Plant & Animal SMRT Grant

Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.

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Grant amount: Approximately US $50,000 in in-kind support

Anticipated deadline: Feb 22, 2020 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Research Scientist Undergraduate Student Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Europe; Central America; Central Asia; Eastern Africa; Middle Africa Expand all

Age restriction: At least 18 years of age

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Be Bold - Sequence with Confidence

With Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) Sequencing you can explore even the most complex genomes with confidence. A reference-quality genome and phased haplotypes will help you uncover new insights and propel your science.

Sequence Any Plant or Animal on the Tree of Life!

Plant and Animal Sciences SMRT Grant Program

Show us in a 90-second video abstract how a high-quality genome of your favorite plant or animal will advance your science for a chance to win:

  • Construction of up to 2 SMRTbell libraries
  • SMRT Sequencing (up to 20 SMRT Cells)
  • Bioinformatics analysis

Five finalists will be selected from all qualified submissions by a panel of scientists from PacBio and our co-sponsor, Histogenetics, to be shared and voted on by the public to choose a winner.

Read the full 2019 rules here.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Participation in the Pacific Biosciences (PacBio®) 2018 Plant and Animal Sciences SMRT Grant Program is open to individual entrants (excluding, in each case, vendors) meeting these eligibility requirements:
    • Entrants must be professionally engaged in laboratory-based scientific research and have attained at least the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence (entrants must, in any event, be at least 18 years of age).


  • Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives and independent contractors of the Sponsors or their respective affiliates or subsidiaries, together with their immediate family members and members of the same households (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate.
  • Also ineligible are
    • residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria or any country subject to U.S. embargo;
    • any persons (including businesses, research institutions, government and private organizations, individuals, and other types of legal persons )on the U.S. government’s Denied Persons List, Specially Designated Nationals list, Entity List, Unverified List or any other similar list maintained by the U.S. government or any other government to whose laws the Sponsors or their respective affiliates or subsidiaries, the Grant Program or such person is subject, and all individuals employed thereby or otherwise associated therewith; and 
    • any persons for whom it would be illegal to participate in or win the Grant Program, or with or to whom it would be illegal for the Sponsors to interact or award the prize as contemplated herein.