Arc Innovation Investigator Competition

The Arc Institute seeks to foster collaborations built on scientific curiosity, a deep commitment to truth, and interdisciplinary science. Arc Innovation Investigators are researchers at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UCSF who will be awarded $1M of unrestricted funding over 5 years to pursue visionary ideas in curiosity-driven science and technology development.


Arc Model

Arc’s goal is to enable scientists to pursue significant, long-term research agendas, in collaboration with our innovative Technology Centers and Translation Program. The Arc Innovation Investigators Award Program provides unrestricted funding to faculty members at our three partner universities to support their pioneering research. Read more about our approach on the Arc Model page and our blog.


Arc Innovation Investigators are appointed for five-year terms, which are competitively renewable. Awardees will act as intellectual bridges between the universities and the institute, while maintaining their labs, employment, and appointments at their home university (Stanford University, UCSF, or UC Berkeley).


Current faculty at our three partner universities (Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley) are eligible to apply. All career stages will be considered. We encourage innovative research proposals that may be challenging to support via traditional funding sources and are aligned with Arc’s mission of understanding and treating complex human diseases.

Scientific Focus Areas

The focus areas for this year’s competition include Neurobiology, Immunology, Computational Science, Human Genetics, Chemical Biology, and Technology Development. All scientists in one of these areas who are excited to engage with Arc’s research mission, organizational model, and scientific community are encouraged to apply.


Application materials include: Cover letter, CV, research statement of past and proposed work, and a description of the applicant’s contributions to their 3 most significant publications. No letters of support are required. More details are available in the FAQ and application submission portal.


Key Dates

  • Applications due: January 31, 2023
  • Semifinalist presentations @ Arc: March - May 2023
  • Notification date: June 1, 2023
  • Start date: July 1, 2023

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