New GIGA grant to work in an invertebrate genomics laboratory

New GIGA grant to work in an invertebrate genomics laboratory

Jun 20, 2021 | Calls

The Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA) was formed in 2013 as an international scientific community with the goal of fostering genomic research on invertebrate organisms, by promoting resources and standards that facilitate collaboration between institutions. As part of this goal, in 2015 the European Innovative Training Network Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates (ITN IGNITE) emerged and has obtained funding from the European Horizon 2020 program to train fifteen young researchers in genomics of invertebrate organisms throughout Europe.

With these goals in mind, GIGA-IGNITE offers a special grant in invertebrate genomics (not including insects or nematodes) to work in a European IGNITE laboratory during the period 2021-2022. It can be applied for by master’s or doctoral students who are currently enrolled in a research program, from any country or nationality. Grant funding includes a total of  1,600 € to cover any area of ​​invertebrate genomics research within the IGNITE network (including laboratory, computational, theoretical research, etc.) and also to cover travel and dietary expenses.

In order to apply for this scholarship, the following documents must be send before April 19, 2021:

1) The curriculum vitae of the applicant.

2) An explanation of the project, including the objectives, methodology, intellectual merits, the justification of the IGNITE laboratory where you want to go and how the proposed project fits within the objectives of the GIGA (maximum length: 1,000 words).

3) A budget detailing the total costs and possible co-financing.

4) A justification on the need for funding, detailing how this scholarship will improve the applicant’s search (maximum length: 500 words).

The four documents must be submitted together in a single PDF document by email to Heather Bracken-Grissom ( Both the document name and the mail title must be “COGNOM_GIGA-IGNITE_Fellowship2021”. Optionally, up to two letters of recommendation can be included, which should be sent directly to Heather Bracken-Grissom (

For more information, download the call at the following link.