The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pilot Projects for a Human Cell Atlas
The goal of the International Human Cell Atlas project is to create a reference atlas of all cells in the healthy human body as a resource for studies of health and disease. As part of this effort, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative seeks applications to support the Human Cell Atlas community’s convergence around standards, protocols, and best practices for the creation of a freely and openly available reference database of healthy human cells and tissues. We expect the reference Cell Atlas to ultimately include a variety of data types, including single-cell RNA sequencing, in situ hybridization imaging, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenetic information, low- and high-resolution images of biological samples, and more. For the initial phases of the project, we are especially interested in groups that can help evaluate protocols and best practices for the collection of single-cell molecular data, ideally by directly comparing multiple approaches to tissue preparation, data generation, or data analysis. Eligibility: All applicants must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and have a faculty position or equivalent independent investigator status at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Applications may be submitted by scientists at domestic and foreign 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.
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