GenoPitch Technology Awards
The UMN’s fastest grant application process!
Started in 2016, the GenoPitch Technology Awards have provided over $20,000 to UMN researchers to support genomic projects. Provided by a generous donation from the The Sabes Fund for Genomics, we give four awards a year – two in the fall and two in the spring – to be used towards any type of experimental approach that’s supported by a technology at the Genomics Center: real-time PCR, microarrays, single-cell sequencing, long-read or short-read sequencing, droplet digital PCR, etc.
The GenoPitch Grant Process:
- identify an experiment that would make good use of our genomic technologies
- register and submit a two-page research proposal for the qualifying round
- attend GenoFling 2019 on Friday, April 19th
- create 5 slides and speak for five minutes in the final round
- compete to win $2,500 in UMGC genomics services
Our spring GenoPitch competition will be “Shark Tank”” style at GenoFling on Friday, April 19th. Eligible UMN scientists will give a five-minute long, five-slide pitch to an audience of their peers for a chance to win one of two $2,500 technology awards for the Genomics Center. Pitches are unrestricted with respect to technology – you may use any of the technologies offered by the UMGC. Please explore our web-site for our full portfolio of technologies and services.
Fall 2018 Winners
Paridhi Agrawal | Graduate Student in Kevin Dorfman’s Lab
Microfluidic long DNA sample preparation from cells
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department
Technology: Oxford Nanopore GridION Sequencing
Dr. Yusuke Minato | Researcher in Tony Baughn’s Lab
Screening of novel antimicrobial peptides using Next-Generation Sequencing based population tracking technology
Microbiology and Immunology Department
Technology: Illumina High-throughput Sequencing
The GenoPitch competition will take place in two rounds this spring: 1) the written-proposal qualifying round and 2) the GenoPitch “Shark Tank”” style final round at GenoFling. The two-page written proposal will allow for fair, standardized judging of the many anticipated GenoPitches and to identify six exceptional genomic ideas to be presented for the final round at GenoFling.
Monday, March 4th 2019 (8:00 AM):Competition opens and proposals can be submitted.
Tuesday, April 9th 2019 (5:00 PM):Competition closes. Late proposals will not be accepted.
Friday, April 12th 2019 (2:00 PM):The top six proposals, as decided by the qualifying round judges, will be announced on our website, and those advancing to the final round will be notified via email. Finalists must be registered for GenoFling to be eligible for the competition and awards.
Friday, April 19th 2019 (9:00 AM):The GenoPitch finalists’ competition will take place at GenoFling in front of an audience of UMN researchers and the UMGC judges. Two winners will be announced on stage later in the afternoon.
Audience Choice Award: $2,500
Judges’ Choice Award: $2,500
The competition is open to University of Minnesota graduate students, postdocs, and PIs who have not previously won a GenoPitch award. Graduate students must have a professor or faculty advisor who will serve as a mentor for their project. Eligible projects must have a timeline that will have samples submitted to the UMGC within six months from the award date.
REGISTER and SUBMIT your proposal: REGISTER and SUBMIT your proposal: Anyone interested in participating in the competition must register by completing the Qualtrics Form and by uploading their two-page GenoPitch proposal by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 9th. There is no entry fee to participate, but only one entry/proposal per person.
Still have questions? Please contact us.
Written-Proposal Qualifying Round Rules – Six Finalists Selected
Qualifying round proposals have a strict limit of two pages. Proposals should include:
Official submission is by uploading a pdf of your two-page proposal to the online Qualtrics Form by April 9th with a 5:00 PM deadline.
Judges will consistent of 4-6 Ph.D. level UMGC scientists and additional management staff. Proposals will be judged on four criteria based on your experimental idea, scientific approach, significance to your field, and project timeline.
After the end of the qualifying round, judges will choose six finalists to give a five-minute presentation on their qualifying proposal at GenoFling on April 19th.
Finalists will be announced on our website on April 12th and notified via email. Finalists must be registered for GenoFling to be eligible for the competition and awards.
- Background and significance
- Objective(s) and any preliminary data if any.
- Methodology and approach with details on UMGC technology and tentative sequence and timeline.
- Project budget based on pricing posted on our web-site, noting costs the researcher will cover if budget exceeds $2,500.
- Deliverables and where will you go once you have the data from this project?
GenoPitch Final Round Rules – 2 Winners
- Presentation must be in the form of a PowerPoint and is limited to five slides.
- The five slides are due to Shea Anderson at email@example.com by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, April 17th.
- Final round pitches have a strict time limit of five minutes, after which a time will notify the speaker that her or his time is up.
- Only one presenter can give the GenoPitch.
- Final round pitches are judged by both the audience and the UMGC with a chance to win in either of the two award categories:
Pitches can only win one of the two $2,500 awards. If the audience-judged and the UMGC-judged should select the same pitch, the pitch will be awarded the Audience Choice Award and the second highest voted pitch from the UMGC-judged category will win the Judges Choice Award.
The two winners will be announced on stage by Kenny Beckman during GenoFest.
- Audience-judged and voting will take place by ballot at the end of the last GenoPitch.
- UMGC-judged by a group of judges from the qualifying round to see how well the pitch goes from paper to presentation.
- Winners will be photographed at GenoFling and posted on our web-site and social media.
- Winners may be asked to speak or have at poster at future GenoFling or GenoFest (fall) seminars or asked for updates on their project results for GenoPitch promotional purposes.
Samples must be submitted to the UMGC within six months (October 21st, 2019) for the technology outlined in their proposal – switching kits or instruments within the same technology is fine; changing technologies is not allowed (i.e. moving from GBS to the Allegro kit is fine but changing from GBS to the 10X single-cell platform is not). All changes are subject to UMGC approval.
- GenoPitch awards from the GenoFling 2019 spring seminar must be spent within 18 months (October 2020).
- Project manager and contact person for the GenoPitch awards is Shea Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further clarification on any of these rules, please contact us