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Garden Grants: Funding to grow climate biotech

Garden Grants: Funding to grow climate biotech

Inaugural Garden Grants Program 2024 Cohort

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Ahmed Badran, PhD
The Scripps Research Institute
Anum Glasgow, PhD
Columbia University
Benjamin Scott, PhD
Global Institute for Food Security, University of Saskatchewan
César Ramírez-Sarmiento, PhD
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Jenny Molloy, PhD
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Logan Morton, PhD
Tufts University
Manvitha Ponnapati
Cambridge, MA
Maria Astolfi, PhD
Berkeley, CA
Mijndert van der Spek, PhD
Heriot-Watt University
Nathan Ennist, PhD
University of Washington
Pascal Notin, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Philip Romero, PhD
University of Wisconsin
Pranam Chatterjee, PhD
Duke University
Samuel Thompson, PhD
Stanford University
Shiqiang Gao, PhD
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Sonja Salmon, PhD
North Carolina State University

Program Overview

Building the field of climate biotech requires funding. Garden Grants is our system for accomplishing just that and getting funding in the hands of biotechnologists working on solving planetary-scale problems.

Beyond fast funding, Garden Grants facilitates learning and collaboration by publicly sharing the problems that proposals address while protecting applicants’ novel ideas. Proposals have two parts:

  • The Problem Statement describes the context, significance, and goals of the project. In the spirit of growing knowledge and community, problem statements are made public.
  • The Solution Statement describes the the proposed work to address the Problem Statement. To protect applicants’ ideas, Solution Statements are kept confidential.


Read our detailed article about “What we learned doing Garden Grants.

A Garden to bring ideas to life and discourse into a community.

Why the name?


A garden is a safe place for plants to grow and cross-pollinate. We intend for the Garden Grants to become a safe place for ideas to grow and cross-pollinate.