OpenPlant is a collaborative initiative between the University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich. The initiative promotes interdisciplinary exchange, open technologies for innovation and responsible innovation for sustainable agriculture and conservation.


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The OpenPlant Fund supports innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant Synthetic Biology over 2015-19. Around 20 six-month projects per year will receive £4k each, with an additional £1k awarded on completion for follow-on and outreach.

The aim of the fund is to promote the development of plant Synthetic Biology as an interdisciplinary field and to facilitate exchange between The University of Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory for the development of open technologies and responsible innovation in the context of Synthetic Biology.

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The studentships will run alongside the University’s Doctoral Training Programme (DTP), which includes training in statistics and Systems biology (SysMIC), and two rotation projects in OpenPlant labs in the first year. The final three years will be spent in an OpenPlant lab working on a project related to plant synthetic biology. See below for some examples of potential projects.

Starting in October, the studentships will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,057 per annum for 2015-2016), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for four years. UK and EEA students who meet the UK residency requirements are eligible.

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