Field-to-Lab Research Exchange
What? The WAB-Net research exchange program will enable scientists to strengthen their laboratory capacity and regional collaboration. Funding will be provided for extended stays (typically 2-3 weeks) in regional hub laboratories for hands-on training in diagnostic techniques. At the conclusion of the exchange, the exchange fellow will be encouraged to present their findings to the host institution laboratory team to build scientific presentation skills, as well as a complete evaluation of skills learned through the exchange and ideas on opportunities for capacity dissemination in his or her country. All data from laboratory testing during research exchanges will be entered into the project database and contribute to risk modeling.
Where? The Royal Scientific Society of Jordan (Amman, Jordan) and the R. Lugar Center for Public Health Research (Tbilisi, Georgia) will provide diagnostic support and training during laboratory research exchanges.
When? Annually, up to 2-3 WAB-Net participants will be selected for a research exchange program.
Who? All WAB-Net participants are invited to apply for a research exchange through an expression of interest detailing whether or not bat specimens are available for testing, target skill sets to learn, and any proposed exchange site(s) or expert. Participants will be limited to a maximum of one funded research exchange.
How evaluated? The project PIs, in coordination with DTRA personnel and the Scientific Advisory Board, will review proposals for appropriate fit, considering the findings of the Core Capacity Assessment (if applicable).
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