09 March 2021
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to fund new Ancestry Networks for the Human Cell Atlas

Funding has been announced by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) for new Ancestry Networks for the Human Cell Atlas. Their Request for Applications (RFA) is focused on supporting collaborative teams of researchers to contribute data from tissue samples from ancestrally diverse donors to the HCA.

Diseases manifest differently in different people, and ancestry is one factor that impacts disease severity, outcome, and treatment. The CZI Ancestry Networks RFA will help towards creating a Human Cell Atlas that is representative of the entire global human population, to improve our understanding of human health and disease across the world.

All tissue samples should be healthy, single-cell reference data from historically understudied communities. This RFA will support collaborative networks of researchers for three-year projects. Teams should include at least one computational biologist or data scientist and one expert in single-cell biology. Community-engaged researchers should also be involved.

Researchers can register interest with the HCA here to find collaborators and connect with ongoing efforts.

Learn more and apply at https://apply.chanzuckerberg.com/