The Center for ELSI Resources and Analysis (CERA)

CERA Working Groups - Call for Proposals


Call for Proposals

The Center for ELSI Resources and Analysis (CERA) is an interdisciplinary center that connects scientists, scholars, policymakers, journalists and the general public with information about the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics and genomics (ELSI) and fosters a community of multi-disciplinary researchers focused on high priority ELSI issues. Funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the CERA is co-led by the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Division of Ethics at Columbia University, in partnership with The Hastings Center and Harvard University.
To address emerging, high priority, and understudied ELSI issues and to enhance collaborations across institutions, the CERA funded two issue-based Working Groups in 2020. We are now pleased to call for proposals for a second round of CERA Working Groups:
  • CERA Working Groups are interdisciplinary teams that meet in person or virtually to deepen understanding of and create innovative approaches to addressing emerging, high priority, or understudied ELSI issues. The CERA will support up to two new Working Groups at a level of up to $20,000 over two years.
  • The CERA does not have a predetermined list of emerging, high priority, and understudied ELSI issues and welcomes a broad range of proposals to further the ELSI field. Examples of ELSI issues around which a CERA Working Group could form include methods for engaging underrepresented communities in genomics research; equity issues in AI and genomics; and strategies for addressing the cost of targeted genomics therapeutics.
  • Working Group outputs may include subsequent research proposals, educational materials, publications for scholarly and lay audiences, online tools, and events for scientists, clinicians, researchers, educators, journalists, policymakers, business leaders, and/or the public. CERA Working Groups will also produce a brief analysis of their issue(s) to be disseminated through the Elsihub website and will report annually on their work to the CERA Steering Committee.
  • Applications that assemble teams that have not worked together before, increase the diversity of the ELSI community, and/or include early-career researchers are strongly encouraged.

Initial proposals for CERA Working Groups are due October 15, 2021. Initial proposals of no more than 500 words should briefly describe the issue to be studied and its significance to ELSI scholarship, how the work advances the goals of the CERA, the intended range of disciplinary expertise in the Working Group, a general plan for how the team will work together, and the proposed outputs and outcomes. Finalists will be notified on November 15, 2021 and invited to submit full proposals due December 31, 2021. Awardees will be notified by February 28, 2022. Final reports of funded working groups will be due March 30, 2024.

Additional information, including details about budgets, review timelines, and criteria for evaluating proposals, can be found in the FAQ section.