Commonly Asked Questions

Benchling is a research platform where scientists can design, share, and record experiments all in one place. The Benchling Life Sciences R&D Cloud consists of six applications: Notebook, Molecular Biology, Registry, Inventory, Workflows, and Requests.

Benchling for Academics, which you're signing up for here, is comprised of the Notebook and Molecular Biology applications. Benchling for Academics is free.

Scientists at biotech and pharmaceutical companies may sign up for Benchling for Academics on a trial basis, but ongoing use of Benchling for Academics is reserved for scientists at academic and nonprofit research institutions. To learn more about Benchling's industry offering, Request a Demo.

Benchling for Academics is designed for:

  • Scientists — undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and laboratory staff — in academia and at nonprofit research institutions who run experiments and keep notes
  • Lab Managers who need a centralized place to track data
  • Principal Investigators who need to monitor project progress and transfer knowledge between people entering and exiting the team each year
  • Lab instructors and students who use Benchling to run laboratory courses

Benchling is used by hundreds of thousands of scientists across all major research institutions worldwide. This is the signup page for Benchling for Academics and scientists associated with institutions that have purchased Benchling for Institutions.

Benchling is also used by biotech and pharmaceutical companies. To learn more about Benchling's industry offerings, Request a Demo.

We follow industry best practices around encryption and security. All of your data is regularly backed up. Benchling does not own any of the scientific data you create. Depending on the policies of your institution, either you or your institution owns it.

You can very easily share files and projects with colleagues and control who has read and write access to projects. Join an organization with your lab to share projects lab-wide. Export a single file or an entire project in seconds.