For scientists in poorer countries, the expense of starting up a modern lab makes world-class research nearly impossible to conduct. Access to equipment and supplies – even older models – is the difference between building a functional lab and having to suspend research.
In countries like the United States, research institutions are continuously updating their technology. It’s not uncommon to walk into a lab and find at least one older machine sitting on a shelf gathering dust, or waiting in the hallway to be thrown out with the trash.
If you are interested in donating equipment to Seeding Labs, please review this page and our FAQ. We have specific needs and requirements and in some cases limitations on the types of equipment we can handle.
Becoming a partner with Seeding Labs starts with our application process. We hold an annual call for applications to identify great universities to work with long-term.
A Needs Driven Approach
Here’s how the Seeding Labs Equipment Transfer Program works:
- We identify talented scientists at supportive institutions through our application process.
- We conduct a thorough needs assessment to understand current capacity and plans for future research and teaching.
- We match them with scientists in the U.S. working in the same field. Using their knowledge of current techniques and our inventory, these Scientific Consultants work with our clients to produce a final equipment procurement list.
- We provide this list to a growing group of corporate and academic partners in the U.S. University equipment donations are coordinated by chapters of student volunteers. Our staff works with research and manufacturing companies to help them identify surplus equipment.
- Volunteer scientists and community members help us check that all equipment is decontaminated, cleaned and tested to ensure that it is in working order before we ship it.
- Our clients approve of everything before we ship it.