October 2016 Grants & Opportunities

Grants & Opportunities Roundup: October 2016

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Every month our Global Partnerships Manager 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 October 2016. 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. Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive these directly in your mailbox! Deadline: 9 November 2016 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding …

New England Biolabs Passion in Science Award

Seeding Labs’ Founder & CEO Honored with Humanitarian Duty Award

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Nina Dudnik, Seeding Labs’ founder and CEO, is among 15 scientists honored by New England Biolabs (NEB) with a Passion in Science award. Nina is the recipient of a Humanitarian Duty Award in recognition of her work “breaking down socio-economic borders within the scientific workforce by providing high-quality lab equipment to scientists in developing countries.” The NEB Passion in Science awards acknowledge scientists for inspirational and innovative work that transcends the boundaries of pure science and has profound impact on other fields, including the arts, humanitarian service, environmental stewardship, and science mentorship.

Robin Watters

Meet our COO: Robin Watters

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Shipping tons of equipment to countries all over the world requires a sophisticated logistics infrastructure. Leading Seeding Labs’ logistics team is our Chief Operating Officer, Robin Watters, who joins us after retiring as a two-star US Navy Admiral. In the Navy, Robin’s work took him all over the world; his final assignment was as the Chief of Staff to the senior military commander of all US forces in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Seeding Labs, Robin was a vice president for the high-tech company Sonalysts, Inc., where he led technology initiatives around training, decision-making, and anti-submarine and mine warfare tools.

Heidolph donation

From Storage to Supporting Global Science

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Turning a warehouse clean-out into an opportunity to make an impact on global science may sound like a tall order. But at Heidolph North America in Elk Grove VIllage, IL, more than half of the company enthusiastically pitched in to identify and refurbish surplus lab equipment for donation to Seeding Labs. Heidolph staff–from service techs to product managers–began by taking inventory of equipment the company had been storing, including demo units, returns, and trade show models. “That’s when we realized we had more items than we needed, so we started getting together what we could share in a donation,” said …

100 Tons of Equipment Shipped

An Instrumental Access Milestone

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  What do these have in common? They all weigh 100 tons. With our first shipment to a 2016 Instrumental Access university, our flagship program has now surpassed 100 tons of donated scientific equipment sent to scientists around the world! Let’s break that down: Donors from the life sciences, biotech, pharma, manufacturing, and academia have contributed surplus equipment to Seeding Labs Our Instrumental Access program has sent 45 tailored shipments of lab equipment and supplies Scientists and their students in 26 developing countries have expanded education and research opportunities thanks to Instrumental Access equipment

New Podcast Featuring Seeding Labs’ Founder & CEO

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In the latest “Innovate” podcast by Arch Street Press, Nina Dudnik, founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, discusses the transformative experiences that incited her interest in science and social justice. It all began with her first experiment growing radish seeds at age 8, and years later, continued with her work as a Fulbright scholar at the Africa Rice Center in Côte d’Ivoire. Take a listen to the podcast here: “Enabling Scientists to Battle Global Diseases & Feed a Growing Population,” and catch more Innovate podcast interviews with cultural leaders, social entrepreneurs, and scholars engaged in transformative action and creative collaboration.

Instrumental Access 2016 RFA

Need Lab Equipment? Apply Now!

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Does your university need affordable lab equipment to catalyze scientific teaching and research? If so, we invite you to apply for Instrumental Access, our flagship program connecting universities in low- and middle-income countries with high-quality surplus laboratory equipment provided by our donors. The first step is to visit our Request for Applications, where you’ll find details on eligibility, how to apply, Frequently Asked Questions, and a webinar about how the process works. The University of Technology, Jamaica was chosen for the latest cycle of Instrumental Access. The School of Pharmacy will use equipment to furnish new pharmacology and pharmaceutics laboratories. Here, medical technology …

Classy Award Finalist

Instrumental Access Recognized as Classy Award Finalist

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We’re thrilled to announce that our Instrumental Access program has been recognized as a finalist for the 2016 Classy Awards! Instrumental Access is our flagship program connecting university departments in low- and middle-income countries with high-quality surplus laboratory equipment provided by our donors. You can learn more about our newly-announced Instrumental Access 2016 universities here. The Classy Awards finalists comprise the 100 most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises of 2016 and were selected for their excellence in social innovation and ability to solve a social problem. This year, Classy had 1,300 programs across all cause categories submit nominations. The application process …

Addgene plasmids

Seeding Labs & Addgene: Teaming Up to Catalyze Molecular Biology Research

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Can you imagine needing to fly to another continent to get a research tool? Many scientists in developing countries, limited by connections and funds, travel back and forth to their collaborators’ labs to obtain the equipment and reagents necessary to do cutting-edge research. Our flagship program Instrumental Access addresses one critical aspect of this problem–access to equipment–but it is only one barrier to scientific discovery that researchers around the world face. For molecular biologists, access to plasmids—DNA constructs holding genes and genetic elements that scientists can study and manipulate—is essential. Obtaining plasmids can be a significant challenge for scientists in …

Positively Instrumental 2016

Seeding Labs Event Honors Donors, Scientists from Developing Countries

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On March 24, Seeding Labs, an organization that aims to equip all scientists with the tools, training, and connections they need to be on the cutting edge of global discovery, hosted “Positively Instrumental,” a celebration of the 16 exceptional university departments selected for its 2016 Instrumental Access program, as well as the Seeding Labs’ community of supporters. The event, which was held at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA, also honored five outstanding corporate donors whose contributions of equipment donations, funding, and volunteer time provided crucial support to Instrumental Access and Seeding Labs in 2015.