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How to Transform Your Lab Notebook Into a Manuscript

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How to Transform Your Lab Notebook into a Manuscript

You know that one of the most critical elements to your research is your lab notebook.

It contains a valuable record of your experiments, data, and observations that you collect throughout your project.

Did you know that your notebook can also help you write your manuscript?

You can use the information in it as a foundation for many of the main sections of your manuscript: materials and methods, the introduction, and even the abstract!

Learn how to organize your notebook and how to use the information to write your manuscript in this article by our partners at AJE, “How to Turn a Lab Notebook into an Academic Manuscript.”

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August 2017 grants & resources

Grants & Opportunities Roundup: August 2017

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Every month our Global Partnerships Director Melissa Wu collects opportunities that scientists and students in developing countries can take advantage of. Here’s our monthly roundup of the latest calls and resources for August 2017.

We’d love to know if something that we shared here aids you in your career–send us an email if so! We’re also happy to receive your grants and opportunities submissions for consideration in the next monthly installment.

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Grants & Fellowship Opportunities

 Pew Latin American Fellows Program
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Deadline: 2 Oct 2017
The Pew Latin American Fellows Program provides support for young scientists from Latin America to receive postdoctoral training in leading laboratories in the United States. The fellowship provides 2 years of stipend support for study in the US ($30,000/year) and additional funds to purchase equipment for starting a lab in Latin America ($70,000). The application for the 2018 award closes October 2, 2017. For more information on this award please visit the website. For information on accessing the application, please contact Kara Coleman (kcoleman@pewtrusts.org).
Share Your Social Innovations
Social Innovation in Health Initiative
Deadline: 21 August 2017
The Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) is searching for solutions to health care problems! They currently have two calls open:
  • Malawi: Innovative solutions focusing on women, mothers, and children
  • Central American & the Caribbean: Solutions to improve health care delivery, focusing on indigenous communities and infectious diseases

SIHI selects a portion of submitted solutions to highlight and use as the basis of case studies. The top social innovation will have the opportunity to work with an experienced social innovation communication consultant on a communication strategy to promote their innovation.

Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty Scheme (VAJRA)
India Department of Science and Technology
Deadline: 31 August 2017
VAJRA Faculty Scheme is to bring a strong international connect to the R&D ecosystem of India. It offers adjunct/visiting faculty assignments to overseas scientists, faculty members and R&D professionals including Non-resident Indians and Overseas Citizen of India to undertake high-quality collaborative research in Public-funded academic and research Institutions of India. VAJRA Faculty will engage in collaborative research in cutting edge areas of science and technology including interdisciplinary areas of priority such as energy, water, health, security, nutrition, materials and manufacturing, etc. with one or more Indian Collaborators. VAJRA Faculty is expected to co-guide research students and may also be involved in technology development, innovation, start ups, etc.
Newton Fund Research Links
Newton Fund
Deadline: 19 September
The Newton Fund, a UK government initiative, is offering several grants to strengthen linkages between UK and regional partners countries:
  • Researcher Links Regional Workshops (Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand): this fund brings together early-career researchers from the UK and regional partner countries to allow them to make international connections that can improve the quality of their research. Joint applications are made by senior researchers from the partner countries who lead the worshop. Once funded, grants are available for early-career researchers in the UK and the partner countries to attend and participate.
  • Institutional Links (Egypt, Thailand, Turkey): this fund aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centered on shared research an innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development. £50,000 – £300,000.
  • Researcher Links Travel Grants (Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa): this fund provides financial support for early-career researchers to undertake an international research placement to strengthen links for future collaboration, build research capacity in developing economies, and enhance the researcher’s career opportunities. Fellowships are for 1-6 months.
Primate Conservation grants
Primate Conservation Incorporated (PCI)
Deadline: 20 September and 1 February, annual
Primate Conservation, Incorporated (PCI) is a not-for-profit foundation founded to fund field research that supports conservation programs for wild populations of primates. Priority will be given to projects that study, in their natural habitat, the least known and most endangered species. The involvement of citizens from the country in which the primates are found will be a plus. The intent is to provide support for original research that can be used to formulate and to implement conservation plans for the species studied.
TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training
TWAS
Deadline: 1 October 2017
TWAS offers fellowships to young scientists in developing countries to enable them to spend three to 12 months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career, helping them to foster links for further collaboration.
Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy
Deadline: 1 October 2017
The Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy is an annual prize geared towards researchers focused on basic or translational research that advances regenerative medicine and cell therapy. The winner is awarded US$25,000 and a publication of his or her essay in Science. This Grand Prize essay and those of up to three runners-up are also published on Science Online. The winner and the runners-up are invited to the award ceremony. Additionally, a 5-year AAAS membership and online subscription to Science, accompanied by product packages from Sartorius, are awarded.
Using Small Molecules and Molecular Genetics to Identify Novel Targets and Mechanisms Contributing to Tumor Immune Evasion (R01)
US National Institutes of Health
Deadline: 5 October 2017
The purpose of this grant is to stimulate research on the identification of new and novel targets and mechanisms involved in tumor immune evasion, which may be amenable to analysis by small molecules, pharmacological, or molecular genetics approaches. A specific focus of this grant is to encourage cross disciplinary collaborations between immunologists, cell biologists, medicinal chemists, pharmacologists, and molecular biologists.
Discovery of Small Molecular Immunomodulators for Cancer Therapy (R01)
US National Institutes of Health
Deadline: 5 October 2017
The purpose of this grant is to promote the discovery of novel small molecules that may enhance the ability of the immune system to selectively recognize and attack cancer cells. These small molecules could be further developed into stand-alone immunotherapeutics or synergistic partners for existing therapies, or as chemical probes for the discovery and validation of novel targets involved in anti-tumor immunity. Investigators from multiple scientific disciplines are encouraged to establish collaborative teams to discover and develop novel small molecule immunomodulators for cancer therapy. This grant encourages the design of research projects that utilize the following phases of discovery research: 1) assay development specifically designed for immuno-oncology targets with the intent to screen for novel small molecule compounds that show potential as either probes or drugs, or as pre-therapeutic leads; 2) screen implementation for immunomodulatory targets to identify initial screening hits (from high throughput target-focused approaches or moderate throughput phenotypic- and fragment-based approaches); 3) hit validation through secondary orthogonal and counter screening assays, and hit prioritization; and 4) hit-to-lead optimization.
Synthetic Biology for Engineering Applications (R01)
US National Institutes of Health
Deadline: 5 October 2017
This grant invites applications to conduct research to advance the understanding and application of synthetic biology for human health. It will support 1) the development of innovative tools and technologies in synthetic biology and 2) their application in biomedical research and human health. An integrative research plan based on collaborations of synthetic biologists with computational scientists, cell biologists, engineers, and/or physician scientists is strongly recommended. Early stage investigators in Synthetic Biology are especially encouraged to apply.
International Programs in Germany
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Deadline: various
The DAAD website posts several opportunities for students and scientists to study in Germany. Visit their website to see classes, degree programs, and fellowships. You can filter by degree/level (starting from Bachelor’s) and field of study.
HIV Research Trust Scholarships
HIV Research Trust
Deadline: 20 October 2017
The HIV Research Trust is a charitable foundation that provides financial support to physicians, nurses, scientists and other health care professionals in resource-limited settings from low-income and lower-middle-income countries working in the field of HIV infection. The Trust supports early/mid career researchers with financial awards allowing the scholar to undertake a placement or course of a few months’ duration intended to cover course or placement costs, travel, consumables and living expenses. They are designed to enable the candidate to travel to another research unit to learn skills and techniques which should develop the candidate’s career and, on return to the home institution, add to the capacity of the department to carry out research related to treatment and prevention.
Central Neural Mechanisms of Age-Related Hearing Loss (R01)
US National Institutes of Health
Deadline: 8 November 2017
The purpose of this grant is to encourage basic or clinical research applications that investigate central neural mechanisms of age-related hearing loss in older adults and/or in relevant animal models. This call is driven by the need to address a major gap in our understanding of the central pathways and neural networks that are involved in hearing loss, and how these may be altered in the context of the aging brain, as well as how natural aging influences central auditory plasticity. Up to 5 grants total will be awarded.
Kwame Nkrumah Regional Scientific Awards for Women
COMESA, African Union
Deadline: 31 October 2017
The Commission of the African Union is committed to support the use and development of science in Africa and has initiated with its key development partners the African Union Scientific Award Programme. Under this program the Regional Economic Communities in partnership with the AU Commission (see Rules of Procedure) implement the Regional Scientific Awards for Women in the five Regions of Africa. The objective of this program is to award Cash Prizes and Recognition Certificates to excelling African women researchers for their achievements in Earth and Life Sciences, and Basic, Science, Technology and Innovation sectors.
Wellcome Trust Investigator Awards in Science
Wellcome Trust
Deadline: 27 November 2017
You can apply for an Investigator Award if you’re an independent researcher with a compelling research vision who wants to tackle the most important questions in your field. These awards are also open to joint applications from two researchers whose complementary expertise is essential to deliver their shared vision.

Your research proposal must:

  • describe an innovative and ambitious programme of work that could transform your field
  • explain the approaches you will use to deliver that programme of work
  • be distinct from, and not replace, activities already supported by other awards
  • be within our scientific remit.

Awards are for flexible funding of up to around £3 million. Awards can last up to 7 years. You should ask for a level and duration of funding that’s justifiable for your proposed research.


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Dr. Aneisha Collins-Fairclough

University of Technology Jamaica: Faculty of Science & Sport

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Searching for Microbial Treasures and Threats in Jamaica’s Riverton City Dump

A garbage dump may seem like an unconventional setting for research, but Dr. Aneisha Collins-Fairclough (above) of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) sees enormous scientific potential.

Since receiving an Instrumental Access shipment of equipment from Seeding Labs in 2014, Dr. Collins-Fairclough has been harvesting  the microbiological riches of the Riverton City Dump, Jamaica’s largest solid waste disposal site.

She collected water samples with her students from the dump’s leachate ponds as well as the adjacent Duhaney River, which runs through residential communities before draining to—and potentially polluting—Kingston Harbor.

By extracting and analyzing DNA from the water samples using metagenomic analysis, Dr. Collins-Fairclough can identify all of the microorganisms in the samples, including those present in such small numbers that they would have gone undetected by conventional methods.

Water samples from the Riverton City Dump

Samples of water collected from the Riverton City Dump in Dr. Collins-Fairclough’s lab

Hiding within the samples will almost certainly be evidence of organisms that are new to science, having evolved to survive the dump’s extreme environment. Their unique metabolic capabilities may prove useful for bioremediation, drug development, or formulation of agricultural chemicals.

Analysis may also reveal dangerous pathogens posing a public health threat. By understanding the extent to which the landfill is a source of these disease-causing organisms, Dr. Collins-Fairclough hopes to minimize health risks to the neighboring community.

The key enabling items for this work were consumables and a micro-centrifuge from Seeding Labs, which Dr. Collins-Fairclough and her students used to patiently process 300 L of water samples in 50 mL increments.

While not necessarily the ideal tool for the job, Dr. Collins-Fairclough stated unequivocally that the work could not have been done without it, as it was the only centrifuge to which they had access.

The initial phase of Dr. Collins-Fairclough’s project was supported by a small grant from UTech’s Research Development Fund, which she says could not have been obtained without the equipment from Seeding Labs.

“We’ve been able to modify the curriculum to include experiments that we probably would not have been able to include before.”Dr. Aneisha Collins-Fairclough, lecturer, UTech Jamaica

“Without a centrifuge, PCR machine, and disposables, I couldn’t even have asked for funding for my project,” she explains. “The grant amount is small, about $10,000 US, and there is no funding space there to acquire new equipment—even absolutely basic equipment.”

Dr. Collins-Fairclough is collaborating with a researcher from the University of Waterloo in Canada whose work focuses on understanding the diversity and function of microbial communities in contaminated sites, like municipal landfills.

The collaboration will be enhanced through a Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program scholarship awarded to Dr. Collins-Fairclough this spring. Through a research exchange, Dr. Collins-Fairclough will travel to the University of Waterloo in January 2018 to perform advanced bioinformatics analyses of the metagenomics data set from the landfill.

Dr Collins-Fairclough in the lab at UTech

Dr Collins-Fairclough in the lab at UTech

Equipment from Seeding Labs has also helped outfit the teaching labs at UTech, expanding hands-on training opportunities for students. Because of the equipment, says Dr. Collins-Fairclough, “we’ve been able to modify the curriculum to include experiments that we probably would not have been able to include before.”

In 2016, Seeding Labs sent a second shipment to UTech, this time to the Department of Pharmacy. The new shipment included a larger centrifuge that will enable Dr. Collins-Fairclough and her students to expand their work.

How Seeding Labs Helped:

Seeding Labs selected the University of Technology, Jamaica for our Instrumental Access program to enhance teaching and accelerate research.

We dispatched a container of custom-selected lab equipment to Jamaica, which:

  • Arrived January 2014
  • Contained 3 tons of lab equipment and supplies worth more than $78,000
  • Included instruments and supplies from 17 generous equipment donors

 


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