Official Rules- Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA)


The “Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA)” Contest is open to academic, non-profit research professionals worldwide (including, but not limited to graduate students, post-docs, principal investigators, and staff scientists) who sign up at Entrants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older as of their date of entry in this promotion in order to qualify. This contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and void where prohibited by law. Cyagen's employees, its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, and directors (collectively the “Employees”), as well as members of an Employees' immediate family and/or those living in the same household of Employees are ineligible to participate in the Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest.


The sponsor is Cyagen Biomodels LLC (“Sponsor”), located at 2255 Martin Avenue, Suite E Santa Clara, CA 95050, USA. Taconic Biosciences, Inc., located at 1 Discovery Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144, USA is supporting these awards as described in the Application Guidelines for these Official Rules. Sponsor will conduct the Contest substantially as described in these Official Rules.

Agreement to Rules:

By entering this Contest, the Entrant (“You”) agrees to abide by the Sponsor's Official Rules and decisions, which are fully and unconditionally binding in all respects. The Sponsor reserve the right to refuse, withdraw, or disqualify any entry at any time at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. By entering this Contest, You represent and warrant that You are eligible to participate based on eligibility requirements explained in the Official Rules. You also agree to accept the decisions of the Sponsor as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest.

Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest Entry Period:

This promotion begins on October 1st, 2020 at 12:01 am Central Time and ends on November 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm Central Time (“Entry Period”). To be eligible for the Contest, entries must be received within the specified Entry Period.

How to Enter:

Eligible entrants can enter The Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest by submitting an entry via the online form provided at As a participant, your entry must fully meet all Contest requirements, as specified in the Official Rules, in order to be eligible to win a prize. Incomplete entries or those that do not adhere to the Official Rules or specifications will be disqualified at the Sponsor's sole discretion. The detailed requirements for the application content - including contact information, research proposal, biosketch, and optional materials for submission - may be found in our Application Guidelines.


The Winner(s) of the Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest (the “Winner”) will receive a research grant award prize for the custom animal model (CAM) project described in the application. One (1) Grand Prize shall be awarded; the Grand Prize consists of a TurboKnockout® Gene Targeting Mice project (valued at $31,550) and RapidCHECKTM health confirmation and delivery service (valued at $2,800+). Two (2) Silver Prizes shall be awarded; the Silver Prize consists of a $10,000 CAM project credit and RapidCHECKTM health confirmation and delivery service (valued at $2,800+). Three (3) Bronze Prizes shall be awarded; the Bronze Prize consists of a $3,000 CAM project credit and RapidCHECKTM health confirmation and delivery service (valued at $2,800+). All eligible entries will receive 10% off their Custom Animal Model (CAM) project as described in the related application. The actual/appraised prize value may differ at the time the prize is awarded. The prize(s) shall be determined solely by the Sponsor. The grant award prizes can be used as store credit towards Cyagen’s custom animal model services within 6 months of the award date of the grant. The award may be used for one (1) single animal model generation project as described in the winning application(s). It cannot be used in combination with other coupons, discounts, or promotional offers. No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for the grant is allowed, except at Sponsor's sole discretion. The Winner, upon acceptance of the prize, is solely responsible for all expenses related to the prize, including without limitation any and all local, state, and federal taxes. The Winner shall not transfer assignment of the prize to others nor shall the Winner request the cash equivalent or prize substitution. The Winner, in order to accept the prize, will need to sign the required contract terms for the services to be performed. By accepting the prize, the selected Winner grants permission for the Sponsor to use the Winner’s likeness, entry, and name for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation unless prohibited by law.


The total number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.

Selection and Notification of Winner:

The Winners will be selected at the discretion of a panel of PhD-level judges – who shall assess applications on the basis of scientific merit, proposal clarity, project sophistication, technical feasibility, appropriate fit of proposed animal model, potential impact on the field, and the quality of the applicant’s biosketch - under the supervision of the Sponsor. The Sponsor will notify the Winner(s) by email within 30 days following Winner selection, which is estimated to occur by January 1, 2021. For this reason, the addition of ‘’ and ‘’ domains to your email safelist is recommended. The Sponsor is not responsible for nor shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to email security settings that may cause notifications to be marked as spam or junk email. Nor shall be Sponsor be liable for the Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If the Winner 1) fails to claim the prize within 10 days from the time the award notification was sent, or 2) is found ineligible, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner may be selected. Receipt of the prize (offered in the Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest) by the Winner is upon the condition of compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. IF THE WINNER VIOLATES ANY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES, THE WINNER (AT THE SPONSOR’S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL BE DISQUALIFIED, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

Rights Granted by You:

By submitting an entry (e.g., text, video, photo, etc.) into this Contest, You understand and agree that the Sponsor, any individual acting on the Sponsor’s behalf, and the licensees successors, and assigns of the Sponsor shall, where permitted by law, have the right to print, publish, broadcast, distribute and use in any media known now or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, worldwide, and without limitation, your submission, name, photo, portrait, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest, and your biographical information for news, publicity, advertising, promotional purposes, trade, information, and public relations without any further notice, review, consent, compensation, or remuneration. All entries must be original work and not violate anyone’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. You shall defend or settle against any such infringement claims at your sole expense, and You shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsor from any suit.

Terms & Conditions:

In its sole discretion, the Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest should non-authorized human intervention, a bug or virus, fraud, or other causes beyond the Sponsor’s control, impact or corrupt the security, fairness, proper conduct, or administration of the Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest. The Sponsor, in the event of any of the above issues, may determine the Winner based on all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the Sponsor. Individuals who tamper with or attempt to tamper with the operation or entry process of the Contest or website or violates these Terms & Conditions will be disqualified by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. In its sole discretion, the Sponsor has the right to maintain the integrity of the Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest, to void entries for any reason, including, but not limited to: plagiarism; multiple entries for the same project submitted by multiple members of a lab; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Attempts by any entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Custom Animal Model Awards (CAMA) Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. If any such attempt is made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Limitation of Liability:

Your entry into this Contest constitutes Your agreement to release and hold harmless the Sponsor and its subsidiaries, representatives, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, successors, agents, assigns, directors, employees, and officers against and from any and all claims, liability, illness, injury, death, litigation, loss, or damages that may occur, directly or indirectly from participation in the Contest and/or the 1) Winner accepting, possessing, using, or misusing of any awarded prize or any portion thereof; 2) any type of technical failure; 3) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, phone, or Internet service; 4) unauthorized intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; 5) electronic error or human error in the Promotion administration or the processing of entries.


THIS CONTEST IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CALIFORNIA, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. The Entrant agrees, as a condition of participating in this promotion, that if any disputes cannot be resolved between the Entrant and the Sponsor, and if causes of action arise out of or are connected with this Contest, they shall be individually resolved exclusively before a court located in California having jurisdiction, without resorting to any form of class action. Under no circumstances in any such dispute shall the participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Contest). The participant waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

Privacy Policy:

All information submitted by applicants is strictly confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside the grant review committee and Taconic Biosciences, Inc. Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the Cyagen website. Click here to read the Privacy Policy.

Winners List:

You may obtain a copy of the Winner’s name(s) or a copy of these Official Rules, by sending your request via email to:

By submitting an entry, You, the Entrant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules.