SCIENCE ENGINE

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Conservation Biotech, Community Science, Cellular Agriculture, Indigenous Futures, Augmented Discovery, Mycology

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FootPrint Coalition's Science Engine is a new fast grants initiative to support researchers working on technologies combating our climate and biodiversity crises.



The Projects

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What microbial partners help endangered vultures navigate a toxic world?

Wild animal microbiomes have received minimal research and we often don’t know what constitutes a "healthy...

Using eDNA to unveil the anchialine ecosystem

Welcome to the coolest ecosystem you've never heard of - the anchialine ecosystem! Anchialine habitats are...

Increasing Sustainable Kelp Farmers' Yields With an Automated Twine Wrapping Device

In response to the climate crisis and fears of food insecurity, regenerative kelp farming is emerging as...

Testing Additive Profiles for Organic Carbon Capture

To stop the negative effects of climate change we need carbon capture technology to be developed and deployed...

Kumeyaay landscapes, knowledge transfer, and land stewardship in San Diego

The goal of this project is to leverage indigenous knowledge with geographic information systems (GIS) and...

Water quality monitoring in Sampson County, NC

Many residents in Sampson County, NC use private wells, and there is a high density of water hazards associated...

Powering Indigenous-led salmon stewardship with machine learning

Wild salmon are central to cultures & ecosystems in British Columbia but are under unprecedented climate...

Improving the qualitative properties of mycelium skins through fungal-bacterial biocomposites

Farming animals for leather is a water, chemical, and energy-intensive process. Fungal "leather" could...

Genetic engineering of fungi for next generation sustainable tools

Anthropogenic influence on the Earth has had a negative effect. We need to create a sustainable way of living...

Intuitions about Ownership Among Achuar Communities and the Misalignment of Intellectual Property Law

The ownership of knowledge is one of the most contested topics of our times, but little is known about how...

Carbon sequestration potential of fungally produced composts

Our previous study on the decay of forest waste products found that the compost produced by wild fungi holds...

Using eDNA in Quest to Rediscover Zug’s Monitor Lizard: a Top 25 Most Wanted Lost Species

Sometimes extinction isn’t forever, it just takes the right team to discover what others could not. The...

Can we produce composite leather by biodegrading textile waste, using mycelium?

Can textile waste be repurposed and recycled as a raw material for the growth of mycelium leathers? Textile...

Is mycelium clay a suitable replacement for large scale gypsum polymer structures?

Myco-composites are sustainable and renewable alternatives to toxic petroleum plastics but require monitored...

Investigating the diet of wintering American Kestrels in agricultural landscapes

American Kestrels in the US have declined by 50% in the last 50 years and scientists are struggling to understand...

Can we hear how mycelia communicate?

Mycelial networks are the root like structures of fruiting body mushrooms. Spontaneous electrical low-frequency...

Mapping the Humpback whale genome

Humpback whales were hunted to near extinction until whaling was banned in 1963. Population recovery is...

Can Thailand be a hub for cultured protein production?

Demand for protein is growing in emerging economies fastest. Producing cultured protein (CP) is one approach...

Creating a cotton trichome cell line to grow cotton fibers without relying on the cotton plant

Growing cotton fibers through cellular agriculture would consume a negligible amount of water, not require...

Re-membering nuclear stories from a Maohi lens

Scientific and historical research on the 30 years of French nuclear tests in French-occupied Polynesia...

Using community science to evaluate the intersection of social, racial, and economic injustices in North Birmingham, AL

Environmental injustices differentially impact low wealth communities of color, and this pattern of inequity...

Increasing the bioavailability of carbohydrates through the interface of mycology and fermentation

Due to increasing reliance on grain as a source of carbohydrates, shortages can occur if supply is interrupted...

Sequencing the genome of a lost ladybug

The introduction of non-native lady beetles into North America led to the disappearance of several once...

How is this fish's diet key to coral reef conservation?

We study an abundant 'herbivorous' fish on Pacific coral reefs: the striated surgeonfish, Ctenochaetus striatus...

Can we produce plant protein fibers to emulate whole cut cultured meat?

Meeting the meat demands of a growing population is increasingly difficult and is harmful to the environment...

Potential of the Rewa River oysters in enhancement of community livelihoods and resilience

Edible oysters are a traditional food item in coastal communities in Fiji. Despite this, little is known...

Can RNAi be used to reduce the virulence of the pathogens of American chestnut?

The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was once an important member of the Appalachian ecosystem but was...

Can a rabies vaccination booster save African Wild Dogs?

Rabies is one of the greatest threats to the continued survival of the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus...

3D printing a steak with lab-grown cow cells

We want to make the perfect steak, without slaughtering cows.

Are climate change and air pollution triggering cardiovascular disease?

Ongoing global climate change and air pollution emissions pose a major threat to cardiovascular health...

How do bacteria respond when humans damage caves?

The Tongass National Forest in Alaska contains both damaged and undamaged caves. These caves are homes to...

Improving Hawaii's endemic limpet population through novel biochemical techniques

'Opihi are a culturally important marine limpet found only within the Hawaiian Islands. Considered a delicacy...

Identification and optimization of silica- and silicate-degrading enzymes for atmospheric CO2 removal

Rock weathering is a process whereby atmospheric CO2 reacts with silicate minerals, promoting formation...

Can we improve carbon capture in cyanobacteria with directed evolution?

Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic bacteria that convert CO₂ into oxygen using light. They are abundant in...

Exploring material properties and fabrication processes of a mycelium based surfboard

The modern surfboard comprises layers of unrecyclable plastic which often break and pollute our oceans...

New practicable, eco-friendly methods in the generation of sustainable transparent wood materials

Transparent wood (TW) is a lightweight, energy-efficient material engendering optical functionalities in...

Te Vaa Mataeinaa - Healthy Watersheds in Moorea

Te Vaa Mataeinaa - Tahitian for Watersheds - are critical to providing drinking water for people, nurturing...

Quantifying the soil microbiome of Indigenous managed land systems

Studies evaluating biodiversity on Indigenous lands do not consider microbial diversity. We aim to demonstrate...

What values will support collaboration in cellular agriculture?

Cultivated meat could help secure global protein demand without animal slaughter and reduced environmental...

How low cost agriculture waste material can be used to support lab-grown meat production?

Imagine a world in which animal cells are grown in laboratories to produce meat for human consumption. As...

Can green fluorescent protein expression be modified by use of CRISPR/Cas9 genome modifying tools?

Coral use green fluorescent protein (GFP) emissions to attract algal symbionts that provide energy to the...

Enhanced Weathering for climate mitigation and soil fertility in the tropics

Natural rock weathering sequesters CO2 for thousands of years and provides essential nutrients for plant...

How will coldwater fish survive on a hot planet?

Freshwater fish account for a quarter of the world’s vertebrate species and are critical to maintaining...

Sustainable bio-mining of rare Earth elements utilizing microorganism biotechnology

Rare Earth Elements (REE) are highly sought after for their powerful magnetic properties and energy efficient...

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More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Submission Deadline:
Nov 28, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

How do challenge grants work?

Projects are eligible to receive grants of up to 50% of the project cost (or up to $5,000).

Can I still submit a project?

We are accepting projects on a rolling basis. To participate submit an Experiment project and email support@experiment.com to be considered for the challenge.

Challenge Aims

FootPrint Coalition's Science Engine is a hub where leading scientists can share their research and engage directly with a community. Individual researchers working on technologies combating our climate and biodiversity crises can receive fast grants and funding from supporters globally.

The grant awards are chosen by esteemed partners, who we call "Science Leads," to spearhead these efforts in vitally important fields. The first five Science Leads and categories are: 

Project Eligilibity

In order to receive support, there must be an active Experiment project. Grant funding and amounts are subject to the discretion of the Science Lead.

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