SMRT Leiden Genome Assembly Grant

The SMRT Leiden Grant powered by DNAnexus and in partnership with PacBio funds free de novo assembly services on PacBio SMRT Sequencing data for the most unique plant or animal genome


In partnership with PacBio, the SMRT Leiden Grant powered by DNAnexus, will grant free reference-quality assembly services on PacBio SMRT Sequencing data for the most unique plant or animal genome and its direct contribution to the scientific community.

To enter, submit a 250-word proposal including a short description of your particular plant or animal genome, (up to 1.5 Gbp in size), and how its sequencing and de novo assembly would benefit the larger scientific community. The deadline for submission is 6th of July at 5:00pm EDT, and the winner will be announced the week of July 9th.

Benefits of DNAnexus De Novo Assembly

Requiring massive computational resources to assemble reads or run structural variation detection across datasets, genome assembly is made even more challenging due to high levels of genetic diversity, repetitive elements, and duplicated genomic regions. Our bioinformatics expertise and computational power enable the delivery of high quality results, leveraging genome data and tools in a collaborative and secure ecosystem.

Fast, Refined, & Tailored

De Novo assembly in less than two weeks; Easily incorporate additional technologies to improve genome assembly and add additional bioinformatics tools (e.g. structural variant callers).


All data and results reside in our compliant and independently certified platform.

Cost-Efficient & Experienced

Save time, compute, and data handling resources; Technical expertise working with complex genomes (e.g. high ploidy, heterozygosity, and/or high repeats).


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