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Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS)

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits,
Agencies, and IHEs for Software Projects that Promote Scientific Research

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)

Deadline Date:

08/04/20 5:00 PM PT

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Grants to USA, Canada, and international nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, colleges and universities, laboratories, and hospitals for activities that advance computer technology. Funding is intended to support projects that further biomedical research through community engagement, development, growth, and maintenance of open-source software.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications in support of 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.

Open source software is critical to modern scientific research, advancing biology and medicine while providing reproducibility and transparency. Hundreds of software packages, libraries, and applications have become essential tools for research—so much so that many researchers could not continue their work without them. Despite its importance, even the most widely-used research software often lacks dedicated funding for maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement. Also, those who work on such software often lack credit and recognition.

In a new effort to support open source software for science, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) seeks applications for software projects that are essential to biomedical research, have already demonstrated impact, and can show potential for continued improvement. 

With this program, the Foundation aims to provide software projects with resources to support their tools and the communities behind them. Whether it’s hiring an additional developer, improving documentation, addressing usability, improving compatibility, onboarding contributors, or convening a community, they hope the support can help make the computational foundations of biological research more usable and robust.

For more information on the selection process, see: https://chanzuckerberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/EOSS-3-RFA-Announcement-and-Instructions-CYCLE-3-COMBINED-1.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186430

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Applications can request funding between $50k and $250k total costs (inclusive of up to 15% for indirect/overhead costs). Budgets will be evaluated for appropriateness relative to the scope of work proposed.
-Indirect costs cannot exceed 15% of direct costs.

Term of Contract:

-Proposed projects should be 12 months in duration with projected start date no earlier than January 1, 2021.
-Actual start date may vary.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Applications from any country are welcome, 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 US Treasury Department’s resources: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Pages/default.aspx

-Applications may be submitted by non-profit and for-profit organizations, public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government, companies, and eligible agencies of the federal government. As part of the application process, for-profit organizations may need to provide additional information on the charitable purposes of the proposal. Grants are not permitted to individuals; only to organizations. Open source software projects operating independently must be affiliated with an organization.

-International grantees must use all grant funds exclusively for activities conducted outside the United States of America. Travel expenses to the United States (including round-trip tickets) should not be covered from the requested grant funds.

For more information on eligibility, see: https://chanzuckerberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/EOSS-3-RFA-Announcement-and-Instructions-CYCLE-3-COMBINED-1.pdf#page=3

Pre-proposal Conference:

Representatives from each grantee project will be expected to join grantees from the prior two cycles of this program for a 2-3 day convening meeting in early November 2020. The Foundation will be holding this as a virtual event and will work to best accommodate the various time zones of grantees. Applicants are asked to hold the week of November 2, 2020 for this event.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates
June 16, 2020 - Application portal opens
August 4, 2020 - Applications due by 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)
November 2020- Earliest notification of decisions (subject to change)
January 1, 2021 - Award period and start date (subject to change)

-Indirect costs cannot exceed 15% of direct costs and must be included within the annual budget total. Indirect costs may not be assessed on capital equipment or subcontracts, but subcontractors may include up to 15% indirect costs of their direct costs.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://apply.chanzuckerberg.com/

For administrative and programmatic inquiries, technical assistance, or other questions pertaining to this RFA, please contact sciencegrants@chanzuckerberg.com.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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