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Next Generation Sequencing Research Grant Open NOW

Total Grant Value: AU$30,000

We are pleased to announce a grant award to provide library preparation and sequencing for up to 3 NGS projects in Australia or New Zealand.  The grant offers either PCR-free WGS or stLFR long read library for sequencing on the MGISEQ-2000, for up to 5 samples per project. All applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the submission deadline. The grant is a collaborative program between MGI (a division of BGI Group), Decode Science (MGI’s ANZ distributor) and Micromon Genomics (a Monash University sequencing facility). The total value of the grant is $30,000. Call for applications is open NOW and the submission deadline is 30th June 2019.


1. Applicants must hold primary research positions or Postdoctoral positions in Australia or New Zealand. Early career researchers are strongly encouraged to apply. 

2. Applicants may not hold current awards directly related to the proposed research. 

3. If selected, the DNA samples must be extracted and QC'd by the researcher prior to the submission deadline and must meet Micromon’s sample submission requirements.

Submission Details

You may apply on the online application form via here or download the application form at the tab below and submit by email with the subject “NGS Grant Program 2019” to bgi-australia@genomics.cn.

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