Sponsors for iGEM 2021

As a non-profit organization, we count on the support of our partners and sponsors to help us continue to provide this unique and valuable experience to students worldwide. Thank you to all of everyone below who have helped make iGEM possible.

Platinum Partner Sponsors

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)
IDT is a leader in the development and manufacture of products for research and diagnostic life sciences. As the world’s largest supplier of custom nucleic acids, IDT serves academic research, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical development communities with products that support applications including next generation sequencing (NGS), gene amplification, SNP detection, expression profiling, gene quantification, and synthetic biology. Platform-independent NGS products (xGen™ Lockdown™ Probes for improved target capture, custom adaptors, fusion primers, molecular identifier tags—MIDs) are available in addition to DNA and RNA oligonucleotides, qPCR assays, siRNA duplexes, gBlocks™ Gene Fragments for gene construction, and custom gene synthesis.

Our 8-year partnership with IDT has transformed the way iGEMers around the world approach synthetic biology. Registered iGEM 2021 Competition teams can get up to 20 kb free custom DNA from IDT. See more about IDT's ground-breaking offer at the IDT partner page.

Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks
Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company. Founded by some of the earliest participants in iGEM, Ginkgo develops tools to make biology easier to engineer, with applications in consumer products, food and agriculture, health and medicine, and beyond. To learn more about Ginkgo and see open job postings, visit ginkgobioworks.com.

Twist Bioscience

Twist Bioscience
At Twist Bioscience, we work in service of customers who are changing the world for the better. In fields such as medicine, agriculture, industrial chemicals and data storage, by using our synthetic DNA tools, our customers are developing ways to better lives and improve the sustainability of the planet. The faster our customers succeed, the better for all of us, and Twist Bioscience is uniquely positioned to help accelerate their efforts.

For the third year, Twist Bioscience has teamed up with iGEM to offer every team complimentary synthesis of up to 10kb in Twist Gene Fragments. To find learn more, visit Twist Bioscience's Partner Page.

Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation of Research Corporation Technologies

Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation
Research Corporation Technologies established the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation in December 1998 to provide financial support for scientific research and educational programs at qualified nonprofit organizations. Since its formation, the foundation has provided over $35 million in support of selected scientific and educational programs throughout the United States.

We're grateful for the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation's support to the iGEM Competition teams through the 2021 Team Impact Grants.

Open Philanthropy

Open Philanthropy
Open Philanthropy identifies outstanding giving opportunities, makes grants, follows the results, and publishes its findings. Its mission is to give as effectively as it can and share the findings openly so that anyone can build on them.

We're grateful for Open Philanthropy's support for iGEM's Safety & Security Program, including 2021 team grants.

Partner Plus Sponsors


GenScript is the leading gene, peptide, protein and antibody research partner for life science research, translational biomedical research, and early stage pharmaceutical development. Since our establishment in 2002, GenScript has exponentially grown to become a global leading biotech company that provides life sciences services and products to scientists over 100 countries worldwide. During its tenure, GenScript has built best-in-class platforms for biological research services encompassing gene synthesis and molecular biology, peptide synthesis, custom antibodies, protein expression, antibody and protein engineering, and CRISPR gene editing tools – all with the goal to Make Research Easy.

GenScript has partnered with iGEM to provide logistical support to teams in China since 2016! This year, GenScript is offering a team grant opportunity for up to 6 iGEM teams in 2021, as well as 20% off gene synthesis for all teams. Visit GenScript's Partner Page to learn more.

Partner Sponsors

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

Beckman Coulter
Beckman Coulter's commitment to your research dates to our origin in 1935. For more than 80 years, we have been a trusted partner for laboratory professionals, helping to advance scientific research and patient care. Beckman Coulter Life Sciences and Beckman.com is a global resource for millions of life science researchers, industrial and environmental technicians, and pharmaceutical and biomedical scientists.

This year, Beckman Coulter will support iGEM teams through their iGEM Challenge. Visit Beckman Coulter's Partner Page to apply for one of their sponsorships.


Benchling is the first cloud-based platform powering synthetic biology research and making breakthrough discoveries faster than ever before. Replacing outdated pen and paper processes, Benchling offers a unified solution purpose-built for biotech that includes Notebook, an electronic laboratory notebook, and Molecular Biology, a suite of sequence design and analysis tools. Benchling is used by over 320,000 scientists worldwide to centralize data collection, design biological sequences, and collaborate more efficiently. With Benchling, you and your iGEM team spend less time on busywork and more time focusing on science.

For a third year in a row, Benchling is helping iGEM teams make research discoveries faster! To learn more about Benchling's exciting offer for iGEM teams, visit Benchling's Partner Page.


MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions.

MathWorks is offering complimentary MATLAB software to iGEM 2021 teams for use in the competition.​ See the Software Resources Page for more information.

Gold Sponsors

  • Agilent

  • Battelle
    Battelle's vision is to be a major force in science and technology discovery and in the translation of knowledge into innovative applications that have significant societal and economic impacts.

  • New England Biolabs
    Established in the mid 1970's, New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB) is the industry leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications and now offers the largest selection of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. NEB continues to expand its product offerings into areas related to PCR, gene expression, sample preparation for next generation sequencing, synthetic biology, glycobiology, epigenetics and RNA analysis. Additionally, NEB is focused on strengthening alliances that enable new technologies to reach key market sectors, including molecular diagnostics development. New England Biolabs is a privately held company and is proud to be a Certified B Corporation™. NEB has extensive worldwide distribution through a network of exclusive distributors, agents and eight subsidiaries located in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK. For more information about New England Biolabs visit www.neb.com.

We are pleased to recognize the following sponsors of iGEM 2021:

Special Offers for iGEM Teams

We are proud to announce our Partner Special Offers and Team Grant opportunities for iGEM 2021. Check back often for the latest funding opportunities, offers and discounts for iGEM teams!

Other Funding Opportunities

We are pleased to introduce not one but TWO new grant opportunities for iGEM teams this year! Click below to learn more:

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