Current Opportunities

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Explore our current grants and collaboration opportunities.
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Innovation for Disease Resistance

Focus Area: Traits

Each year, plant diseases cause an estimated 40% yield loss worldwide in the most important food crops.  Our goal at DuPont Pioneer is to develop robust, sustainable and durable solutions to crop disease problems. Our strategy relies on an integrated approach to disease control:  stacking native disease traits with transgenic traits; applying CRISPR-Cas genome editing technologies to accelerate development of resistant plant lines; combining genetic solutions with chemical and/or biological products for comprehensive control.  We invite public and private sector scientists to join in our efforts with innovative approaches that will help tackle and find solutions to the most important global crop diseases.

Who Should Apply

Scientists in the public and private sector

Amount Awarded

$5,000 to $50,000

Submission Date

This submission is now closed

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Enhancing Genome Editing Using Repair Templates

Focus Area: Enabling Technologies

We are interested in developing partnerships with outstanding academic scientists to pursue advancements in template-based CRISPR-Cas genome editing. Homology directed repair (HDR) approaches enable defined sequence changes and insertions by utilizing donor templates to instruct cellular repair of a CRISPR-Cas induced break of genomic DNA. Achieving HDR in plants requires generating and screening hundreds of plants with success rates varying among experiments. To help realize the potential of genome editing we recognize the need to support innovation with monetary grants, access to leading-edge technologies, and knowledgeable collaborators.

Who Should Apply

Scientists in the public and private sector

Amount Awarded

$5,000 to $50,000

Submission Date

This submission is now closed

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Challenges

Challenges are being managed by InnoCentive.

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Cluster Analysis

Focus Area: Enabling Technologies

Modern biology and advanced breeding technologies generate large amounts of data which have to be analyzed through the use of reliable automated methods. We are looking for individuals capable of developing and implementing algorithms which will automate the classification of scatterplots that have been previously clustered and obviate the need for human review.  We will reward solutions which resolve the task with 95 percent accuracy, but prefer solutions that approach 99.5 percent accuracy.

Who Should Apply

Scientists in the public and private sector

Amount Awarded

$30,000

Submission Date

This submission is now closed

Learn more at InnoCentive

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