eDNA Innovation


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Innovations in environmental DNA (eDNA) technologies promise to revolutionize ecological research and conservation, offering more accurate, efficient, and comprehensive insights into the health and diversity of ecosystems.

Science Leads: The eDNA Collaborative (Eily Andruszkiewicz Allan, Cara Sucher, Shana Lee Hirsch, Ryan Kelly)

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Submission Deadline:
Mar 30, 2024
Campaign Launch:
Mar 30, 2024

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Challenge Aims

The eDNA Collaborative's mission is to disseminate, accelerate and reinforce science that brings environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis and techniques out of the lab and into routine practice around the world. The eDNA Collaborative's overarching emphasis is on broadening eDNA use beyond historically well-funded settings by building and supporting an international network of practitioners to advance the state of the art in genetic detection and monitoring for environmental science and conservation.

We're looking for proposals from innovative researchers and technologists in the field of marine environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling. This initiative seeks to foster groundbreaking ideas, tools, and techniques that can increase capacity and use of eDNA technologies and techniques to support biodiversity and ecosystem health. We invite applications from academic institutions, research organizations, and independent scientists who are pushing the boundaries of eDNA methodologies and applications.

This grant aims to support projects that demonstrate novel approaches in marine eDNA collection, analysis, or application. We are particularly interested in projects that propose new sampling techniques or innovative uses of eDNA, or support increased capacity and access to eDNA technologies.  Proposals should clearly outline the expected outcomes, potential impacts on the field of marine eDNA, and how the project advances current technologies, methodologies, or capacities. We encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations that bring together experts from different fields to approach eDNA challenges in unique ways.

ROLLING SUBMISSIONS: The goal of this small, fast grant program is to get these projects off the ground quickly. If selected, the grant (up to $10,000 — the average Science Engine grant is $4,000) towards an ongoing Experiment project. Project leads are encouraged to try to raise additional support from the crowdfunding process, as granted amounts may only cover part of the project funds. The sooner you fill out a project application the better (use the "start a project" link below). In addition to funding, we hope to stay engaged with the projects as mentors and supporters, helping to make the experiments a success.