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About The Grant

Structural Variants (SVs) are a hallmark of cancer and genetic diseases. Uncovering SVs in the genome that can lead to improved diagnostics, help inform prognosis, contribute to the discovery of life-saving treatments, and overall improve people’s lives…that’s our mission. And we couldn’t do it without you, and your innovative research!

That’s why we are excited to partner with you, and empower you with our optical genome mapping (OGM) technology, so you can generate new scientific breakthroughs that can revolutionize healthcare.

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Call for Innovative Research with Optical Genome Mapping (OGM). Some Research Areas of Interest:

  • Discovering Novel SVs in the Human Genome
  • Multi-omics
  • Hematological Malignancies
  • Solid Tumors
  • Reproductive Health
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental Delays
  • Rare Disease
  • Complex Disease
  • Cell Therapies
  • Gene Therapies
  • Stem Cells
  • Precision Medicine
  • Gene Editing
  • Spatial Genomics

The Awards

Applications for the Bionano Innovator Research Grant are now closed.

The Grant Prize winners will receive:


A Bionano Saphyr® instrument placement, at your own lab
For up to 12 months1
Reagents enough to run 60 genomes
Value: worth ~$180,000


Each winner will get complimentary data generation for 10 genome samples, at our Bionano Laboratories facility.
Value: worth ~ $11,500 / winner


A team of Bionano medical professionals and scientists will review and judge all submissions. Categories that will be evaluated for selection of winners are:


project has potential to lead to new scientific breakthroughs
project scope is clear, methods well described and technically accurate,
clear delineation of expected types of data outputs
project focus area or application aligned with Bionano’s mission


Five winners will be selected.


The grant program is open to researchers in the clinical genomics space. Priority will be given to research

projects associated with the research areas recommended above.

All Applications must be submitted in English language. One entry per person.

Projects need to involve human sample types compatible with optical genome mapping (OGM):

  • Peripheral blood
  • Bone marrow aspirates
  • Cultured cells
  • Tissue
  • Fresh-frozen solid tumor
  • Cultured amniocytes
  • CVS

Employees and immediate family members of Bionano cannot participate in the contest. This is an
international contest. Submissions to the Awards are accepted from any researcher regardless of age
(minors excepted), gender, country of origin, background or religion. Incomplete submissions or those that
do not meet the requirements will be rejected. This program is void where prohibited by law. Each applicant
or entrant is responsible for confirming that their participation is permitted by their respective University or
organization rules and under the laws or regulations applicable to participant.

1. At the end of the 12-month placement, the award recipient may purchase the Saphyr instrument
at a discounted price based on Bionano’s standard depreciation or may continue to rent
the instrument through Bionano’s reagent rental program.


To enter the contest, complete the application form in the application submission page.

The application form has 3 main parts:

  • Contact and Institution Information
  • Abstract (up to 400 words): description of the project, including goals, samples involved, methods, expected results and potential impact.
  • Supplementary data: use this section to include supplementary files that can help with context, such as figures, list of citations, or PDF from previous publications. A description of files can be added, in up to 200 words.

Only one entry per representative will be considered. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. We will accept submissions received exclusively through the online form and no later than May 6, 2023. The winners will be selected according to the judging process outlined and notified by telephone call or email from Bionano around June 1, 2023.

Prize winners must redeem their prizes within 6 months from award notification.


Winners of the Awards will be notified by telephone call or email from Bionano approximately on June 1, 2023. Any notification returned as undeliverable may result in disqualification. The winning Applicants will be required to execute and return a document verifying eligibility, release of liability, acceptance of the Grant and other related documents requested by Bionano. Each document must be signed and returned to Bionano within 21 days of notification attempt. If an Applicant fails to return these documents by the deadline, the Grant will be forfeited and an alternate recipient will be determined. TAXES, INCLUDING SALES, FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAX, IF ANY, RELATED TO THE AWARD ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GRANT RECIPIENT AND SPONSOR WILL, IF APPLICABLE, ISSUE A 1099-MISC TO THE GRANT RECIPIENT. The Grant is not transferable; no substitutions or cash equivalents are allowed except by Bionano. No responsibility or liability is assumed for damages, losses or injury resulting from acceptance or use of any Grant. All expenses and costs not expressly listed in the Award documents are the Grant recipient’s sole responsibility. By participating, the Applicant and Grant recipient agree to these rules and the Bionano Genomics Terms and Conditions of Sale. The determination of the Grant recipients by Bionano shall be final and binding in all respects. Acceptance of the Grant constitutes permission to use the Grant recipient’s name, and if, he or she has executed a publicity release, information related to the Applicant who entered the program on behalf of the Grant Recipient. Such information may include, but not be limited to, biographical information, likeness and company information without further compensation, except where prohibited by law and as otherwise provided herein. No information regarding judging or selection will be disclosed. The Applicant will have to ensure full transparency within its employer and institution and must fully disclose the support provided by Bionano in all oral or written presentations of the results of the research.

Any personal data will be processed by Bionano in accordance with the applicable data protection laws, as detailed in Bionano Privacy Policy. Personal data of the applicants shall be processed:

  1. To award and settle the Grant and announce the names of the winners pursuant to Art.6.1.b. of the GDPR
  2. To participate in the contest – pursuant to Art. 6.1.f of the GDPR. For all winner(s), Bionano publishes the following information: i) name, ii) name of institution, iii) their activities in relation to the award of the Grant, iv) Grant received.
  3. Applicants hereby irrevocably grant to Bionano: the unrestricted right and permission to copyright, make, reproduce, publish, republish, broadcast and otherwise use photos and recordings of the Grant recipient or in which the Grant recipient may be included intact or in part, composite in character or form, in conjunction with the Grant recipient’s own, or reproduction hereof, made through any and all media now or hereafter known for illustration, art, promotion, advertising, trade, corporate communications, social media or any other purpose whatsoever;
  4. Applicants hereby grant to Bionano the right and permission to the use of any written information (including without limitation, quotations, product, or information) material in connection with the above; provided that the grants above are limited to use related to the Bionano Innovator Grant and Bionano promotional activities. Grant recipient waives any right to examine or approve the completed product or products or the copy or printed matter that may be used in conjunction with the or the use to which it may be applied.

Upon completion of their respective projects, each Grant recipient agrees to participate in one of the following activities relating to the specific project, with specific details of the applicable activity to be mutually agreed upon in good faith by Bionano and the Grant recipient: local seminar, webinar, case study, blog post, or poster presentation. Each Grant recipient agrees that Bionano shall have the right to use de-identified data from the recipient’s project in application notes or marketing literature.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the Bionano Innovator Research Grant program.

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