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  • Rapid changes and advances in the biotechnology field demand continuous updates of knowledge and skills. The shortage of material resources, the high costs of biotechnology equipment, and insufficient connections between the numerous disciplines that take part in biotechnological research, are all potential limitations for capacity development training programmes.

    UNU-BIOLAC targets these limitations with emphasis on two of the most pressing issues in the Latin American and Carribean (LAC) region — a lack of human resources with advanced competencies, and the isolation of important LAC research groups from the international scientific community.

    UNU-BIOLAC-supported courses train researchers in leading topics and techniques of biotechnology, with an emphasis on the benefits that this training brings to students once they have returned to their home countries.

    The programme funds the organisation of short training courses for students from the LAC region. UNU-BIOLAC-supported courses are taught by regional experts who have proposed short advanced trainings to build technical skills. Course coordinators must promote learning that aims to foster strong research networks throughout the region and in specific research fields.

    Courses receive funding of up to USD 15,000, from which special fellowships must be awarded to researchers throughout the region. It is important that all academic activities have a regional reach and special cases are considered for each country’s needs. Each case is handled internally by the course coordinators and the host institution.

    Current course outputs include research papers, poster presentations, policy recommendations, and technical manuals. These outputs benefit not only the course participant, but also widen the reach to a global audience through online dissemination.


  • UNU-BIOLAC accepts course proposals twice a year (generally between April and September) for courses to be held in any country in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Courses must aim to promote the use of biotechnology tools to resolve regional development problems, while fostering collaboration networks among participants.

    Please note that for an application to be considered it MUST be oriented towards UNU-BIOLAC priority areas. Any application that does not meet this requirement will need to be accompanied by a justification. Special considerations will be made for subjects that are relevant to the region.

    To apply for a course you must apply to be to be part of our Academic Membership Program :


    Send all documentation by email to: 

    Email Subject: Academic Membership Application (Year of the Application): “Name of the applicant””

    Email Text:

    1. Name of the applicant and proposed academic activity
    2. Priority research area
    3. Intended dates for the academic activity

    Please note that for an application to be considered it MUST be oriented towards our priority areas. Any application that does not meet this requirement ​needs an explanation and special considerations will be made upon subjects that are relevant to the region.

    Also note that all documents MUST be in English

    UNU-BIOLAC priority areas:


    UNU-BIOLAC is seeking to empower young scientists to use Big Data as a knowledge-enabling strategy that traverses across the following priority areas:

    •  Emerging and neglected human, animal and plant diseases.
    • Metagenomics as a tool for environmental microbiology.
    • Sustainable bioenergy
    • Innovative biotechnological processes
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