Collaborative Pairs Pilot Project Awards



The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for the second cycle of the Collaborative Pairs Pilot Project Awards. These grant awards support pairs of investigators and their teams to explore innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to address critical challenges in the fields of neurodegenerative disease and fundamental neuroscience. Awards are $200,000 in total costs per collaborating pair for a period of 18 months, after which successful projects will be eligible to apply for additional four-year acceleration grants that build on pilot phase studies. Collaborative Pairs teams will benefit from the support, mentoring and collaborative interactions of the Challenge Network, as well as interactions with the broader CZ Science programs and grantee network.

The CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network (NDCN) was launched in 2018 as a new type of collaborative research network that brings together biologists, computational scientists, engineers, and physicians from across broad research areas who are motivated by collaboration and open science to tackle unsolved challenges in neurodegenerative disease. Collaboration has been at the core of the vision for the Challenge Network approach and in developing the NDCN program strategy, we have sought to develop funding mechanisms that motivate and support novel collaborative approaches that will lead to bold, innovative, risk-taking science.

For more information, watch the informational webinar and read the FAQ.

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Key Dates
MAY 9, 2023 - Letter of Intent (LOI) application portal opens
JUNE 22, 2023 - LOIs due by 5 P.M. (Pacific Time)
AUGUST 3, 2023 - LOI decisions announced , Full application portal opens
SEPTEMBER 14, 2023 - Applications due by 5 P.M. (Pacific Time)
JANUARY 2024 - Earliest notification of decisions (subject to change)
MARCH 1, 2024 - Expected start date of award period (subject to change)

Award period and start date: Proposed projects should be 18 months in duration with a projected start date no earlier than March 1, 2024. Actual start date may vary.


Application Instructions
Institutional Approval Form