Event Opportunities

Garden Genomics Tissue Banking Workshop

The Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) is organizing a satellite meeting during the XIX International Botanical Congress, entitled Garden Genomics Tissue Banking Workshop, hosted by the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens on Wednesday 26 July 2017 from 9:00–12:00 at Fairy Lake Botanical Garden in Shenzhen, China.

The workshop will be focused on developing strategies for preparing genomic tissue sample vouchers for long term preservation and research from resources stored in gardens and other living collections. A list of topics that will be covered during the workshop include:

  • Use cases from GGI-Gardens partners: Why partner with GGI-Gardens and how is the GGI-Gardens sampling strategy implemented at partner institutions?

  • What are the benefits to your institution and the global botanic garden community?

  • Information about how we strategically target living collections to ensure effective, distributed sampling across Earth’s plant biodiversity.

  • Information about how we can help facilitate partnerships and pipelines between your institution and recognized herbaria and biorepositories.

Representatives of arboretums, botanical gardens, or other living collections specializing in plants are invited to attend.  RSVP to Morgan Gostel (gostelm [at] si.edu). Space is limited.

Workshop Flyer

Funding Opportunities

2017 GGI Rolling Awards Program

The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) Rolling Awards Program provides funding to Smithsonian-affiliated researchers for projects that support GGI goals of expeditionary research and development of genomic biodiversity science at the SI. Requests up to $30,000 with clear budget justifications will be considered. Smaller proposals to enhance field work and/or acquire genomic collections are especially encouraged. Proposals with a DNA barcoding component may be jointly considered and/or funded by the SI Barcode Network.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds for FY17 are no longer available. Proposals must be submitted at least two months prior to the project start date. Note that this proposal call is separate and distinct from the GGI Peer-Review Awards Program.

For more information, and to apply, visit GGI 2017 Rolling Awards Program - Call for Proposals

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2017 GGBN-GGI Awards Program

The Awards Program sponsored by the Global Genome Initiative provides funding in support of projects that promote the discoverability of new genetic collections through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network’s Data Portal (http://www.ggbn.org/ ). Any institution with non-human genetic resources, to include both current and prospective members, who are pursuing or have achieved GGBN core membership are eligible to apply. Institutions with successful proposals who have not yet joined GGBN must − as a minimum − become an Associate GGBN Member by signing the GGBN MOU prior to the awarding of funds and become a Core GGBN Member upon project completion. The submission deadline for proposals this year is 1 May 2017. The Proposal Review Committee will consider requests for up to $30,000 with clearly articulated budget justifications. All data must be made available online on the GGBN portal before 15 May 2018.

For full program information and to apply, visit: http://wiki.ggbn.org/ggbn/Global_Genome_Biodiversity_Network-Global_Genome_Initiative_Awards_Program

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Fellowship Opportunities

National Museum of Natural History GGI Buck Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowships are two-year fellowships that contribute specifically to the goals of the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) at the National Museum of Natural History and include a 60% time commitment to biodiversity genomic research and 40% commitment to other GGI related activities.  The fellowships are aimed at increasing the capacity for biodiversity genomics at the National Museum of Natural History.

GGI Buck Fellowships are oriented toward contributing research on a topic relating to GGI’s overarching goal, “Preserving and Understanding Earth’s Genomic Biodiversity.” The program aims to leverage question-driven, peer-reviewed research on biodiversity, evolution and ecology in order to accelerate the acquisition, genetic identification, and genomic research on strategically chosen samples of the major lineages of Life.  For more information on GGI activities and goals visit the GGI website at ggi.si.edu. For the complete call with application instructions, visit http://www.smithsonianofi.com/blog/2016/10/17/global-genome-initiative-buck-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/.

The application period for this fellowship opportunity was closed on 15 December 2016. Please check back for additional opportunities.

Internship Opportunities

National Museum of Natural History YES! Program

Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) is a 12-week career immersion internship program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from high schools in the Washington, D.C., region. The YES! program, which runs from June to November, accepts 18 students. During the program students get practical experience through a hands-on science internship with Smithsonian science staff, take exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and field trips, attend creative studio workshops, participate in a college preparatory program, and create an outreach project for communicating science to peers.

This 12 week program is required for all YES! Global Genome Initiative interns.


GGI-Gardens Internship - Summer 2017

Local genome-quality tissue collection and preservation in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area

The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) is a Smithsonian-led international collaboration directed toward collecting and preserving genomic information from global biodiversity. The principle GGI targets are to collect and cryo-preserve genome-quality tissue from specimens representing all families from the major branches of the tree of life and 50% of genera. Toward these targets, GGI–Gardens will emphasize collection and preservation of genomic material from major branches of the plant tree of life (Tracheophyta). To learn more about GGI-Gardens, visit our webpage.

Bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, environmental/life science, or horticulture (or demonstration of equivalent experience).
Minimum of one undergraduate- or graduate-level course in botany, plant science, plant ecology, etc.
Availability 2 days per week.
Ability to work outside for several hours, lift 30 lbs of field equipment, and collect plant specimens from herbs, shrubs, and trees in dense, wooded vegetation.
A valid driver’s license and willingness to drive in and around the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area (less than 50 mi).

Experience with botanical fieldwork.
Research experience in botanical sciences.
Basic knowledge of plant phylogenetics and major groups of the plant tree of life.

The selected, qualified applicant will be trained in the collection of genome-quality tissues from plants in the field and from greenhouses owned and operated by the Smithsonian Institution, the US Botanical Garden, and the US Department of Agriculture. The applicant will receive training for fieldwork and tissue collection using field techniques as well as liquid nitrogen handling. The applicant will also be trained in herbarium specimen filing and mounting, information database software management, and may have opportunities for basic molecular laboratory training.

16 weeks, April – August 2017


Resume or CV, one letter of recommendation, and a two paragraph statement of interest. The first paragraph should describe your background and how your background qualifies you for this internship; in the second paragraph, describe your career interests and how this internship experience will advance these interests.


GGI-Gardens Program Manager, Morgan Gostel, gostelm [AT] si.edu

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