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.

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Submission Deadline

Jul 13, 2016

About This Grant

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.

How It Works

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.

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