Opportunity Details


Genome Editing for Crop Improvement

Focus Area: Traits

At Corteva Agriscience™, we are leaders in CRISPR-Cas research for agricultural products, especially for crops including maize, soybean, canola, wheat, and sorghum. Because we believe in the potential of CRISPR-Cas to improve crops, we are dedicated to enabling the broader research community and encouraging wide adoption of CRISPR-Cas in agriculture. By facilitating access to the technology, we intend to help solve some of the world’s biggest food security challenges. 

As part of this effort and our commitment to building strong partnerships, Corteva invites scientists from academic and nonprofit research institutions to submit brief, non-confidential proposals for gene edits that have the potential to improve maize, soybean, canola, wheat, or sorghum.  For selected proposals awards include genome editing vector design and synthesis, seed from gene edited plants of the chosen crop, and an opportunity to engage with our scientists on topics such as gene editing and transformation methods for trait and crop improvement.  Awardees will be expected to perform phenotypic analysis of the edited plants and to share those results with Corteva and the broader research community through scientific publication.  Subsequent collaborative opportunities with Corteva may be available.

At Corteva Agriscience, our goal is to develop effective, sustainable, and durable solutions to agricultural challenges. We invite the research community to join in our efforts to improve crops through CRISPR-Cas gene editing.

Update: Given the unprecedented circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are extending the submission date to 8pm EST May 31, 2020 to allow potential submitters additional time to prepare proposals.

What We Are Seeking

We seek non-confidential proposals that describe the impact of the proposed edits on crop improvement, along with a brief description of the phenotypic analysis of edited plants (guidelines available for download on submission page).  Proposals should include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a project description not to exceed 1,000 words including:

  • Description of proposed edit(s) at the gene level (additional details may be submitted upon selection)
  • Selected crop species for editing - maize (PHR03), soybean (Williams 82), canola (Westar), wheat (Fielder), or sorghum (Tx430) - please explain if your trait requires an alternative variety for editing
  • Type of edit requested (e.g., frameshift, base edit(s), gene deletion, etc.)
  • Potential impact on agriculture including supporting data (figures may be uploaded separately in a single file)
  • Sufficient details to convey phenotypic analysis strategy to demonstrate gene edit effect(s)
  • Supporting citations as applicable

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposed edit’s impact on agriculture, sustainability, and food security.

Download PDF for detailed submission guidelines.

Awarded Submissions

Awarded submissions to receive the following:

  • Genome editing vector design and synthesis
  • Seed transformed with the awardee’s edit of choice for non-commercial, research-only use
  • Molecular characterization data of edited plants
  • Scientific consultation as needed during/after the project

Intellectual property ownership and publication rights for awarded edits to remain with awardees and their home institution. 

Who Should Apply

  • Scientists at universities or nonprofit research institutions with the ability to carry out phenotyping of edited plants
  • To facilitate transfer of seed derived from edited materials, scientists should be located at institutions within the United States or Canada

Program Details

Updated: Submission deadline is 8pm EST May 31, 2020.  Proposals to be evaluated, and submitters notified of their status by July 31, 2020. A Corteva Agriscience Open Innovation representative will contact awardees to provide further details and begin the project.