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OpenPlant Fund: £5,000 grants for plant/synthetic biology - apply by 24 November

last modified Nov 01, 2017 11:59 AM
The OpenPlant Fund is now open to proposals for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology.

This round has a focus on training and knowledge exchange and applications from early career researchers are particularly encouraged.

Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach, policy work and training.

Although projects are synthetic biology-related, they comprise interdisciplinary teams many of whom have not worked on biology specifically.

If you have any questions about scope or eligibility, please contact colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk.

All proposals must lead to tangible, publicly documented and open outcomes, which could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Design files and prototype for a hardware project
  • Software development and documentation
  • White paper arising from a workshop
  • Educational resource
  • Synthesis and sharing of useful DNA parts or vectors.

Each successful project will receive up to £5k, with £4k up front and an additional £1k for follow-on and outreach after reporting.

This round is particularly encouraging applications for projects that will provide training or knowledge exchange to broaden the use of plant and cell-free synthetic biology tools, techniques and technologies.

You can find more information about eligibility, previous projects, and how to apply on the OpenPlant Fund website or attend their mixer event on 9 November.

The deadline for applications is 24 November 2017.

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