Why does our process work?
Seeding Labs isn’t sending equipment to anyone who asks for it. The Instrumental Access equipment program has a strategic and rigorous process for screening applicants as well as equipment.
And the equipment we provide is only the beginning of the support we can offer...
Rigorous screening of applicants
To ensure that our Instrumental Access equipment program improves the research outcomes of scientists worldwide, we have a rigorous application and screening process.
Applicants must demonstrate the value of their research, the need for specific equipment, and the potential impact and outcomes of their work.
To ensure that donated equipment supports the largest possible number of scientists and their students, each shipment is directed to entire departments or programs, not individual researchers. And we thoroughly vet each institution that applies.
We look at factors like:
- The stability of the institution and the country as a whole,
- Their educational and scientific track record,
- The strength of their physical infrastructure, and
- Their ability to install and maintain the equipment they receive.
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Rigorous screening of equipment
To ensure scientists get the right equipment to meet their research needs, they select instruments straight from our inventory. For each piece of equipment, we make sure they are aware of the technical specs, the accessories available, and other devices that might be needed to make their plans a reality.
We also think about every step of the equipment life cycle. We are always developing better processes to ensure increasingly better outcomes.
From SOPs on testing equipment and advice on buying power transformers, to checklists for unpacking and installation of equipment, we ensure everyone is able to make the most of the equipment they receive.
Rigorous follow-up beyond the equipment
We also connect our scientists to mentorships, fellowships, publishing assistance, and networks of other scientists in related fields in order to fully leverage the impact of their cutting-edge research.