- Written on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 07:10
The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) is a competitive fund which facilitates access to the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in
Nairobi, Kenya, for scientists and students from African national research institutes and universities.
The BecA-ILRI Hub provides a common biosciences research platform, research-related services and capacity building opportunities to eastern and central Africa and beyond. The Hub increases access to affordable, world-class research facilities, while creating and strengthening human resources in biosciences and related disciplines in Africa. These activities focus on addressing key constraints in African agriculture.
We seek applicants who have exceptional ideas for short-term research projects (3-6 months) that can be carried out at the BecA-ILRI Hub. Projects must be related to food and nutritional security, food safety or animal health issues. Scientists who are conducting research in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply, as are women candidates:
- African swine fever (ASF) epidemiology and control
- Improved vaccines and diagnosis of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP)
- Development of vaccines for peste des petits ruminants (PPR)
- Improved control strategies for other animal diseases
- Harnessing genetic diversity for conservation, resistance to disease and improving productivity of livestock, particularly of goats, cavies (guinea pigs) and chickens (focusing on African indigenous breeds)
- Research on orphan (under-studied) crops including: amaranth, African wild mushrooms, enset and other under- researched important African crops
- Genetic diversity studies for improving productivity of other important crops
- Mycotoxins: addressing aflatoxin and other mycotoxin contamination of maize and other foods
- Plant transformation to address food insecurity in Africa
- Tissue culture and virus indexing for production of virus-free planting materials in Africa
- Rapid diagnosis of crop and livestock disease: adopting and adapting existing diagnostics for use in Africa
- Plant ‘viromics’: viral screening and pathogen discovery in plants for improving and developing diagnostic tools
- Metagenomics for microbial diversity
- Other innovative ideas that could potentially lead to major breakthroughs.
- A national of one of the BecA-ILRI Hub countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
- Affiliated with a national agricultural research program or university in the BecA-ILRI Hub region
- Currently engaged in agricultural research
- MSc or PhD in agricultural biosciences
- Good working knowledge of written and spoken English
- Completed online application form and uploaded CV and research project concept note.
CLICK HERE to apply
Funding for travel, accommodation, medical insurance, and some research expenses at the Hub will be provided. Please note that funding for research at the applicant’s home institute or field work is not provided under the ABCF Fellowship programme.
Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you.
- Written on Sunday, 02 December 2012 06:52
Dear colleagues, friends and partners,
As some of you already know, I am leaving the BecA Hub and ILRI at the end of November, 2012 after five and half years as the BecA Hub Director. This is also a departure from the CGIAR after over 20 years of service, 15 of these at CIAT in Colombia. I will be joining the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) as their Vice President – Programs on 01 December, 2012 (http://www.agra-alliance.org/).
- Written on Thursday, 29 November 2012 22:18
Today (30th November 2012) in Sydney, key food security specialists from Africa will come together with Australian and other counterparts to focus on the many issues related to food security in Africa and the important role that Australia can play. This high level delegation of African Agriculture Ministers, researchers, policy makers and extension workers are attending an international forum “Food Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practice”, an event which will see the launching of Australia’s new International Food Security Centre (AIFSC) by Senator The Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia.
- Written on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 22:47
Swedish National radio highlights research at the BecA-ILRI Hub
The BecA-ILRI Hub recently hosted Pelle Zettersten, a radio journalist from the Science department of Swedish National Radio. Pelle was on a tour of eastern Africa to report recent scientific developments in the areas of agriculture, environment and energy, and the future plans by different countries as concerns science and technology.
- Written on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 05:55
Introducing Jacqueline Mayira, Berine Ada and Kimani Wilson
- Written on Thursday, 25 October 2012 04:54
Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Institute for Biotechnology in Nigeria
The BecA-ILRI Hub Technology Manager, Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng, has been invited to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Institute for Biotechnology in Nigeria.
- Written on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:00
Introducing Dr Timothy Holton and Dr Solomon Benor
Dr Solomon Benor joined the BecA-ILRI Hub in August 2012 as a Post-Doctoral Scientist in Molecular Genetics. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology with a specialization in molecular systematics and population genetics from Kassel University, Germany. His PhD studies were supported by a scholarship and research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Research (IPK).
- Written on Monday, 01 October 2012 05:23
Samuel Mutiga has been selected as a Fellow for the Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) of the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program. Samuel, a PhD student at the Cornell University, USA, is currently attached to the BecA-ILRI Hub’s Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA) project.
- Written on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 23:24
Dr Charles Masembe, a recipient of BecA Hub’s Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund from Makerere University, Uganda, together with colleagues from African Insect Science for Food and Health (icipe), ILRI Biotechnology theme , the BecA-ILRI Hub and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), have recently demonstrated that domestic pigs are a potential reservoir for Ndumu virus (NDUV).
- Written on Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:39
The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) awarded Segenet Kelemu the 2011 TWAS Prize for Agricultural Sciences during the 23rd TWAS General Meeting in Tianjin on Tuesday 18 September. The award was presented to her by the Chinese President Hu Jintao “for her discovery of beneficial endophytic fungi and bacteria in the tropical forage grass Brachiaria and for her contributions to the understanding of their roles in plant development and environmental fitness.
- Written on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:42
Dr. Laura Purdie Has joined the BecA-ILRI Hub as a postdoctoral scientist in molecular diagnostics.
Laura has a strong background in molecular biology and virology. She has also gained extensive experience of PCR, DNA cloning and virological techniques from the University of Oxford and GlaxoSmithKline.
- Written on Monday, 09 July 2012 00:24
A workshop on Loop-mediated isothermal amplification of DNA (LAMP) assay for rapid detection of capripoxviruses insheep, goats and cattle will be held at the BecA-ILRI Hub from 9-13 July 2012. The workshop is being organized through the Molecular diagnosis of livestock diseases: adapting and adopting existing diagnostics for developing country laboratories, a collaborative project between BecA-ILRI Hub and the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Foreign Animal Diagnostics Laboratory ( USDA/APHIS/FADDL).
- Written on Sunday, 08 July 2012 23:09
Introducing Sarah Osama, Mercy Macharia, Joyce Njuguna and Pauline Asami.
- Written on Friday, 06 July 2012 05:20
National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) is a statutory institution of the Government of Kenya established by the Science and Technology Act. Cap. 250 of the Laws of Kenya. One of the main functions of NCST is to promote and coordinate matters of Science, Technology and Innovations (ST&I) in the country. The Council administers the Government ST&I grant designed to supports
- Written on Thursday, 21 June 2012 07:15
The BecA-ILRI Hub conducted a five-day training on Introduction to Principles in Laboratory Management and Equipment Operations Workshop from 4th to 8th June 2012. Areas covered in the training included general lab design; good laboratory practices (GLP) in lab management; laboratory health and safety; laboratory biosafety and biosecurity; equipment operations and maintenance; supply chain management; shipping of biological materials; material transfer agreements; and intellectual property rights.
- Written on Thursday, 05 April 2012 00:58
During his visit to the BecA Hub on 5th March 2012, CSIRO’s Partnerships leader Dr. Bruce Pengelly was awarded the Hub’s Outstanding Partner of the Year for2011. This award recognizes Bruce’s exemplary contribution to the BecA Hub. It appreciates his relentless commitment to Africa and his outstanding dedication to ensuring the BecA-CSIRO partnership works well and achieves impact for Africans. Bruce always displays a deep respect to all stakeholders and partners and reiterates the importance of BecA’s work throughout the African region and internationally to his networks.
- Written on Saturday, 17 March 2012 01:22
On Tuesday 13 March 2012, a delegation of experts from various international organizations concerned with advancing livestock development took an extensive tour of the facilities at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub. The visit to the Hub was the culmination of a high level consultative meeting on The Global Livestock Agenda by 2020 held at ILRI and co-chaired by the Director General of ILRI – Jimmy Smith and Livestock Advisor for the World Bank – François Le Gall.
- Written on Thursday, 08 March 2012 22:06
The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) is a competitive grant that enables scientists from national research institutes and universities within the eastern and central Africa region to conduct research at the world-class research facilities of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Written on Thursday, 08 March 2012 21:51
Call for applications to “Sida’s program for development research 2013”
The call for applications to “Sida’s program for development research 2013” is now open, closing date is April 3rd, 2012. During 2013 the total budget is 114 MSEK out of which 30 MSEK will be available for new applications. Applications within the area of global health research are handled by Vetenskapsrådet
- Written on Monday, 27 February 2012 03:37
We are delighted to share with you the tremendous progress we have made in 2011. With the critical support of many partners and investors, we have continued to expand our programme of research, capacity building, and research-related services.
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