Each Project is a central hub of organization for your team. They are top-level folders where you set data permissions and auditors. Within Projects, you can create folders for further organization. 

Structure Projects and folders

We recommend using any of the following frameworks for naming Projects:

By group & function

This is a good framework when the company still does a lot of exploratory work and projects change very often. Here are some Project names that follow this framework: Mol Bio Cloning Core, Mol Bio Exploratory, In Vivo Exploratory. Underneath the Projects, you can then set individual programs, long-term goals, or team members as folder names.

By Drug target and/or long-term goals

This framework works well when your company already has a set of targets to work on with fixed technology platforms. Underneath a Project, you can then create folders based on team members or specific aims of the Project.

Set permission and auditors at the Project level

You can set permissions and auditors when you create a new Project or go to the Settings by right-clicking the Project of interest.


In Benchling, permissions are set at the Project level. There are three levels of permissions you can use:

  • Read: members with Read access can view files in the Project but cannot make changes.
  • Write: members with Write access can view, edit, create, and delete files in the Project. However, they cannot add new collaborators to the Project.
  • Admin: in addition to all the privileges of Write access, members can add collaborators to the project and change the permission level of other members.

We recommend setting permission levels like this:

  • Read: individuals or teams that need to view the Project regularly.
  • Write: individuals or teams that work on the Project regularly.
  • Admin: project managers, team leaders, department heads, and ITs that need to manage the Project.


On the Project setting page, you can also specify auditors. Right-click a Project to open its setting. Then, enter the name of the auditor, select the right permission level, and click the auditor checkbox to set the member as an auditor.

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