Gene Drive Research Forum

The Gene Drive Research Forum brings together representatives from organizations that are funding or otherwise interested in gene drive research to facilitate coordination and cooperation on issues of mutual interest, including the promulgation of best practices to promote responsible research conduct.The FNIH and other organizations convened twice in 2017 to discuss the status and challenges of gene drive research.

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


September 11-13, 2018, Montréal, Canada
To enable in-person interactions and networking among the gene drive researcher and research sponsor/supporter communities and to facilitate discussions on areas of mutual interest.

Summary Report

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