Illumina is dedicated to making tangible contributions to the agricultural community, with the goal of reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. We are committed to enabling groundbreaking research that will result in increased sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density of agricultural species.
Through the Illumina Greater Good Sequencing Grant Program, we are collaborating with the agricultural community to support research into creating a sustainable, nutritious food supply. The 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.
Applications for the 2020 Agricultural Greater Good Initiative grants are currently being accepted. The deadline for all 2020 applications is December 6, 2019.
The Grand Prize winner will receive 20 terabases of Illumina NovaSeq sequencing data on samples of your choice (check Terms and Conditions). The winner will be announced during the Illumina Workshop at PAG XXVIII in San Diego on January 11–15, 2020.
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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, a statement of work, and a description of 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, applicants should include:
To be considered, all entries must:
A team of Illumina scientists and executives will judge all submissions. 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.
University Bari, Italy and International Camel Consortium for Genetic Improvement and Conservation (ICC-GIC)
National University of Rosario's Aquatic Biotechnology Laboratory, Santa Fe, Argentina
North Carolina State University, Department of Horticulture
University of California Davis, African Orphan Crops Consortium
The African Orphan Crops Consortium is using genomics to advance the breeding process for orphan crop plant species, with a mission to curb malnutrition in African children.
In 2017, Illumina donated a HiSeq 4000 System to the African Orphan Crops Consortium to help the organization complete its crop sequencing project. Members of the consortium hope that their work will help to improve the food supply and nourish families in need.
Iowa State University, Global Food Security Consortium
Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI Hub)