announcing: our sponsorship

for igem 2020 teams

Conservation needs innovation and synthetic biology can help. Your next-generation ideas could help save wildlife and ecosystems. We are now accepting team proposals. What is your iGEM 2020 team capable of? Revive & Restore asks you to think alternatively and think big!

OUR CHALLENGE

BIODIVERSITY NEEDS SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Revive & Restore was founded with the mission to enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species. What began in 2012 as a rousing idea to use modern gene editing techniques to bring back extinct species has grown to encompass a new genetic rescue toolkit for conservation. Thankfully, rapid advances in synthetic biology and biotech provide hope for conservation breakthroughs, biodiversity, and our planet.

YOUR IGEM TEAM CAN HELP

You’re invited to join our pursuit of biotech conservation innovations. There are many ways synthetic biology can create tools for conservation. In the span of the iGEM year, what will your team be capable of? Could you create a synthetic horseshoe crab bait for fisheries? Generate pollutant remediating microbes? Use fish stem cells to make organoid chips for functional genomics testing? Develop a pathway to genetic bio-controls of sea urchins? What about using CRISPR/Cas9 for DNA-extraction-free monitoring of invasive species? These are just a few examples. Pick any problem in conservation that you would like to solve. It’s up to you!

The formidable crowd at iGEM Giant Jamboree 2019.       Photos courtesy iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight.

Lead Scientist Ben Novak at the Revive & Restore booth.

A winning iGEM 2019 team. 

SPONSORSHIP AND SUBMISSION DETAILS

ONE REQUIREMENT

Your project must be focused on solving a problem in conservation. Use a creative, ambitious goal to develop the first small, scientific steps to get there. If you met us at iGEM 2019, you might remember that Recombinant Factor C (rFC), an alternative to horseshoe crab-derived Limulus amebocyte lysate, started just by cloning a gene into a plasmid. Now it could save a species. Learn more about the horseshoe crab and rFC here.

OPEN TO ANY TRACK

Is your team a good fit for a Revive & Restore? Probably! While the Environment track is the most obvious choice for conservation, we are open to all tracks—as long as your project solves a problem for conservation. For example, a Food and Nutrition team might have a great idea for controlling an invasive weed. While this could be used in agriculture, to qualify for our sponsorship, your project would need to benefit a native plant and/or animal species. If there is a benefit to conservation, we’d love to hear from you.

THE SPONSORSHIP

Revive & Restore will pay the $5,500 iGEM registration fee for up to 12 teams. We’ll be at iGEM 2020 and happy to meet you.

EARLY PRIORITY

Submissions will be reviewed, and either accepted or rejected, as they arrive. In other words, apply sooner than later!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Teams will be contacted by email, as well as announced here on Friday, February 28 and Friday, March 27.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO [email protected]

Email your team project proposal—please, no longer than 1,000 words—to [email protected].

DEADLINE

Proposals are being accepted from now until Friday, March 20, 2020.

STAY IN TOUCH

Revive & Restore will announce more about our 2020 iGEM challenge throughout the year. Add your email now to receive updates!