Collaborate with 23andMe

We have developed a number of programs to engage with
the broader research community.

Through our Research Innovation Collaborations Program, external academic researchers can work with 23andMe scientists to study the de-identified, aggregated data provided by the 23andMe Research Cohort of millions of participants with the goal of discovering new genetic associations and developing new methods and tools with our collaborators. 23andMe’s research and collaborations have been featured in more than one hundred publications, and our Publication Dataset Access Program supports sharing of the de-identified GWAS summary statistics. 23andMe’s Genotyping Services for Research can also be used as a service for genotyping participants. In particular, through the Populations Collaborations Program, 23andMe aims to support genotyping of populations from around the world that are under-represented in genetic studies.

Research Innovation Collaborations

The 23andMe Research Innovation Collaborations Program pairs up academic researchers with 23andMe scientists to power genetic discoveries, develop new analysis tools, and improve our interpretation of genetic data. Through this program, academic researchers can work with 23andMe to study de-identified, aggregated data from the 23andMe Research Cohort of millions of participants who have answered survey questions on wide-ranging topics. In particular, we are interested in collaborations that have the potential to catalyze novel findings beyond what we can accomplish on our own. We contribute to meta-analyses or replication of genome-wide association studies, evaluate new methodologies, and explore new data collection tools.

23andMe evaluates and selects Research Innovation Collaborations twice a year. The next deadline for proposal submission is December 12, 2018.

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Publication Dataset Access

We are committed to supporting researchers, and one way we do this is by enabling access to data we have included in a publication. We provide access to de-identified summary statistics from published 23andMe GWAS for use in your research through a data transfer agreement. To initiate this process, we ask that you provide a brief description of your research project and list the investigators at your institution who will access the data.

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Populations Collaborations

If you are a researcher and you seek to genotype a population that is under-represented in genetic studies, we’d like to collaborate with you. 23andMe’s Populations Collaborations program aims to expand and improve our Reference Data Panel through capturing the genetic diversity of populations around the world who are underrepresented in our database and in genetics research globally. By genotyping samples from such populations, we will support researchers who are working with understudied populations and thereby expand genomic studies to be more inclusive.

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Genotyping Services for Research

Genotyping Services for Research is an easy, fast and cost-effective way to incorporate genetic information into your study. Whether you regularly perform genetic studies, or have never done so before, the simplicity and flexibility of our end-to-end service will help you. Recruit faster and from a wider geographical area while providing valuable information back to your research participants through the 23andMe experience. Pricing is based on the size of the study.

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Not sure which program is the best fit for you?

Answer only two questions to find out:

Which of the following best describes your goal in collaborating with 23andMe?

  • I’m interested in supporting my research project with an analysis of data from the 23andMe Research Cohort.
  • I’m interested in using 23andMe genotyping kits to obtain genetic information on my own cohort of research participants.
  • None of the above.

Would you like to access summary statistics from a previously published GWAS dataset?

  • Yes
  • No
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Our Publication Dataset Access program seems like the right fit - learn more here.


Still not sure how to collaborate? Scroll down for more information or contact us at apply.research@23andme.com.

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Our Research Innovation Collaboration Program seems like the right fit - learn more here.


For this program, we review applications twice per year, but if you’re interested in replicating a GWAS result, we can fast track your review - https://research.23andme.com/research-innovation-collaborations/#gwas

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Are you studying a population traditionally underrepresented in genetics and genomics research?

  • Yes
  • No
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Our Populations Collaborations Program seems like the right fit - learn more here.


Still not sure how to collaborate? Scroll down for more information or contact us at apply.research@23andme.com.

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Our Genotyping Services for Research seems like the right fit - learn more here.


Still not sure how to collaborate? Scroll down for more information or contact us at apply.research@23andme.com.

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We don’t have a program specifically designed for your project. Tell us about your idea for collaborating by emailing apply.research@23andme.com.

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