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Participation in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition and Giant Jamboree 2024

Call opens
16 February 2024
Call closes
27 March 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
April 2024
Recurring calls
Expected 2025


The Novo Nordisk Foundation supports participation of teams in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition and the Giant Jamboree for students at relevant Danish universities during 2020-2027. The purpose is to strengthen education programs within synthetic biology and genetic engineering and to contribute to the internationalization of Danish university programs.

About the grants


Up to DKK 200,000 per grant



Research area focus

Biotechnology-based Synthesis and Production


For grant inquiries
Camilla Stensgaard Andersson
Grant Manager
[email protected]

About iGEM (see official website for more information)

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This is done by fostering an open, cooperative community, and friendly competition.

iGEM’s biggest program is the iGEM Competition. The iGEM Competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Made up of primarily university students, multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test, and measure a system of their own design using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques.

Every year nearly 6,000 people dedicate their summer to iGEM and then come together in the fall to present their work and compete at the annual Giant Jamboree.

Deadlines for registration: please see official website


The competition is aimed at university students within technology, biotechnology and natural sciences. The Danish universities offering courses within genetic engineering and synthetic biology are responsible for selecting iGEM teams to be supported by funding from the Foundation. Each university can nominate one team to the Foundation per year.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation supports iGEM teams annually with up to DKK 200,000 per university for expenses related to participation in the iGEM competition and the Giant Jamboree.

Application process

The application must be submitted as a single PDF file to the Novo Nordisk Foundation; Grant Manager, Camilla Stensgaard Andersson, [email protected]

The application must include:

  • letter of support from the university’s dean or department head
  • a brief presentation of the iGEM team
  • a project description (1-2 pages)
  • a budget overview, see template

Deadline: 27 March 2024

Applicants will be notified shortly after the deadline.

Applicants should be aware of the General Conditions for grant recipients.