Industry Engagement Program (IEP)
The vast majority of JGI’s over 1,400 Users come from the public sector – academic and government institutions. As such, the capabilities and expertise of JGI are largely unknown and underutilized by industry. With the arrival of new JGI Director Nigel Mouncey with 20 years experience in industry, an opportunity emerged to expand JGI’s portfolio of user companies by establishing an Industry Engagement Program (IEP). Through the IEP, strategic outreach efforts are targeting companies and other institutions without any prior JGI collaborations. To jumpstart the activities of the IEP, JGI has formed a Business Development Team consisting of Director Mouncey, User Program Deputy Susannah Tringe, Project Management Office lead Tootie Tatum, Senior Manager of Communications & Outreach David Gilbert, and will draw the expertise of Genomics Technologies Deputy Len Pennacchio, as needed. The IEP will enable industry engagement through three primary routes: the Community Science Program call as well as less-explored mechanisms of Strategic Partnership Projects (SPP) and Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA), see below. The Business Development Team works closely with Berkeley Lab’s Innovation and Partnerships Office to facilitate these new interactions.
Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs)
SPPs enable research funded by an Industry partner to perform a defined scope of work using JGI’s unique facilities, equipment, and personnel. Sponsor may elect to obtain the entire right, title and interest to any intellectual property generated under the agreement.
Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs)
CRADAs enable research jointly sponsored by the Berkeley Lab and one or more partners for shared benefit. Industry partners can retain rights to their own inventions and have the first right to license Lab inventions generated through the CRADA.
For additional information about these partnering mechanisms, visit Berkeley Lab’s Innovation and Partnership Office (IPO) and read the Guide to Partnering with DOE’s National Laboratories, or contact Tootie Tatum, Project Management Office Group Lead.
Emerging Technologies Opportunity Program (ETOP)
The ETOP identifies and funds partnerships to develop new technical capabilities that could be provided to JGI users. Projects targeted for 2018 include development of methods for rapid prototyping of gene and pathway function targeting organisms found in natural environments:
- High-throughput cell-based systems for biological and metabolic characterization
- Cell-free technologies that enable scaleable in vitro gene and pathway functional analyses
- Sensor-based technologies, biological or non-biological, that enable in vivo reporting of metabolic activity and/or activity-based cell sorting
Deadline for letters of intent submission was August 30, 2017. For more information, check out the solicitation.
Biological and Environmental Research Support Science (BERSS):
This program supports sequencing requests from PIs with DOE BER-supported research. Proposals may be submitted at any time.
Visiting Scientist Program
The DOE Joint Genome Institute Visiting Scientist Program (VSP) provides an opportunity for faculty-level scientists who are seeking to build upon their line of scientific inquiry by leveraging JGI experimental, computational, and personnel resources for genomic research and sequence-based science. Projects include de novo generation of genome data, assistance in interpreting and/or building on an existing data set, or the refining of new technology (e.g., single-cell genomics; metagenomics, etc.). Length of stay depends on complexity of the project being considered and availability of data and other resources. Investigators, post docs, and graduate students participating in approved JGI User Projects are also invited to apply for on-site access to JGI resources and capabilities. For more information, contact Susannah Tringe, JGI Deputy for User Programs.