Apply for a Sequencing Grant

Sequencing grants now available.


  1. Register: Make sure your sequencing project is registered  (if not, learn how to start and register a new sequencing project).
  2. Survey: Fill out a Sequencing Project Update and Leader Survey. A survey must be submitted before an application will be considered. If you filled out the survey in July or since, go to next step.
  3. Apply via the online short Sequencing Grant Application form.

    - Successful applicants will be notified by email. You will be asked to order the free Grant Package (tubes and field data slips) in the FunDiS Shop.

    - FunDiS will continue to award grants as funds allow.


Grant criteria

Higher priority will be given to

    • Projects that have already successfully sequenced specimens and vouchered them in a fungarium.
    • Projects that have never received a FunDiS grant before (either first or second leader).
    • Projects whose leaders volunteer for FunDiS.
    • Projects in undercollected areas (threatened habitats, remote regions).
    • Projects in regions not covered by another FunDiS project.
    • Projects that have secured collecting permits in national or state parks or other protected areas.
    • Projects with mycologists or parataxonomists who are helping the project.
    • Club or group projects that engage multiple people, especially newcomers.
    • Consolidated projects (statewide or regional) that share knowledge and other resources.


Lower priority will be given to

    • Individual projects in geographic areas with an active team or club project.
    • Multiple projects in clubs, parks or classrooms that have existing projects (unless the area is especially large, like a state or region).
    • Project leaders who have received two or more grants before.

    • Grants are not available for academic or government research.


Number of sequences per grant

  • Number of sequences awarded depends on criteria above and responses to the Project Update and Leader Survey.
  • Projects without prior grants or demonstrable expertise will be awarded 5 or 15 sequences. 
  • Projects with more experienced leaders, good track records on prior NAMP/FunDiS grants, and/or more engagement by a club, a mycologist or parataxonomist may be awarded more sequences (30 or in rare cases 50).


Path to successive grants

For 2020 grants

      • First time grants of 5 sequences - Start gently and keep going!
        • Projects that receive 5 sequences and submit samples for sequencing may apply to receive an additional 15 sequences, providing the first batch is received by December 15, 2020 and the project followed protocols.
  • Grants of 15, 30 or 50 sequences will be awarded to projects which have shown success in prior project documenting, sequencing and vouchering activities.

For projects with grants awarded in 2018-2019

    • Projects with previous grants that have submitted specimens for sequencing may apply for new 2020 grants. 
    • Projects with previous grants that have NOT yet submitted specimens for sequencing may apply but any new grant awarded will become active as soon as specimens are received if before the original grant’s expiration date.

Successfully completed grants

  • We consider grants compete when all samples are received by our Sequence Coordinator before your grant’s expiration date.


Expiration dates for grants

  • For grants of 5 sequences awarded in 2020, specimens must be received for sequencing by January 31, 2021; otherwise the grant will be reallocated to another project. 
  • For grants of 15 or more sequences September 2020, specimens must be received for sequencing by August 31, 2021; otherwise the grant will be reallocated to another project.
  • Grants that were awarded in 2018 or 2019: specimens must be received for sequencing by December 31, 2020; otherwise the grant will be reallocated to another project.

Our next FunDiS grant cycle is expected in February 2021

eep collecting, drying and documenting! See Other Funding Options to discover ways to increase the number of collections your project can get sequenced.

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