EBRC Technical Roadmaps

EBRC Roadmapping is an evergreen process, with new roadmaps available annually.

 

EBRC has also published Enabling Defense Applications through Engineering Biology (2020). To view this roadmap, please click here.

Engineering Biology & Materials Science

Engineering Biology & Materials Science

Engineering Biology & Materials Science: A Research Roadmap for Interdisciplinary Innovation assesses the challenges and potential for innovation at the intersection of engineering biology and materials science. Through explicit, long-term breakthrough capabilities and milestones for scientific and technological achievements, this roadmap aims to bring together the foundations and advancements in both fields to create new scientific and engineering possibilities. The roadmap also envisions creative and ambitious material solutions to persistent societal challenges that leverage the opportunities and advantages of harnessing and integrating engineered biology. The roadmap provides a high-level path for research and development to enable a powerful future of advanced materials.

Released January 19, 2021

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Microbiome Engineering

Microbiome Engineering

Microbiome Engineering: A Research Roadmap for the Next-Generation Bioeconomy is a critical assessment of the current state of microbiome engineering and areas of anticipated research and development in the next twenty years. The roadmap also details microbiome engineering advancements that can be applied across different sectors of society and industry to solve major challenges. This roadmap aims to serve as a “go-to” resource for scientists working to engineer microbiomes, as well as policy and program leaders interested in advancing microbiome engineering.

Released October 19, 2020

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Read our Viewpoint on the opportunities presented in this roadmap: Engineering Microbiomes — Looking Ahead (published December 18, 2020)

Engineering Biology

Engineering Biology

Engineering Biology: A Research Roadmap for the Next-Generation Bioeconomy is a critical assessment of the status and potential of engineering biology. It is intended to provide researchers and stakeholders with a compelling set of technical challenges and opportunities in the near and long term. The matrixed framework of the roadmap considers challenges, bottlenecks, and other limitations observed or predicted in the research, development, and application of advancements in engineering biology tools and technologies toward addressing broad societal challenges.

Released June 19, 2019

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About EBRC Roadmapping

EBRC Roadmaps provide a critical assessment of the current status and potential of engineering biology. Our roadmaps are intended to provide researchers and other stakeholders (including government funders) with a compelling set of technical challenges and opportunities in the near and long term. The EBRC Technical Roadmapping Working Group leads the development of the roadmap scope and content, combined with collective insight and input leveraged from leading scientists and engineers from EBRC and the broader research community. Our ongoing roadmapping process was initiated in response to the recommendations put forth in the 2015 National Academies report, Industrialization of Biology, and is primarily supported by the National Science Foundation. EBRC endeavors to provide a go-to resource for engineering/synthetic biology research and related endeavors; the results are roadmaps that represent a collaborative effort of the engineering biology research community and the community’s vision for the future of the field.

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Roadmapping Process & Contributors

EBRC roadmaps are developed using a community-driven process that emphasizes diversity and inclusivity. Volunteer contributors are sourced from the EBRC membership and broader research and stakeholder communities – leading scientists and engineers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. EBRC’s Technical Roadmapping Working Group leads the development of each roadmap’s scope and content.

Each roadmap is developed through an iterative process at a series of roadmapping workshops and through the dedicated efforts of contributors on their own time. Sections initially drafted at one workshop, are picked up by a wholly different group at another, allowing diverse community input to drive the content. Using an open, web-based approach, contributors are able to write, edit, comment, and question throughout the development process. Each section of the roadmap is reviewed by contributors that have not worked on the section originally. The content is then finalized and edited for consistency and published on this web-based platform ensuring it is interactive and freely-available world-wide.

For more about the process and contributors, please see each roadmap’s Overview and Contributors pages.