Global Spatial Biology Grant Award | EACR

Do you want to join the future of whole slide spatial biology assays?

If so, apply today for the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) and Standard BioTools™ Global Spatial Biology Grant Award, which will award the two most impactful proposals in cancer research that use Imaging Mass Cytometry™ (IMC™) to deeply profile the tumor microenvironment by performing spatially resolved, highly multiplexed whole slide biomarker analysis.

Grant closes on Friday, March 22

Researchers use IMC to explore the spatial distribution of cell types within the context of a tissue to gain new insights into phenotypes, immune response and disease mechanisms in human or mouse samples. IMC enables high-plex immunohistochemistry experiments of over 40 markers simultaneously at subcellular resolution. Now, you can use the Hyperion XTi™ Imaging System to be among the first researchers to take advantage of our new whole slide capabilities that will allow you to capture the intricacies of the tumor microenvironment across millions of cells simultaneously.

Who can apply


The competition is open to all researchers worldwide. One of the two grants will be awarded to a current EACR member. If a non-member is granted the second award, that researcher will receive a one-year EACR membership, paid in full by Standard BioTools.

Program details


  • Two grant winners will provide two slides to the Standard BioTools Discovery Lab (located in Canada). The slides can be scanned either with our new whole slide imaging mode or by selecting up to eight regions of interest per sample.

  • The grant includes all the consumables needed to stain two human or mouse FFPE slides with either our Maxpar® Human Immuno-Oncology IMC Panel Kit or Maxpar OnDemand™ Mouse Immuno-Oncology IMC Panel Kit. In addition, the researcher can choose to expand our panel kits with either our Maxpar Neuro Phenotyping IMC Panel Kit or alternatively add five antibodies from our existing catalog of validated Maxpar IMC antibodies. The panels will also be stained with our unique Maxpar IMC Cell Segmentation Kit to enable accurate cell segmentation.

  • Standard BioTools will provide the grant winner with a single-cell phenotypic analysis and the original TIFF and MCD files.

Example of a mouse brain acquired with the new whole slide imaging mode

Apply for the Global Spatial Biology Grant Award


Terms and conditions

Publication of project results:

All grant submissions are confidential to the individual submitter and will not be published or distributed, provided, however, that Standard BioTools and the EACR may share them with their own staff and distributors who will not disclose to a third party.

Applications will be reviewed by representatives of Standard BioTools and by an EACR Review Panel. One winner will be a member of the EACR, and if a non-EACR member is selected as the second winner, they will be offered free of charge an annual membership to join the EACR, which will be paid for in full by Standard BioTools.

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 Standard BioTools and the winner: webinar, case study, blog post, presentation, or poster presentation. The winner agrees that Standard BioTools shall have the right to publicly announce the winner’s name and research title and use anonymized data from the winner's projects in application notes including in marketing materials and seminars. No public display of data will happen without previous written consent from the winner.

Terms and conditions:

  • Applicants must be actively enrolled or employed at a research institution in a capacity in which they perform life science research and have the ability to ship stained samples within 90 days of award notification.

  • Members of the immediate families of Standard BioTools employees and directors, including the members of the panel of judges selecting the winners, and/or persons living in the same household as such persons are ineligible to participate in this grant program.

  • Applicants must not be government employees or a healthcare professionals. Employees of government institutions and healthcare professionals should not be eligible to participate in the program. A healthcare professional is anyone who is: authorized or licensed to provide healthcare services to patients; involved in providing healthcare services to patients (for example, clinical laboratory directors); or involved in the decision to purchase, prescribe, order, or recommend medical technologies or related services.

  • This program is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.

  • Each grant winner will have the possibility of staining and acquiring two slides (excluding titration slides) and selecting up to eight regions of interest of 1 square millimeter, or to have the slides acquired with our new whole slide imaging mode.

  • Standard BioTools will give all information regarding shipment of samples to the site of acquisition and the applicants must be capable of sending all necessary information regarding the sample (including digital images of the slide to guide image selection), as required.

Miscellaneous:

All grant applicants agree that Standard BioTools may process the personal data he or she provides as part of application, only for the needs of the application and grant competition process, and in accordance with the Standard BioTools Privacy Policy available at www.standardbio.com/legal/privacy.

The grant award winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, release of liability, a publicity release, and other appropriate legal documentation reasonably requested by Standard BioTools. No substitution or transfer of the awarded prize is allowed except as permitted by Standard BioTools. The award winner is responsible for any local tax liability (city, state, or federal) occurred by winning and accepting the award. If, for any reason, the grant program may not run as planned for any causes beyond the reasonable control of Standard BioTools, then Standard BioTools reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the grant program. These terms and conditions and any action related to this grant program will be governed by the laws of the State of California, U.S.A, without regard to or application of its conflict of law provisions or your state or country of residence. All claims, legal proceedings, or litigation arising in connection with these terms and conditions and this grant program will be brought solely in the federal or state courts located in San Francisco, State of California, U.S.A., and all applicants consent to the jurisdiction of and venue in such courts and waive any objection as to inconvenient forum. By participating in this grant program, each applicant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these terms and conditions.

DISCLAIMERS. ANY ITEMS PROVIDED BY STANDARD BIOTOOLS TO THE GRANT WINNERS ARE DELIVERED TO THE WINNERS “AS IS,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, NATURE, OR DESCRIPTION, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, unless otherwise expressly stated in writing by Standard BioTools, no claim or representation is made or intended: (i) as to any clinical use of any product provided herein (whether diagnostic, prognostic, therapeutic, blood banking, or any other clinical use); (ii) that any product provided herein has been cleared, approved, registered, or otherwise qualified by Standard BioTools with any regulatory agency for use in any clinical procedure or for other use requiring compliance with any federal, state, provincial, European, or any other governmental agency or regulatory body regulating diagnostic, therapeutic, blood, or other clinical products, medical devices or similar products; (iii) that any product provided herein will satisfy the requirements of any governmental body or other organization, including but not limited to the United States Food and Drug Administration or the International Organization for Standardization; or (iv) that any product provided herein or its performance is suitable or has been validated for any specific use or application.

LIABILITY. Standard BioTools cannot be held liable for any damage caused to the grant applicants or grant winners as a consequence of the implementation of the grant competition, or relating to the items provided by Standard BioTools to the grant winners, except when provided otherwise by mandatory applicable law.

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