International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

iGEM Foundation

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration.


As a participant in iGEM, or just a friend, you have seen how astonishing iGEM has become. Now we need your help. iGEM introduces students and professors to synthetic biology. It is their entry to a field that will lead the technological revolution of the 21st century. It addresses issues that need global attention, and provides a venue for both dialogue and action on the implications of synthetic biology. And, it shows students that they can make a difference.
Now you can help make iGEM better.

"iGEM introduces young students, faculty, and advisors to the field. It shows them the excitement and challenges, the opportunities and risks they will face in the future. iGEM is not just what the students did this summer. It is the beginning of what they will do for the rest of their lives."
~ Randy Rettberg, President, iGEM Foundation

The iGEM community is big, but iGEM Headquarters is very small -- just eight people. We need your help to support our growing competition program, to provide staff for the safety program, to hire a programmer, to support better assembly standards, and much more. We are asking for your support by calling on you to make a donation of whatever amount you can contribute. Your tax-deductible gift of $25, $100, or any amount will have a significant impact on making iGEM better. With plans for the next iGEM season underway, your donation will ensure that iGEM can continue to serve as the foundation for the future of synthetic biology.

Donate by mail

If you wish to donate by check, please make check payable to iGEM Foundation and mail to:

iGEM Foundation
c/o Meagan Lizarazo
One Kendall Square
Suite B6104
Cambridge, MA

In the Fall of 2013, iGEM Foundation received 501(c)3 status from the IRS after 15 months of interim operations as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. As an approved nonprofit organization, iGEM can accept charitable donations. iGEM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and donations to iGEM Foundation are tax deductible to the extent provided by current IRS tax laws and regulations.