iGEM 2021 Team Impact Grant

Earlier this year, we announced a first-of-its-kind initiative to distribute a total of $225,000 in grants to 90 iGEM teams during the 2021 competition season, with the support of the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation. We are absolutely thrilled that more than 200 iGEM teams from all over the world responded with amazing applications!

Watch the announcement from the Opening Weekend Festival:

Teams that participate in the iGEM Competition are pioneers of synthetic biology, and these grants will empower 2021 teams to secure funding for impactful projects in global pandemic response, climate change, agriculture, biomaterials, and many other critical areas. Support for these grants is provided by the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation of Research Corporation Technologies, Inc. (RCT).

Congratulations to the recipients

We evaluated every application we received on a straightforward set of criteria - we wanted to know who is on your team, what you’re planning to accomplish, why it’s important to your community (and the world!), and how this funding will help you to reach your goals this year, and you all responded with some of the most exciting iGEM projects we’ve seen yet!

We selected 90 teams with projects that are impactful and technically ambitious (but achievable), with an eye towards teams that are already on their way to reaching their intended goals for their projects this year. The teams listed here will each receive a $2,500 grant to help take their projects to the next level:

Thanks again to all of the amazing teams who applied!

For any questions about our selection process and the iGEM Foundation’s partnership with the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation, please contact kristin [AT] iGEM [DOT] org. We’ll be updating this Impact Grants page with project descriptions in the coming days!

About iGEM

The iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to advancing synthetic biology, education through competition, the development of an open community and collaboration, and building the workforce of the future. iGEM’s main program is the iGEM Competition, which challenges teams to create biology projects that are safe, responsible, and good for the world. iGEM is about local people solving local problems everywhere.

About the 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.

With thanks to the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation of

Research Corporation Technologies, Inc. (RCT)