Apply for Equipment
About Instrumental Access
Our Instrumental Access program removes a key barrier to research and science teaching by making laboratory equipment available to universities in low- and middle-income countries.
As an Instrumental Access awardee, your institution would have an opportunity to "shop" in our extensive inventory of donated laboratory equipment, glassware, and consumables to select items that meet your needs for teaching and research.
A typical shipment consists of 100+ individual items and fits into a 20-foot freight container.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Please carefully review the detailed requirements as explained on the Information for Applicants page. Briefly, applicants should be:
- An academic department (or other subunit of similar scope) at a college, university, or other institution of higher education OR a university-affiliated research institute OR a public research institute that is actively engaged in research training.
- Located in an eligible country.
- Have diverse needs for equipment and supplies that are commonly used in biology and chemistry laboratories.
- Able and willing to meet all program requirements, including paying a program fee that underwrites a portion of our operating costs.
If you have any questions about eligibility or would like to discuss your situation in more detail, you are strongly encouraged to contact us before you begin working on an application.
Application Process and Important Dates
The application process consists of three phases:
Phase I: Written Application
Written applications will be reviewed periodically (see schedule below) for eligibility, completeness, and fit for the program. We are looking for awardees who can meet all program requirements and are poised to make good use of what we can provide: a container full of laboratory equipment and supplies to be selected from our inventory.
Phase II: Interview and Qualification
Following application review, top-scoring applicants will be invited to speak with us via Zoom or Skype about their objectives, existing infrastructure and expertise, and equipment needs.
Following the interview, we designate successful applicants as "qualified candidates" for Instrumental Access. Qualified candidates are eligible to receive offers of program slots as explained below.
Qualification will remain valid for 12 months. Qualification does not guarantee a program slot, but only qualified candidates are eligible to receive offers.
Phase III: Offer and Acceptance of an Available Program Slot
Program slots, or specific time periods for equipment selection and subsequent payment of the program fee, will be offered to qualified candidates as they become available, typically with a 3-6 month time lag (meaning that the selection window would be set to begin 3-6 months from the time of acceptance).
Candidates will have the option to accept an offer or to refuse and wait for another. We will make every effort to find a suitable slot for each qualified candidate, but we cannot guarantee that one will be available.
Slots must be accepted by the Vice-Chancellor or equivalent official who is authorized to enter into agreements on behalf of the entire institution. The obligations of both parties will be spelled out in detail in a Letter of Agreement between Seeding Labs and the awarded institution.
Upcoming deadlines for Phase I review are:
12 February 2021
16 April 2021
Phase I Application Form
To begin the application process, complete and submit the application form below.
Applications are typically submitted by a staff member or administrator on behalf of the department or institution.
Applications must be submitted in English. You must respond to all of the questions; incomplete applications will not be considered.
You will have the option to save incomplete applications for up to 30 days by clicking "Save and Continue Later." If you choose this option, the system will send you a link via email that you can use to continue the application at a later time.
Please note that you will receive a new continuation link each time you click "Save and Continue," which might be confusing if you save multiple times.
As an alternative, we recommend downloading the application questions as a .pdf or word document to work on them offline. Once you've finalized your answers, you can enter them into the web form all at once just prior to submission.
Please do not send completed forms or any other attachments via email unless you have been invited to do so; we can accept applications via the web form only.
Please direct all inquiries regarding the application form and process to firstname.lastname@example.org.