Illumina is dedicated to making tangible contributions to the agricultural community, with the goal of reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. We are committed to enabling groundbreaking research that will result in increased sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density of agricultural species.
Through the Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative, we are collaborating with the agricultural community to support research into enabling a more sustainable, nutritious food supply. The grant program is designed to help identify measures that can increase crop yields and improve livestock welfare and productivity to alleviate poverty and hunger in the developing world.
Applications for the 2024 Agricultural Greater Good Initiative grant is currently being accepted. The deadline for all 2024 applications is September 30, 2023.
The Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative grants launched in 2011, and are awarded annually. This program spurs critically needed research that will increase the sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density of agriculturally important crop and livestock species. Grant recipients receive donations of Illumina products to support their projects.
The Grand Prize winner will receive up to $350,000 of in-kind consumables and/or services at list price value on up to 1000 samples of your choice. The winner will be announced during the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference in January 2024.
This initiative recognizes researchers in the agricultural community using Illumina technology to help alleviate global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.Watch Video
The grant program is open to basic researchers in Agrigenomics at academic, for profit, or nonprofit institutions. Priority will be given to research that increases sustainability, productivity, and nutritional density of the world’s food supply.
In 400 words or less, provide an overview, a statement of work, and a description of the impact of your research. You may also include up to three figures, with legends, and a list of citations (with 200 word count limit).
In these sections, applicants should include:
To be considered, all entries must:
A team of Illumina scientists and executives will judge all submissions. Each submission will be judged based on our view of how well the entry reflects scientific merit, innovation, and fit with the values of the Illumina Agricultural Greater Good Initiative.
Brazilian Consortium for Phycogenomics at SENAI CETIQT in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr Scott Fahrenkrug, Rodrigo Cano, and their collaborators will use genomic and transcriptomic data collected from Kappaphycus alvarezii, a commonly cultivated type of seaweed, to understand how various environmental factors influence its growth and ability to synthesize useful biomolecules. Insights from these studies will aid in the development of new cultivars, inform management strategies for sustainable seaweed production, protect genetic diversity, and support seaweed farmers worldwide.Read Article
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Molecular geneticist Dr. Ranjana Bhattacharjee, of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, will work in generating DNA sequencing data on yam diversity to accelerate breeding programs in West Africa for the benefit of food security in low-income communities.Read Article
University of Goettingen, Institute of Veterinary Medicine
The International Mungbean Improvement Network led by the World Vegetable Center
This network is serving ~10 million smallholder farmers by improving crop yield and overcoming challenges from diseases and pests. Mungbean is a short-duration legume crop that can be grown in cultivation windows between major crops such as wheat, rice, sorghum, and sugarcane. It delivers an additional protein-rich food source in the region and additional income for farmers.Read Article
University Bari, Italy and International Camel Consortium for Genetic Improvement and Conservation (ICC-GIC)
National University of Rosario's Aquatic Biotechnology Laboratory, Santa Fe, Argentina
North Carolina State University, Department of Horticulture
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
University of California Davis, African Orphan Crops Consortium
The African Orphan Crops Consortium is using genomics to advance the breeding process for orphan crop plant species, with a mission to curb malnutrition in African children.
In 2017, Illumina donated a HiSeq 4000 System to the African Orphan Crops Consortium to help the organization complete its crop sequencing project. Members of the consortium hope that their work will help to improve the food supply and nourish families in need.
University of California at Riverside
Iowa State University, Global Food Security Consortium
Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI Hub)