GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler Oncology Grant Program

THIS GRANT PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED. Please keep an eye out for more grant opportunities coming soon.

Measure biology where it happens.

Understanding tissue heterogeneity is crucial to studying developmental biology, disease pathogenesis, and response to treatment. Bridging the gap between tissue imaging and molecular profiling technologies such as single cell analysis, the GeoMx® Digital Spatial Profiler (DSP) allows you to unlock novel biological insights with spatial multiomics.

Ask the questions you really want to address:
  • Revolutionize your understanding of tissue heterogeneity in development or disease by measuring the biology where it happens.
  • Whole transcriptome profiling of cell types in situ without the need to disrupt or destroy tissue samples.
  • Develop new combinational therapeutic strategies based on data driven molecular analysis of tissue heterogeneity in precious clinical samples.
  • Define new biomarkers and gene signatures associated with discrete regions or cell populations in the tissue.
  • Flexible input. Analyse whole tissue slices or tissue microarrays.

Application Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2023

Two winners will receive:

  • 4 slides worth of the GeoMx DSP probes from the panel of their choice (mouse or human) 
  • Project and data analysis consultation
  • Commercially available morphology kit 
  • Spatial Transcriptomic reagents needed to run project

*The new GeoMx DSP TCR Panel is a add-on to either the Whole Transcriptome Atlas or the Cancer Transcriptome Atlas and will not be ready to ship until Q3.

Grant Details:

Open to all researchers globally.

NanoString will award the most impactful proposal with the ability to discover spatial biomarkers, study tissue heterogeneity and spatial gene expression, or study cell-type specific questions using the GeoMx® Whole Transcriptome Atlas (WTA).

Comprehensive, unbiased RNA content for humanmouse, and canine: Explore any target and any pathway in biological regions of interest. The GeoMx Whole Transcriptome Atlas (WTA) provides an unbiased view of 18,000+ (Human) or 21,0000+ (Mouse) protein-coding genes.

Sample types: FFPE, OCT embedded and Fresh Frozen.

NanoString standard morphology markers or H&E staining: Fluorescently-labeled morphology markers are used for the visualization of tissue morphology, the selection of regions of interest (ROI), and the segmentation of ROIs into distinct biological compartments, or areas of interest (AOI). The winner will receive a pre-agreed number of slides and AOI events for the GeoMx WTA Assay, to be agreed upon following project discussions with NanoString.

Data analysis support: The GeoMx DSP data center provides an end-to-end software solution from image acquisition and region of interest selection to a fully integrated data analysis experience. NanoString experts will show the awardees how to use the GeoMx DSP Data Center.  

Questions before getting started? Reach out to one of our in-house experts – contact us.

Terms and Conditions

Publication of Project Results:

Upon project completion, the grant winner agrees to participate in at least one of the following activities relating to the specific project, with specific details of the applicable activity to be mutually agreed upon in good faith by NanoString and each winner: webinar, case study, blog post, or poster presentation. Each winner agrees that NanoString shall have the right to publicly announce the winner’s name and research topic and use anonymized data from the winner’s project in application notes including in marketing materials and seminars.

Eligibility and Requirements:

Applicants must be actively enrolled or employed at an institution or company in a capacity in which they perform life science research and have the ability to ship and analyze samples within 45 days of award notification. The winner must be age 18 or older. Members of the immediate families of NanoString employees and directors, and/or persons living in the same household as such persons, are ineligible to participate in this grant program. The grant winner will provide 4 slides to be used with the GeoMx® Digital Spatial Profiler. The project will be run at the academic institution of the awardees choice or a Core Lab will be chosen for them.


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