2013 Agricultural Research Connections Workshop

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will host three Agricultural Research Connections (ARC) Workshops in July and August 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.

These unique workshops will bring together scientists based within and outside of sub-Saharan Africa to foster scientific collaborations with the potential to create new pathways out of poverty for African farming families by addressing issues related to the crops and livestock on which they depend.  

In addition to learning about agriculture in Kenya, participating scientists will be given the opportunity to describe their own areas of expertise and explore with other workshop participants possible collaborations that could contribute to the advancement of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.


The goal of these workshops is to catalyze new research partnerships among high-caliber scientists who could then compete for funding through calls for proposals, including the upcoming Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARLs) with projects led by scientists in African national programs


More information on the PEARL program will be available on the www.gatesfoundation.org website under 'Current Grant Opportunities' by mid-May 2013. For the PEARL program, pre-proposals led by scientists in African national programs will be accepted between mid-May and late September 2013. To be considered, pre-proposals for PEARLs will include international collaboration. To facilitate such collaboration, we are now accepting applications to attend the 2013 ARC Workshops. Please note that attendance of the ARC Workshops is not a requirement to submit a PEARL pre-proposal.


 ARC Workshop participants will tour regional laboratories and facilities, visit local farmers, and engage in discussion sessions in Nairobi and the surrounding area. Sessions will include presentations on agricultural challenges in Africa. We expect participants to play an active role in seeking and developing new research partnerships, including developing proposal outline ideas for future competitive funding opportunities.

 We will be hosting three ARC Workshops in 2013:

·         July 21st – 26th (This workshop will be focused on livestock.)

·         July 28th – August 2nd

·         August 25th – 30th


If you are interested in applying to attend one of these workshops, we encourage you to visit and complete the online application by May 15th 2013 at:



Participants for the ARC Workshops will be selected based on criteria including scientific excellence (for career stage), and potential for developing collaborative projects relevant to Africa. Prior international experience is not required and first-time visitors to Africa and early career scientists are especially encouraged to apply. We hope to include scientists from a range of disciplines related to crop, soil and livestock sciences, with varying levels of experience, transformative ideas, and a shared passion for the potential of science to alleviate poverty among smallholder farming families.





The BecA-ILRI Hub is located on the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Nairobi, Kenya. The Hub is a modern biosciences research and training facility that supports eastern and central African countries to address agriculture-related problems of the highest priority for alleviating poverty and promoting development. See more about the BecA-ILRI Hub at: http://hub.africabiosciences.org/


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. See more about our Agricultural Development strategy at:


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