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: Oct 19, 2019 5:00pm PDT

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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Want to explore a genome or transcriptome?

Tell us how whole genome sequencing for de novo assembly or RNA sequencing of full-length transcripts will advance your plant and animal research for a chance to win free SMRT Sequencing including:

  • Construction of 1 SMRTbell library
  • SMRT Sequencing (up to 20 SMRT Cells)
  • Bioinformatics analysis

One winner will be selected from all qualified applications by a panel of scientists from PacBio and the University of Delaware Sequencing & Genotyping Center.

Prize Description & Consumer Disclosure

There will be a total of one (1) prize awarded, consisting of:

  • One (1) library, including SMRTbell construction, annealing and binding, size-selection appropriate to project
  • Sequencing runs using up to twenty (20) SMRT Cells (including sequencing reagents)
  • Bioinformatics analysis appropriate to the project

The approximate total value of the prize, depending on the size of the project, is up to US $50,000.

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.