iGEM Synthetic Biology


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iGEM is an annual competition in synthetic biology, with teams competing from around the world to build biological systems from a standardized kit of biological parts.

The Projects

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Creating the ideal E. coli strain for producing functionalised outer membrane vesicles

Outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) are protein transport 'bubbles', produced by bacteria for communication...

Creating a Genetic Circuit Control Toolbox

Synthetic biology studies the design of genetic circuits to program cells to solve problems in areas like...

The DNA Typewriter: Building a modular system to encode text in DNA

By 2040, we will exhaust the materials needed to store digital data; creating a desperate need to find novel...

Developing a modular paper-based detection device for Tuberculosis

The Michigan Synthetic Biology Team is developing a novel diagnostic device that will enable the detection...

Rapid Detection of Tuberculosis -SCSU-New Haven iGEM

The World Health Organization reports 9.6 million new Tuberculosis cases in 2014. As a global health issue...

How can we keep genes from interfering with each other in synthetic DNA circuits?

Building complex biological systems with many genes requires isolating genes. Active genes can cause nearby...

StarScaffold - Creating Better Multi Protein Structures

StarScaffold is a scaffold protein designed to specifically link other proteins to itself. It’s a platform...

Improving the detection of expired medication in developing countries to improve maternal health

Oxytocin prevents maternal mortality by reducing bleeding after giving birth. It's limited in rural areas...

More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Challenge Amount:
Submission Deadline:
Jul 13, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Jul 27, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

Challenge grants are sponsored prizes. We will accept proposals for campaigns from eligible iGEM teams, and all the campaigns will launch together on July 26th, 2016. The project that ends with the highest number of backers will receive an additional $1,000.

When will the grant be awarded?

On August 26th at 5PM PT, the prizes will be awarded according to the posted schedule.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

Synthetic biology is an emerging field with widely varied applications, from alternative energy to cancer research. Biological systems can be engineered in living organisms such as yeast or E. coli, to produce new outputs or uses. Most of the iGEM teams are comprised of undergraduates, high school students, or community lab members. The competition encourages undergraduate and early-career research experience, and projects are led and implemented by the students.

Project Eligilibity

A project must be run by a registered, approved iGEM team based in the US, UK, Australia, or Canada, and submitted for review by 7/13.

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