Alliance Opportunities

Research Funding, Training, and Capacity Building Opportunities Available to Alliance Partner Institutions

This page posts current opportunities open to researchers and trainees at Alliance partner institutions.

Alliance for Global Health and Science & Makerere University– 2017 Summer Workshop

This workshop is hosted by UC Berkeley’s Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases and the Alliance for Global Health and Science. It will be held at the Mulago Campus of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.


Week 1: July 24 - July 28
  • Bioinformatics: RNAseq
  • Scientific Grant Writing
  • Recombineering: Making Gene Knockouts in Mycobacterium smegmatis
Week 2: July 31 - August 4
  • Tissue Culture and Intracellular Bacterial Growth Curves
  • Protein Purification for the Molecular Biology Laboratory

Anyone enrolled in a graduate program or professor level in a health science/biology program or field. The Alliance will be able to fund up to four individuals from the University of Zimbabwe. Funding will include flights and accommodation; breakfasts and lunches are included in the workshop.

Applicants can apply to any or all of the workshops. Two applicants will be selected by UC Berkeley faculty to attend each week. Each student will be limited to one workshop per week. Note: It is possible for one student to attend both weeks.

The deadline to apply is May 14, 2017.

Applications should include:

  • The following cover page filled out:
    • Your basic information;
    • Description of your research projects (current, past, or future) - 600 character limit;
    • Description of your personal interest in participating in the workshop - 600 character limit.
  • Curriculum vitae;
Please combine the above documents into one PDF and submit to Anny Lin,, by May 14th.

Bioinformatics Workshop: (Week 1)

This workshop will cover both theory and tools associated with command-line RNA-seq data analysis. Participants will explore experimental design, cost estimation, data generation, and analysis of RNA-Seq data. Participants will explore software and protocols, create and modify workflows, and diagnose/treat problematic data utilizing high performance computing services.

Scientific Grant Writing Workshop: (Week 1)

The grant proposal writing workshop will provide scientists with the skills and tools they need to compete successfully for scarce funding opportunities. By the end of the workshop, students will have a solid first draft of a grant proposal ready for submission. This workshop will focus on molecular epidemiology and laboratory-based science grant writing.

Recombineering: Making Gene Knockouts in Mycobacterium smegmatis Workshop: (Week 1)

The Making Gene Knockouts in Mycobacterium smegmatis workshop will teach students the method of genetic recombineering in the context of Mycobacterium genetics. Recombineering is facilitated by phage-derived recombination proteins and allows for direct DNA manipulation without relying on in vitro techniques. The process will involve plasmid digestion, phage amplification, and Mycobacterium transduction.

Tissue Culture and Intracellular Bacterial Growth Curves Workshop: (Week 2)

The Tissue Culture and Intracellular Bacterial Growth Curves workshop will train students in tissue culture technique and how to perform intracellular bacterial growth curves using J774 cells and Listeria. Students will learn to maintain a cell culture line, seed cells, and plot intracellular growth curves.

Protein Purification for the Molecular Biology Laboratory Workshop: (Week 2)

The Protein Purification for the Molecular Biology Laboratory workshop will instruct students in expression, purification, and quantification of reverse transcriptase. Students will gain experience in plasmid transformation, RT expression and purification techniques, and learn to assay for enzyme activity.

2016 Laboratory-Based Molecular Biology Small Grants Program

The Alliance is soliciting grant proposals for laboratory-based research projects that are led by Principal Investigators (PIs) from the partner institutions and that are in the fields of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics/genomics, immunology, pharmacology, molecular epidemiology and related areas in the biological sciences.

The program is open to all disease areas and other aspects of health, as well as life science fields outside of health such as plant, microbial, or basic biology.

Applications must propose studies with specific aims that will produce
(a) sufficient preliminary data that may be supportive for applications to future, larger competitive research grant opportunities; or
(b) important, high impact research results.

Moreover, there should be a strong likelihood that the studies proposed will be completed and the specific aims addressed within the grant period.

The Alliance is particularly interested in applications that plausibly:
1. Seek to build or utilize new techniques or capabilities at the partner institution; and/or
2. Include or are directed towards eventual collaborations between the partner institutions and UCB scientists.

1. Applications for a Base Grant or Supplemental Training Grant must be submitted by a PI who is an academic staff member (lecturer or higher appointment) in the Colleges of Health Science or Department of Biochemistry at one of the following partner institutions: Makerere University or the University of Zimbabwe.

2. Applications for an International Training Grant may be submitted by any researcher affiliated with the partner institution.

3. Projects should be focused on laboratory-based, involving in vitro or animal model studies.

Grants are for a one year period and are non-renewable.

Grant types include a Base Grant (up to $25,000), an additional Supplement Training Grant for up to $10,300 in tuition and stipend costs.

International Training Grants are also available for those interested in conducting a portion of their project and obtaining training at UC Berkeley or another lab in the San Francisco Bay Area.

How To Apply

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