2018 iGEM Research Challenge


biology, ecology, education, mathematics, engineering, data science, computer science, chemistry, physics, materials science, earth science, medicine, neuroscience

In 2010, the founders of Experiment participated in iGEM and their experience inspired the creation of this crowdfunding platform. During July and August, we are providing free 1-on-1 coaching for all iGEM teams on campaign strategy, proposal review, and video support.

Submission Deadline:
Aug 15, 2018
Campaign Launch:
Aug 15, 2018

How this works

This challenge is for projects that launch crowdfunding campaigns during July and August of 2018.

Learn more

Learn more about Experiment challenges on the challenges main page.

Challenge Aims

This is a challenge for iGEM teams participating in the 2018 Jamboree.

For an iGEM team without financial support, it is nearly impossible to get started. It takes money to make money. With a small amount of money a team of scientists can produce preliminary data to attract more money. Without a starting pool, it is nearly impossible to make a case in our current funding environment.

As iGEM alumni, we think as a community we can make the entry to the synthetic biology field more equitable. Regardless of your team's experience or age, we will support your team.

For new teams, we will support you in raising your first money to complete your first experiments.

For existing teams, we will support you in raising the funds that complete meaningful milestones for your experiments. Teams commonly use Experiment to supplement existing funds.

iGEM Project Statistics
Proposals created: 61
Projects Launched: 40
Projects Successfully Funded: 20
Funding Success Rate: 50%
Average Failed Project Budget: $4,486
Average Successful Project Budget: $2,663

Teams in the United States, Canada, UK, and Australia will be paid out in the local currency. Teams outside of these countries will be paid out through Paypal.

Project Eligilibity

All teams registered for the 2018 iGEM competition are eligible for this Research Challenge if your campaign launches in July or August of 2018. If you are not registered for the competition, but still would like to participate submit a request to support@experiment.com