Call for proposals UNU-BIOLAC Academic Membership Program 2021

  • 2020•01•27     Peru

    UNU-BIOLAC is accepting applications to be part of our Academic Membership Program. Following our mission to build capacities in Biotechnology within Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, we aim to prepare and qualify professionals through high-level training courses. All activities are co-organized with UNU-BIOLAC throughout the LAC countries and are carried out in collaboration with an international network of highly qualified academics and researchers in the diverse fields of biotechnology.

    In pursuit of strengthening the region’s biotechnology studies and networks, we have decided to announce a new initiative to integrate elite professionals in the biotechnology fields into our affiliate academic members. The role of our affiliate members is of great importance for our mission by empowering qualified professionals to implement academic activities all over the region and incorporating them as an active UNU-BIOLAC community.

    Applications are sought from senior researchers who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering social impact from biotechnology.

    With this call, accepted members will have the opportunity to be part of the UNU-BIOLAC mission by proposing high-level capacity building activities and helping to increase UNU-BIOLAC outreach and dissemination capabilities.


    Each UNU-BIOLAC affiliate academic member is expected to be an active senior researcher who is committed to sharing his/her expertise by organizing training courses framed under the UNU-BIOLAC priority areas. These training courses will have to rely on worldwide experts and participants that equally represent the LAC region. At the end of the activity, each member will have to deliver a final report with all academic/training results and must include a financial statement of all incurred expenses. The final report will be subjected to evaluation by the UNU-BIOLAC academic committee. If an activity receives an outstanding evaluation, its coordinator will continue to be an active academic member of UNU-BIOLAC for a period of two years after the acceptance.

    All active members will be expected to attend our invitations to evaluate course/fellowships proposals, engage in virtual academic activities, participate in communications requests, and to actively provide inputs regarding important biotechnology subjects/announcements that could be relevant to the region. Selected academic members could be invited to participate in virtual meetings to address and agree on recommendations or suggestions on frontier issues that may improve the UNU-BIOLAC mission of building capacities in the field of biotechnology.

    Current training course outputs must include, among others, research papers, poster presentations, policy recommendations, and technical manuals. These outputs will benefit not only the course participants but a wider audience through the internet platform dissemination.

    Each active member will receive UNU-BIOLAC funds according to the activities’ complexity to cover students’ travel tickets, lodging, living expenses, partial and full scholarships, reagents and any other materials needed for the implementation of their academic activities. Members must promote learning that aims to foster strong research networks in their specific research fields throughout the region.

    Important Notice: UNU-BIOLAC will privilege funds mostly oriented to the students’ mobilization and housing and exhorts affiliate members not to charge course registration fares. UNU-BIOLAC will not consider proposals with no counterpart funds.

    Research fields

    The call for academic memberships is open to all senior researchers who are engaged in active research and academic activities working in high-throughput and deep sequencing of genomes, metagenomic analysis, and whole-genome gene expression to discover new genes and biological functions, which are key technological approaches that provide new insights into the three priority areas that were identified in the context of global climate change as challenging the sustainability of traditional cropping systems and the control of animal and human health by affecting the (re)emergence of diseases and their etiological agents and vectors.

    Therefore, for 2021 UNU-BIOLAC is seeking to empower young scientists to use Big Data as a knowledge-enabling strategy that traverses across the following priority areas:

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


    The UNU-BIOLAC Affiliate Academic Members are committed to make use of biotechnology for social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and therefore, are willing to promote scientific and technological knowledge to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration.


    During the active membership period, Affiliate Academic Members will have the prerogative to further apply for funds, under competitive bases, to cover:

    • Air tickets to attend a research meeting or a visit to a research institution in the LAC region
    • Joint proposals in which two or more active members are jointly coordinating a regional course
    • Send or receive short-term research fellowships from/to the LCC countries

    Application process

    All applicants should download and complete all mandatory documentation and submit it with the application form to

    ​The email must contain the following information:

    Email Subject: Academic Membership Application 2021: “Name of the applicant”

    Email content:

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

    Mandatory attachments:

    • Cover letter
    • Academic Resumé
    • Completed course application form here
    • Invited speakers and lectures CVs
    • Institutional vendor form

    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 letter. Special considerations will be made for subject matters that are relevant to the region.


    UNU-BIOLAC is an equal opportunity institution. No applicant for our academic or research activities shall be discriminated against in any term or condition because of gender, race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex or sexual orientation.

    Deadline: April 30th