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$3B Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Grow New Science and Transformative Technologies


The new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), has generated a lot of excitement at Berkeley Lab and many researches may be envisioning how to access the enormous amount of science funding this project puts on the table. In order to ensure that Berkeley Lab makes the strongest possible case for CZI funding, the lab’s efforts will be coordinated through a central team.

The Chan-Zuckerberg family recently announced the launch of their 10-year, $3B science initiative to eradicate diseases by the end of the next century. They plan to bring together scientists and engineers, build tools and technologies, and grow the movement to fund science.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative presents several potentially exciting opportunities for the lab, for example, the CZI is looking for new partners to develop transformative technologies and new collaborative models. Therefore, Deputy Laboratory Director Horst Simon has convened a working group of LBNL scientists and development staff to identify specific opportunities and, once there is more information on the initiative, help to develop the next steps.
Each Area has a technical point of contact to the working group, listed below. These POCs and the development team are the way LBNL researchers will access the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. LBNL researchers with concepts to explore through CZI need to contact the POC for their Area. Area science POCs and development team will work with Alicia Yeh, who is coordinating the lab’s outreach to the CZI.

Berkeley Lab CZI Working Group

CZI Science:
Biosciences – Petrus “Peter” Zwart
Computing Sciences – Peter Nugent
Earth & Environmental Sciences – Eoin Brodie
Energy Sciences – Melissa Summers
Energy Technologies – Hugo Destaillats
Physical Sciences – Peter Denes

CZI Development:
Alicia Yeh, coordinator
Kristin Balder-Froid
Ivy Clift
Mary Maxon

A video of the Chan Zuckerberg program announcement may be seen at: