You Bring Sequencing to Life
Our SMRT Grant Programs support outstanding research projects that advance scientific discovery with long-read sequencing. From the microbiome, to dancing dingoes, disease genes and beyond!
Calling All Scientists
Have an interesting research project that could benefit from Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) Sequencing? Apply for an upcoming SMRT Grant Program to win sequencing from one of our Certified Service Providers.
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2020 SMRT Grant Programs
Mark your calendar and check back for details on each SMRT Grant.
|Research Focus||Grant Opens|
|Plant and Animal Sciences||Open – Apply Now!|
|Microbiology and Infectious Disease||September|
|Human Biomedical Research||October|
|All Research Areas||December|
Grants are offered across the full range of SMRT Sequencing applications.
|Whole Genome Sequencing|
For humans, plants, animals and microbes including de novo assembly and variant detection
Understand variants among bacterial, viral and cancer cell populations
In-depth analysis of cDNA sequences across the entire transcriptome or targeted genes
Detect DNA modifications in your samples while you sequence on the PacBio platform
Study relevant genome targets across any regions of interest
Don’t want to wait to win a SMRT Grant to get started with highly accurate long-read sequencing? Connect with a PacBio scientist for a free project consultation.
Past SMRT Grant Programs and Winners
2019 SMRT Grant Programs
|2019 HiFi for All SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by Georgia Genomics and Bioinformatics Core, Earlham Institute, and DNA Link, Inc.|
We are please to announce the three winners of this SMRT Grant:
Read our blog post to learn more about these exciting projects.
|2019 Human Genetics SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by the HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center|
Awarded to Tychele Turner of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine for her project to address the mysteries of autism with HiFi sequencing. Read blog post.
2019 Neuroscience SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by the University of Liverpool Centre for Genomic Research
Awarded to Cleo van Diemen at the University Medical Center Groningen for her project to find new genetic mechanisms associated with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). Read blog post.
2019 Targeted Sequencing SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by McDonnell Genome Institute
Awarded to Stéphanie Tomé of the Centre de Recherche en Myologie at Sorbonne Université/INSERM for her project to determine the size of repeat expansions in myotonic dystrophy type 1. Read blog post.
2019 RNA Sequencing SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by Icahn Institute for Data Science and Genomic Technology at Mount Sinai
Awarded to Christopher Cogle of the University of Florida for his project “Inhibiting Splicing Repression as a New Therapeutic Strategy in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.” Read blog post.
|2019 Metagenomics SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by Maryland Genomics at the Institute for Genome Sciences|
Awarded to Joe Taylor of the University of Salford for his project to explore microbial communities in the rain forests of Borneo. Read blog post.
|2019 Plant and Animal Sciences SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by Histogenetics|
Awarded to Susannah Sample of University of Wisconsin-Madison for her project to sequence the genome of German Shepherds. Read blog post.
2018 SMRT Grant Programs
|2018 Plant and Animal Sciences SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by University of Delaware Sequencing & Genotyping Center|
Awarded to Shawn Trojahn and Joanna Kelley of Washington State University for their project entitled “Identifying Transcript Isoforms in Grizzly Bears with Human Therapeutic Value.” Read blog post
2018 Plant and Animal SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by GENEWIZ
Awarded to Arne Nolte of the University of Oldenburg and Fritz Sedlazeck of Baylor College of Medicine for their project to assemble the genome of the European cavefish. Learn more about this project
|2018 Structural Variation SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Genomics Center|
Awarded to Kristen Sund of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for her project “Unsolved Mysteries: Sequencing to Solve Neurologic Disease with Structural Rearrangements.” Read blog post
2018 Iso-Seq SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by RTL Genomics
Awarded to Xiaochang Zhang of the University of Chicago for his project “Uncovering mRNA Splicing Diversity in Cerebral Cortex Development.” Read blog post
|2018 Microbial Genomics SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by University of Maryland’s Genomics Resource Center|
Awarded to Mark Webber of Quadram Institute for his proposal to study preventing infection for premmies. Read blog post
2017 SMRT Grant Programs
|2017 Plant and Animal SMRT Grant Program|
Awarded to Bill Ballard of University of New South Wales and Claire Wade of the University of Sydney for their Dancing with Dingoes project. Learn more about this project
|2017 Structural Variant SMRT Grant Program – co-sponsored by GENEWIZ|
Awarded to Stephen Scherer of The Centre for Applied Genomics at The Hospital for Sick Children for his project “Using Low-Coverage PacBio SMRT Sequencing to Find Structural Variation Mutations in Autism Families with Multiple Affected Individuals.” Read blog post
2017 Cancer SMRT Grant Program
Awarded to Andrew Ludlow of the University of Michigan for his proposal to investigate the splicing of transcripts regulated by the oncogene NOVA1. Read blog post
|2017 Microbial SMRT Grant Program|
Awarded to Alexander Shumaker of Rutgers University for his research on the coral microbiome. Read blog post