teams carrying out research on the community of microbes within the human body that influence many aspects of health, from nutrition and immune function to drug metabolism. Among other things, the initiative will bring together eight leading microbiome experts from the three universities based on their complementary and synergistic research interests.
Putting together the initiative also inspired the Biohub to establish the Intercampus Research Awards, which are designed to promote collaborative research in the biosciences by bringing together clinicians, biologists, chemists, data scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and bioethicists in teams that include faculty members from all three campuses. The competition drew applications from eighty-three teams and resulted in grants totaling $9.7 million over three years to six teams.
"This new collaborative team-based funding allows investigators across the three campuses to tackle demanding problems to enhance health," said CZ Biohub co-president Steve Quake. "These research teams will shed new light on a diverse and challenging set of questions that will advance our understanding while developing technologies that open fresh avenues of research."