University of Abomey-Calavi one of 18 awardees to receive equipment that will build scientific infrastructure to advance research and teaching

[Abomey-Calavi, BENIN]–May 21st 2020

[University of Abomey-Calavi] is honored to be one of 18 awardees from across the globe chosen to receive scientific equipment through Seeding Labs’ 2020 Instrumental Access program.

Instrumental Access makes high-quality laboratory equipment and supplies available to outstanding university departments and research institutes in developing countries. It is the flagship program of Seeding Labs, a US-based nonprofit working to help build sustainable scientific infrastructure that increases research capacity and empowers every scientist to change the world.

[The Research Unit in Applied Microbiology and Pharmacology of natural substances, Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi] is one of 18 awardees selected to receive an Instrumental Access 2020 award from a pool of 58 applications received from 20 countries. During the rigorous selection process, each applicant outlined the ways that an infusion of scientific equipment would remove barriers to STEM education and research at their institution—adding crucial scientific capacity.

“The 2020 Instrumental Access awardees were selected for their potential to solve problems and change lives through science,” says Christina Viola Srivastava, Director of Programs at Seeding Labs. “We welcome them all to our Instrumental Access network and look forward to working with each awardee to strengthen their scientific infrastructure.”

Equipment provides the necessary foundation for other critical resources that allow scientists to generate new knowledge, leverage sustainable funding, and better prepare university students for the scientific workforce.

“It’s critical that all scientists around the world have the tools they need to solve problems that impact us all,” says Melissa P. Wu, PhD, CEO of Seeding Labs.

The 2020 grantees have research interests across biology, chemistry, and engineering, including: drug development, reproductive health, plant science, veterinary physiology, STEM education, minerals engineering, and biomedical engineering. Ten countries are represented, one of which is new to Seeding Labs: Bangladesh.

Many thanks to the Head of the Polytechnic School of Abomey-Calavi, University of Abomey-Calavi, Professor Guy Alain ALITONOU and to the Vice-Chancelor of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Professor Maxime da CRUZ and their respective teams.

About Seeding Labs

Seeding Labs is a Boston-based nonprofit empowering every scientist to transform the world. Through a coalition of more than 140 public and private sector partners, Seeding Labs connects scientists in developing nations with lab equipment, training, and opportunities to collaborate with experts in their field—and to use these vital resources to improve education, research, and economic development.

To date, Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program has shipped 255 tons of lab equipment to 80 institutions in 36 developing countries worldwide. Its TeleScience platform, viewed in more than 130 countries, offers a video library of video lab tips and tricks to share scientific expertise remotely. Additional information about Seeding Labs is available at http://seedinglabs.org/; on Facebook at Facebook.com/SeedingLabs; and on Twitter at Seeding Labs