Homeworld Collective is funding ambitious, early-stage projects at the translational intersection of protein engineering and sustainability.
For this cycle of Garden Grants, they aim to fund the de-risking work for ambitious ideas addressing important problems at the translational intersection of protein engineering and sustainability. The proposed work should be the first step on a novel path, not an incremental next step on an existing path.
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 proposed work to address the Problem Statement. To protect applicants’ ideas, Solution Statements are kept confidential.
They invite you to either submit your own original Problem and Solution Statements, or apply with Solution Statements to pre-written Problem Statements from the Problem Statement Repository.
Proposals also include a timeline of milestones, a high-level budget, and team bios.
- They can provide $20k to $200k.
- They DO consider the amount requested during review; all else equal, projects that require less funding will be favored.
Who can apply?
- In short, anybody but for-profit companies.
- Anyone at a university or non-profit institution can apply: they encourage students and post-docs to be the lead applicants.
- They welcome applications from any country.
- There is no requisite credential or academic affiliation: all that matters is the quality of your idea, the clarity by which you describe your first efforts to bring it to life, and the evidence you provide for your ability succeed in your endeavor.
- Because this funding comes from philanthropy, it is very difficult to fund for-profit companies so they are opting to exclude them.
For more information, visit Homeworld Collective.