Gene Drive Research Sponsors and Supporters Forum

The FNIH and other organizations that support or sponsor gene drive research convened in 2017 to discuss the status and challenges of gene drive research, identify areas of potential mutual interest and facilitate collaboration, coordination and cooperation.

The 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, titled “Gene Drive on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values” highlighted the need for funders and researchers to work together to ensure the safe conduct of research in this area. In response to this report, sponsors and supporters of gene drive research collaborated to publish a set of Guiding Principles. The developers and signatories of these Guiding Principles are committed to mobilizing and facilitating progress in gene drive research by supporting efforts of the highest scientific and ethical quality, inspiring a transparent approach and backing biosafety measures. For more information and to learn how to become a signatory of the Guiding Principles, click here.

Results & Accomplishments


December 7, 2017, Welcome Trust Offices, London
Purpose: To begin operationalizing the Guiding Principles for sponsors and supporters of gene drive research by identifying areas of mutual interest to work collectively.

Summary Report

March 22, 2017, Washington, D.C.
Purpose: To discuss the status and challenges of gene drive research, potential areas of mutual interest and the possibility of creating a mechanism to continue discussions and facilitate coordination and cooperation.

Summary Report

Scientific Publications

Principles for gene drive research. Emerson C, James S, Littler K, Randazzo FF. Science. 2017 Dec 1;358(6367):1135-1136.


FNIH Announcement (Nov. 30, 2017): Science Publishes Guiding Principles for Sponsors and Supporters of Gene Drive Research


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Wellcome Trust