Firefly Bioworks said this week that it has established a grant program designed to support microRNA research by a scientist or engineer from any academic or non-profit research institution.

Called the Firefly Frontiers Grant, the award provides $10,000 in company products or services including those related to its FirePlex miRNA detection platform.

Applications may be submitted online here, and must be received by March 29.

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