ANNOUNCING: WILD GENOMES

A NEW SEQUENCING & BIOBANKING FUND FOR TERRESTRIAL & MARINE SPECIES

Revive & Restore is pleased to announce Wild Genomes—a funding opportunity first launched in May 2020 for conservationists interested in applying genomic insight to the protection and management of wildlife. Wild Genomes is designed to accelerate the genomic sequencing and biobanking of species that have a clear conservation need. Through this program, we aim to put the fundamental tools of genetic rescue directly into the hands of those who manage wildlife.

Wild Genomes projects are evaluated on the following:

    • Timeliness and urgency of the species (i.e., whether the species at risk)
    • The ecological role of the species (i.e., a keystone species)
    • The ecosystem services the species is able to provide
    • How the resultant data can be applied to affect positive conservation outcomes

Please note: We are not taking any proposals at this time

    • Round 1 proposals were received from May 1 to June 1, 2020.
    • We will select and announce Round 1 projects in the coming weeks.
    • We plan to open up another round of proposals later this year.

“Collection” by Isabella Kirkland, a 3’x4′ oil painting of over 50 wild species compromised by past collection from the wild.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: How many Wild Genomes projects will be funded?  A: Revive & Restore anticipates multiple awards from this first round of funding. The number of funded projects will depend on the quality of proposals and the availability of funds.

Q: Will there be other opportunities to apply to Wild Genomes? A: We anticipate opening Wild Genomes again towards the end of 2020. Additional calls for proposals will depend on the availability of funding and the level of interest from the research/conservation community.

Q: How much funding can be requested for each Wild Genomes project? A: The budgets will vary between projects due to differences in the costs of sample collection, the variety of genome sizes, and the conservation application being addressed. Proposed budgets should reflect a realistic estimate of costs required to complete the proposed Wild Genomes project on the proposed schedule.

Q: How long can Wild Genomes projects run? A: Project timelines will vary by specific application, but generally Wild Genomes projects should be between 12 and 24 months in duration.

Q: How much funding is available for Wild Genomes? A: Revive & Restore has reserved $1.2M in funding for Wild Genomes, which is to be awarded over the next 2 years.

Q: Are non-US teams eligible for funding? A: Yes. We welcome proposals from non-US teams.

Q: Does this program fund teams to generate the reference genome themselves? A: If your team has the expertise required, this funding can be used to support the assembly of the reference genome in your lab (or at core facilities at your university, for example). For teams without access to this expertise, funding can be used to support the assembly of the reference genome by a Revive & Restore commercial partner.  

Q: What is the intellectual property arrangement? A: Revive & Restore will make no claims on intellectual property, data rights, or tissue samples resulting from Wild Genomes funding. However, we do require that the resultant scientific knowledge, data, and tissue samples be made freely available for legitimate future research purposes. In most cases, the principal investigator will control the resources stored in the public databanks and will evaluate any requests for access. Revive & Restore will not retain any legal authority over access to materials created through Wild Genomes.

Q: Does Wild Genomes fund whole genome resequencing of multiple individuals or just single individuals? A: Wild Genomes will fund whole genome resequencing of multiple individuals to the degree justified by the proposed conservation application.

Q: Does the proposed species need to be listed as endangered or extinct on the IUCN Red List? A: No, IUCN status is not a factor in project selection. We are interested in projects for species of any IUCN status with conservation need that genomics can enable.