Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $5 million in funding to support open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research.
Yet even the most widely-used research software often lacks dedicated funding.
With these grants, awardees will be able to hire additional developers, improve documentation, address usability, improve compatibility, onboard contributors, convene communities, and more.
"Open source software accelerates the work scientists carry out each day, whether it's searching a genome sequence for a disease gene, tracking a disease outbreak, or counting cells in a microscope image," said CZI Head of Science Cori Bargmann.
"Scientists are only as good as their tools, and we’re thrilled to support open source projects that will benefit the entire scientific community and help every scientist be a better scientist."
The 32 selected proposals include 42 total open source projects.