We're glad you're joining us as a team for iGEM 2019! There are several items necessary to complete your team application for iGEM 2019 which you can find described below. It is important to read through this page before beginning your team application to understand the requirements to completing the application.

Remember, every member of the team must have an user account. The team’s Principal Investigator (PI) will need one in order to complete the team application. Visit the Registration Handbook to learn more about user accounts. Once the team PI has a user account, he/she will be able to log in and access the 2019 team application.

Giant Jamboree Registration

For information about Giant Jamboree registration for your team (which is separate from Team Registration), please visit this page:

Information Required to Apply for a Team

1. Team PI Information

The first component of the team application is the PI information and PI Agreement. The team PI will need to verify contact information. If your contact information is incorrect, you will have the opportunity to update it before proceeding with the application.

The PI Agreement contains information about the responsibilities of the team PI so he/she can plan accordingly and properly support the team.

2. Team Name

The next component of a team application is the team name. If your team has participated before, we recommend you use the same team name. If you are a new team, your team name should be brief and descriptive. It is limited to a maximum of 20 characters. Your team name should indicate your school, city, state, country (or region). A team name should also follow these rules:

  • be 20 or fewer characters (including letters, and underscore/hyphen)
  • only contain letters A-Z, and a-z
  • may contain letters 0-9, though not the year (i.e. "19", or "2019")
  • can contain underscore (_) or hyphen (-)
  • cannot contain spaces
  • cannot include the words iGEM, team, or synthetic biology
  • cannot include the team's project name
  • cannot include sponsors

Note that your team name will need to be approved by iGEM HQ. In the past, this approval has happened informally in communications with the PI. This year, we have formalized this requirement and show it in the team requirements section. Your team name will be easily approved if your team has participated in the past and you use the same team name. If you are a new team or if you are using a new team name iGEM HQ will manually approve your team name.

Why is your team name important? Your team name is the official name that you will use throughout the entire iGEM season. After the competition ends this name will be used as an historical record of your team. Your team name is your team identity.

For examples of team names, you can see the 2018 team list.

3. Team Kind

In iGEM 2019, teams will register as one of three team "kinds", and each kind will have different registration requirements. The three team kinds are:

  • Collegiate:
    Teams consist primarily of collegiate students. You may also have postgraduate students and/or high school students on the team.

  • High School:
    Teams consist of only high school students and students who will graduate high school in 2019. High School teams compete with other High School teams in the High School Track and Section. Please visit the High School Consent Form page for information about and access to the consent forms.

  • Community Lab:
    Teams consist of members of a community lab. This can include anyone. Community Lab teams compete with Collegiate teams in the Traditional and Special Tracks and in the Undergraduate and Overgraduate Sections based on the team members' ages.
    Each community lab team must complete the following additional requirements and send the applicable documentation to documents AT igem DOT org:
    1. demonstrate access to a BL 1 lab
    2. demonstrate an adequate safety training program
    3. must be an incorporated entity (for profit or not-for-profit)
    4. must have a legal entity which has the ability to sign contracts

4. Team Information: Affiliation & Location

The team application asks for team’s school affiliation and geographic location. This helps iGEM HQ track team development, and other individuals, including potential team members, find teams near them. Please include the following:

  • School name
  • City, state, country (area or economy)
  • School URL

If more than one school is represented on the team, please list every school.

Below the school field, please select the country (area or economy) that your school belongs to, as well as the region.

5. Shipping Information

Your team’s shipping information will be needed in order to send you materials during the iGEM 2019 competition season, such as the DNA distribution kit and part requests.
The shipping information is found on your Team Information page, accessible after the team application is submitted.

7. Team Fee Payment

Each team pays a team fee, which provides the team with a team wiki, associated materials (including the 2019 Distribution Kit) and support, one presentation slot at the Giant Jamboree, and one poster location at the Giant Jamboree.

Team fees for iGEM 2019 are:

  • Regular registration: $5000 USD (until April 2)
  • Late registration: $5500 USD (until April 30)
  • Late registration: $6000 USD (until May 31)
  • Multiple team discount: a discount of $1000 USD

Instructions for submitting your team fee are available on the Team Fee page.