Biomaker call for proposals - up to £3000 for open, interdisciplinary projects

Hi All

A funding opportunity you might be interested in below!
You will need a collaborator in Cambridge or Norwich in the UK. Please contact Alex Ting on the email address in the info below, I am also happy to help connect you.


OpenPlant Biomaker is a five-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to (i) build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology or (ii) develop a biological resource or outreach project with up to £3000 support. Up to 30 grants will be awarded.

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This challenge is a great opportunity to learn new skills, collaborate with an interdisciplinary community and, in a short amount of time, develop tools and resources that are useful for real-world applications. Tools and resources developed during the Biomaker Challenge must be openly documented and made freely available.

Whether you are a biologist, engineer, physical scientist, entrepreneur, maker, or just curious and interested to participate, we’re keen to hear from you!

Primary applicants should be student or staff at the University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre or Earlham institute, but external team members are welcome and encouraged. If you have an idea for a project and are looking for collaborators, post on our Hackster discussion page and we’ll help match people and projects

A summary of the important dates

  • Call opens: Monday 8 April 2019

  • Info/Mixer event: Thursday 25 April 2019, Panton Arms, Cambridge (RSVP via Meetup)

  • Call closes: Monday 13 May 2019

  • Challenge begins: Friday 24 May 2019

  • Progress reports and presentations: Monday 29 July 2019 (OpenPlant Forum)

  • Challenge closes/ Open Technology Workshop: Saturday 26 October 2019


Please email with any questions