New England Biolabs

Seeding Labs Featured in New England Biolabs Catalog

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New England Biolabs has featured its 2016 Passion In Science awardees in its new catalog–including Seeding Labs!

We were delighted to find a profile of our organization, including our CEO and  2016 Humanitarian Duty awardee Nina Dudnik, right before the epigenitics section on page 268.

In case you missed it, you can watch Nina’s Passion in Science talk here:

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Garden City University College

Equipping the Next Generation of Scientists and Medical Workers in Ghana

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Garden City University College (GCUC) is training new generations of health care workers for a country that sorely needs them.

To fill a gap in Ghana’s health care system, GCUC introduced a medical laboratory technology program in 2013. However, the school lacked the necessary equipment to give students the hands-on training they needed to be prepared to work in medical and diagnostic labs upon graduation.

In 2016, with support from USAID, Seeding Labs sent GCUC a shipment of Instrumental Access equipment. It contained nearly 3 tons of scientific tools and supplies donated by 31 US-based corporations, universities, and research institutes.

GCUC Container arrival

Faculty and staff greet the container of Instrumental Access equipment upon its arrival at Garden City University College in August 2016.

The Department of Medical Laboratory Technology’s shipment included a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine, incubators, safety hoods, spectrometers, microscopes, a liquid separation system, laboratory refrigerators and freezers, and a biosafety cabinet.

Now, students have the equipment they need to hone their qualifications to care for patients when they graduate. Albert Acquah, chancellor and founder of GCUC, credits the equipment from Seeding Labs with opening “a world of opportunities in training and development of scientists.”

GCUC students

More than 1,500 students at GCUC are now using equipment from Seeding Labs to develop the skills they need to become medical laboratory technologists, biomedical scientists, nurses, midwives, and other critically-needed health workers.

“Seeding Labs has really made our school a legitimate science program. We can attract students who really want to learn,” says Acquah.

The impact extends beyond Ghana. The accreditation board sends officials from schools across Ghana to see GCUC’s labs, says Acquah, who has also been collaborating with the head of a medical laboratory school to set up a technical training college in Zambia.

The successful Garden City-Seeding Labs partnership was highlighted in the May/June 2017 issue of USAID’s FrontLines magazine: “Equipping the Next Generation of Scientists and Medical Workers in Ghana.”

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May 2017 Grants & Opportunities

Grants & Opportunities Roundup: May 2017

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Here’s our monthly roundup of the latest calls and resources for May 2017. We’d love to know if something that we shared here aids you in your career–send us an email if so!

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Grants & Fellowship Opportunities

Instrumental Access 2017 – Seeding Labs

Deadline: 28 July 2017
Does your university department need affordable lab equipment for teaching and research? Seeding Labs is a US-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping talented scientists in the developing world conduct life-changing research. We invite you to apply now for our Instrumental Access program, which makes high-quality laboratory equipment and supplies more affordable to universities in low- and middle-income countries. Please see the Request for Applications for details.

Call for Projects – TEAM, South Initiatives and JOINT 2018

Deadline: 12 May 2017
Call for projects 2018 in partnership with Flemish universities. TEAM and South Initiatives projects are departmental projects which focus on specific developmental problems. These projects aim at strengthening the research and education capacity of (a) partner institution(s) in the South by means of generating and exchanging/disseminating knowledge (create the conditions for uptake) and contributing to the fight against poverty in the concerned region/ country.

Africa Food Prize
Deadline: 5 June 2017
The Africa Food Prize is the preeminent award for recognizing an extraordinary individual or institution whose contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity for all Africans. The USD $100,000 prize celebrates Africans who are taking control of Africa’s agriculture agenda and changing the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives. It puts a bright spotlight on bold initiatives and technical innovations that can be replicated across the continent.
Call for partnership proposals for African European collaborative research on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
Deadline: 12 May 2017
LEAP-Agri is a partnership between 30 partners including 24 funding organisations from nine African countries (i.e. Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda), nine European countries (i.e. Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Nederland, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Turkey) and an international organization (i.e. CIHEAM-Bari based in Italy). The organization is looking for Europe partnership to form a consortium researching on Integrated fish-crop-poultry-livestock farming for increased production as well as water, soil and biodiversity conservation.
Deadline: 28 June 2017
BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young researchers from all over the world. It was first launched in 2012, with the aim of rewarding the best ideas about food and sustainability. The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system. The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. This year, a maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.
The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund

Deadline: 28 June 2017
The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities. The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development by providing a centre for excellence in agricultural biosciences, which enables research, capacity building and product incubation, conducted by scientists in Africa and for Africa, and empowers African institutions to harness innovations for regional impact.

IMPRESSA Awards – 2017
Deadline: 14 September 2017
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is stimulating partnerships and information services for food producers by creating a programme that promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. Providing a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service operators, the private (agricultural) sector and transmission operators developing space for food security.
Open Call for Mobility Grants
Deadline: 18 December 2017
The BioFISA Programme (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme) is aimed at strengthening the NEPAD SANBio Network and in this second phase it focuses on boosting regional collaboration and networking. The Mobility Grant is used to support this objective. The activities supported by the Mobility Grants include: Knowledge exchange in specific thematic areas supported by SANBio/BioFISA II (excluding conferences); Specific technical training related to current work undertaken by the institution with a follow up plans to utilize skills acquired; Mentor and mentee visits (both academic and business development of bioscience start-ups) provided a mentorship plan is in place.
Travel Grants
Deadline: Rolling deadline
WIOMSA is calling for submission of proposals for its Marine Research Grant (MARG) Program. The MARG program provides young and upcoming scientists with a reliable and flexible mechanism to turn their ideas into research projects and also offers opportunity for presentation of research results at various regional and international fora.


Scholarship for study of development-related subjects at German universities

Deadline: Varies by course

With its development-oriented postgraduate study programs, the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and newly industrialized countries. Well-trained local experts, who are networked with international partners, play an important part in the sustainable development of their countries. They are the best guarantee for a better future with less poverty, more education and health for all. The scholarships offer foreign graduates from development and newly industrialized countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.

Research Fellowships

Deadline: Varies by course
ICGEB offers postgraduate studies with the aim of obtaining the “Doctor Philosophiae” (PhD) degree in the life sciences. Thanks to specific agreements, the title can be awarded through a number of academic institutions of international standing, which include The Open University (UK) and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Call for Postgraduate Student Admissions for the Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish)
Deadline: Until capacity is reached
AquaFish is employing innovative, entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary approaches to training, research and outreach on production, value addition and fisheries management, through strategic partnerships. AquaFish Centre builds on LUANAR’s track record of serving as a regional training centre in aquaculture and fisheries science for Africa including Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as evidenced by hosting the AU-Aquaculture Working Group, NEPAD SanBio Fish Node, Afrifish Net. AquaFish intends to undertake the project holistically by looking at the whole Fish value chain, hence a multidisciplinary approach.


Annual Conference of the Pan African Society for Agricultural Engineering

15 May 2017
The Pan African Society for Agricultural Engineers was formed in 2012. The mission of the society is to promote and advance the profession of agricultural engineering in Africa. The society also seeks to become a key knowledge partner and visible policy advocate on the role of engineering and technology in the transformation and industrialization of agriculture in Africa towards Agenda 2063 and beyond – the Africa we want.

Africa Regional Conference on Knowledge Management
31 May 2017
Information Africa Organization and its partners provide a regional platform for professional communication and understanding of the significance of KM for innovation. It gives a voice to KM on a regional scale and follows the developments in KM, promoting its practical implementation within Africa. The 3rd ARCKM is organized by IAO in partnership with Kenyatta University to bring together Knowledge creators, users, managers to help stakeholders understand the role of knowledge in transformation of Africa into a knowledge economy.

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