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napari Plugin Foundations Grants (Cycle 2)

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Funding Source:

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI)

Deadline Date:

06/02/22 5:00 PM PT

Description:

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Grants of $20,000 and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and government agencies for projects related to plugins utilized in scientific research. Funding is intended for a range of expenses including travel, salary, operational needs, and community outreach efforts.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications for a second round of grants to support plugin projects for the napari image analysis platform. This round focuses on ensuring the quality of existing plugins through improvements to documentation, user support, usability, and reliability, and establishing foundational plugins for cell biology analyses. While napari is designed for a broad variety of imaging domains and welcomes plugin developers building a wide variety of tools, in this round of funding, CZI seeks to ensure that the napari ecosystem supports a critical mass of foundational image processing and analysis methods for cell biology.

In addition to funding, awardees will be invited to participate in training and mentorship opportunities to support their success as part of the grant program. 

Applications for two types of grants will be considered in scope according to the level of maturity of the plugin:

  • Quality improvement grants: To improve the quality of one or more existing open source napari plugins. Priority will be given to plugins that have strong potential for increased impact through quality improvements such as documentation, user support, usability, and reliability. Plugins supported by quality improvement grants must be available on the napari hub and source code on a public repository prior to the final grant submission date of June 1, 2022.
  • Cell biology grants: To convert existing open source tools, methods, or processing steps that support common cell biology workflows into one or more napari plugins. Priority will be given to plugins that provide image analysis, processing, and quantification solutions that are currently lacking in the napari plugin ecosystem through the napari hub.

Acceptable Use of Funds:

Acceptable use of funds includes, but is not limited to:

  • Salary support for the applicant or a member of their project team to work on the project;
  • Travel support for the applicant or a member of their project team to present on the work at conferences (for grants to organizations outside of the U.S., funds cannot be used for travel to the U.S.);
  • Hackathons, sprints, outreach, or other forms of community engagement and support for community participation; and
  • Operational needs such as workstations, cloud computing, or continuous integration services.

CZI staff will further support awarded proposals by convening grantee meetings and helping connect open source software developers to scientists, including other CZI-funded grantees and members of the broader scientific community. Travel support for these meetings will be provided by CZI separately from the requested grant funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202888

Estimated Size of Grant:

$20,000 USD total costs (inclusive of up to 15 percent indirect costs).

Term of Contract:

Awards will be for one year (12 months) in duration with an expected start date of November 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign nonprofit organizations; including public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government, and eligible agencies of the federal government. Software projects operating independently must be affiliated with an organization, as described below. Grants are not permitted to individuals; only to organizations. For-profit organizations are not eligible.

If an application does not come from an organization eligible to receive and distribute funds (e.g., an academic institution), it may designate a fiscal sponsor (e.g., NumFOCUS, Code for Science & Society, or others). Proposals that require fiscal sponsorship are encouraged to contact the appropriate organizations early in the application process.

Applications are welcome from any country, provided the proposed work is compliant with the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) sanctions program. Prior to award, all grant applications will be reviewed for compliance with OFAC sanctions program, the United States Department of Commerce’s export administration regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), any other applicable U.S. laws and regulations, and any corresponding laws and regulations in the country where the applicant is based. All grant agreements will also require the grantee to comply with these laws and regulations.

- Meta employees, including employees of any subsidiary Meta entities, as well as employees of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, LLC, are not permitted to apply.
- Members of the napari steering council and napari core developers are not permitted to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
April 19, 2022: Application portal opens
June 2, 2022: Applications due by 5 p.m. Pacific Time
Mid-September 2022: Earliest notification of decisions (subject to change)
November 1, 2022: Expected start date of award period

- There may be more than one application submitted by each organization.
- Each application must have a minimum of one PI, but may designate up to three total PIs (one Coordinating PI and up to two Co-PIs).
- Coordinating PIs are eligible to apply for a maximum of two grants, but each one must be in a different category (one in quality improvement and one in cell biology).

Institutional sign-off is required.

For additional information regarding PIs and Co-PIs, see: https://chanzuckerberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/napari-Plugin-Foundations-Grants-Cycle-2-COMBINED-FINAL.pdf#page=3

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, or other questions pertaining to this RFA, please contact sciencegrants@chanzuckerberg.com.

For technical assistance with SMApply, please contact support@smapply.io

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