Apply for equipment

Our Instrumental Access program makes affordable, high-quality laboratory equipment available to research institutions in low- and middle-income countries.

Acceptance into Instrumental Access marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership between Seeding Labs and participants.

How Instrumental Access works

Seeding Labs connects universities and research institutes in low- and middle-income countries with high-quality surplus laboratory equipment provided by our donors. Recipients are selected through a competitive application process.

Once selected for the program, qualified participants choose equipment from our inventory that matches their needs. Seeding Labs packs and ships the equipment to the nearest or most convenient port.

How to apply

We are not currently accepting applications.

If you would like to see a past Call for Applications, the May 2018 call is available here.

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Questions? Send us an email.


Participation in Instrumental Access is economical, but not free. Participants pay a fee that helps to defray some of the costs of procuring, storing, handling, and shipping equipment, as well as administering the program.

The fee is adjusted to the income level of the country in which the participant is located (according to World Bank classifications).

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2018 Program Fees






Additional costs may be incurred and must be covered by the participating institution.

Available equipment

Seeding Labs’ inventory of surplus equipment is acquired from a variety of sources including pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, and research institutions.

We accept both new and gently used equipment that our donors indicate is fully functional, cleaned, and decontaminated.

Our goal is to stock a wide variety of equipment useful to research and teaching laboratories focused on biology, chemistry, and related disciplines.

Because we are continually receiving donations and sending shipments, our inventory changes quickly.

See types of equipment that may be available

Why participate in Instrumental Access?

Begin a long-term relationship with Seeding Labs through Instrumental Access. Participants gain publicity for their work, access to Seeding Labs’ worldwide network of partners and volunteers, and notifications of grant opportunities.

We know that it takes more then equipment to catalyze global science–read more about what happens beyond equipment.