Genomics Research Gets a Funding Boost

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 4.44.52 PMDNAnexus is hosting a Grant Challenge along with Instrumentl, a funding platform for science, to help fund genomics research projects. DNAnexus and Instrumentl are offering $1,500 in Research Grants that can be applied to the researcher’s overall Instrumentl crowdfunding campaign. In addition to the $1,500 in research grants, DNAnexus will provide the winner a $5000 credit for compute and storage costs to run genomic analyses on DNAnexus.

Unfortunately, traditional funding opportunities like grants and fellowships are not keeping pace with the exponential growth of genomics research. The goal of this grant challenge is to expand funding for genomics research and to allow researchers and scientists to focus on what really matters, the science, not searching for funding.

“We’re empowering researchers who work to better understand the very building blocks of life,” says Angela Braren CEO of Instrumentl, “ Our collaboration with DNAnexus will give our global audience a chance to see what genomics researchers really do and get involved.”

The individual who raises the most funds will receive a $750 DNAnexus Research Grant. In addition, Instrumentl will be matching DNAnexus’ grants by awarding second and third place individuals with a $500 and $250 Instrumentl Research grant, respectively.

Thirteen research teams have been selected to be a part of the Genomics Challenge covering a wide variety of subjects including supersized genomes in desert rats, mapping the hybridization of sugarcane, and investigating orthopedic defects. Don’t delay, donate to a worthy genomics project today! Voting is open through January 5, 2016. The Bonus Grant ($5,000 DNAnexus credit) winner will be chosen on January 23rd. For more information check out the complete Genomics Challenge rules.