GBCF & 10X Genomics Visium Spatial Gene Expression Grant Program

10x Genomics and Notre Dame Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility are Sponsoring a Grant Program for Innovative Investigators at Notre Dame


We are pleased to announce the 10x Genomics Visium Spatial Gene Expression Grant Program. This award covers library preparation and bioinformatic support for a pilot project using the Visium application from 10x Genomics.

Uncover the “Where” for every “What” when you map the location of gene expression in tissue

The relationship between cells and their relative locations within a tissue sample can be critical to understanding disease pathology. Visium is a groundbreaking spatial transcriptomics technology that allows scientists to measure all the gene activity in a tissue section and map where the activity is occurring. Already, this technology is leading to new discoveries that will prove instrumental in helping scientists gain a better understanding of biological processes and disease, but we want to hear from you. Share your ideas on how impactful and useful this technology will be in excelling your scientific research.

Challenge Details

Submit an abstract (maximum of 300 words) proposing a project that uses the Visium Spatial Gene Expression Solution. This solution provides an unbiased, whole transcriptome approach to layering gene expression data onto tissue morphology validated on FFPE and fresh-frozen tissue samples. Please specify the question you are hoping to answer, how this technology will help you, the sample types used, the number of tissue sections (max 4) being studied, and how the results will inform your future studies. A 10x Genomics committee will review and select the winner based on research creativity, scientific impact, and innovation.

Notre Dame Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility will process the selected winner’s samples through the Visium Spatial Gene Expression assay workflow, sequence, and provide data analysis.

The winner will be selected and will be awarded 4-reaction Visium Spatial Gene Expression solution kit (as specified in the grant program application) and Illumina sequencing from Illumina, along with library preparation and bioinformatic support from Notre Dame Genomics & Bioinformatics Core Facility. Support provided by the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging and Histology Core (NDIIF) for slide preparation.

Applicants must hold primary research positions and must be planning to submit a grant application to support a broader research aim for which they need pilot data. Applicants may not hold current awards directly related to the proposed research.

Abstract submissions will be accepted starting August 30, 2021 and ending September 20, 2021.



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