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Enabling groundbreaking research for increased sustainability, productivity and nutritional density

Agricultural Community

Illumina is dedicated to making tangible contributions to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. We are committed to enabling groundbreaking research that will result in increased sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density of agricultural species.

The Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Sequencing Grant Program is designed to help identify measures that can increase crop yields and improve livestock welfare and productivity to alleviate poverty and hunger in the developing world.


Agricultural Greater Good Initiative

The Grand Prize winner will receive sequencing reagents to produce up to 20Tb of data

The winner will be announced during the Illumina Workshop at PAG XXVI in San Diego on January 13-17, 2018.

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The grant program is open to basic researchers in agrigenomics at academic or nonprofit institutions. Priority will be given to research that increases sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density of the world’s food supply.

In 1000 words or less provide an overview, statement of work, and describe the impact of your research. You may also include up to three figures, with legends, and a list of citations (not included in the word count).

In these sections please include:

  • Economic Impact
  • Social Impact
  • Collaborators
  • Nations Represented
  • Technologies Used
  • Other Sources of Funding

To have your submission considered, all entries must:

  • Be in English
  • Be complete
  • Be an original work

Submissions will be judged by a team of Illumina scientists and executives. Each submission will be judged based on our view of how well the entry reflects scientific merit, innovation, and fit with the values of the Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative.

Allen Van Deynze

UC Davis, African Orphan Crops Consortium

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Max Rothschild

Iowa State University, Global Food Security Consortium

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Tim Close

University of California at Riverside

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Appolinaire Djikeng

Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI Hub)

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Rajeev Varshney


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G. Craig Yencho and Bode Olukolu

North Carolina State University, Department of Horticulture

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