Our initial priorities are science and education, two areas in which systemic barriers prevent individuals from reaching their potential. Can today’s children learn and experience 100 times more than we did? Can we eliminate suffering by helping to cure, prevent or manage the diseases that affect us today? We believe the answer is yes.
Chan Zuckerberg Science
That doesn’t mean that no one will ever get sick. But it does mean our children and their children will get sick a lot less. When they do, doctors will be able to detect and treat their conditions, or at least manage them with limited consequences. We believe this is possible by the end of the century — and many of the world’s best scientists do too.
Today, researchers are dramatically expanding our understanding of the human body and illness — the science behind medicine. To accelerate this progress, we will bring scientists and engineers together in new ways, create computational and experimental tools to empower the scientific community and build a movement to support basic science research.
Science Advisory Board
We can’t do this alone. Our Science Advisory Board informs our priorities and goals and allows us to draw on a wide range of expertise as we shape our strategy, establish partnerships and develop scientific projects. Members of the Board include:
Tobias Bonhoeffer, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
David Haussler, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
Arthur Levinson, Ph.D., CEO of Calico (California Life Sciences LLC)
Shirley Tilghman, Ph.D., president emerita of Princeton University
Robert Tjian, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of California, Berkeley
Harold Varmus, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College
Yuri Milner, DST Global
Huda Zoghbi, M.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Baylor College of Medicine
People, Technology and Collaboration
Physician-scientists, experimental scientists, computational biologists and engineers are all needed for the next generation of medical advances. We will support their work through a variety of projects and resources, some of which are listed below.
The Biohub. The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is an independent research center that brings together physicians, scientists and engineers from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. The Biohub invests in early-stage research with long time horizons and supports the work of creative scientists by providing 5 years of unrestricted funding through its investigator program. Learn more at the Biohub website.
Transformative Technologies. New tools empower and advance all of science. We will work with partners around the world to create, improve and support enabling technologies. Our interests include the international Human Cell Atlas project, computational tools for microscopy, stem cell resources and new approaches to disseminating scientific knowledge.
Challenge Networks. Some of the most exciting discoveries in science happen across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. We will support networks of scientists around the world to tackle long-term, challenging problems and create incentives that support their collaboration. Some research areas that we are exploring are neurodegenerative diseases and biological imaging.
We look forward to partnerships with creative institutions around the world who share our vision for advancing science. As opportunities for funding and collaborations arise, we will post them here.
Chan Zuckerberg Education
No child can reach his or her full potential without an education to match — an education that lifts up their passions and accommodates their needs. We believe all young people should have such experiences and that personalized learning is one of the most promising approaches to reach this goal.
We want to help provide every student, and every teacher, the opportunity to excel, and that means developing systems that meet students where they are and take them where they want to go, adapting to their academic interests and supporting their physical, social and emotional development along the way. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is already helping to build and deploy such personalized models and tools, empowering communities to give each child the education they deserve.
We focus on developing breakthrough products and practices that address the needs of each student, bringing together the best teachers, researchers, advocates and engineers to tackle pressing problems and growing a movement to support the development and broad adoption of powerful personalized learning solutions.
Chan Zuckerberg Technology
We believe engineers can help turbocharge and scale solutions to facilitate social change. So we are establishing a cross-functional engineering team that will serve all Chan Zuckerberg Initiative focus areas. Many philanthropic organizations give away money, but the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is uniquely positioned to design, build and scale software systems to help educators and scientists already working on humanity’s greatest challenges. That’s what we’re doing to help teachers bring personalized learning tools into hundreds of schools. That’s what we’re doing to help scientists build new tools that can help cure, prevent or manage all diseases within our children’s lifetime. And that’s what we will do across all future initiative focus areas.