The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. It strengthens the research capability of its members through training, internship and funding programmes and advisory services to member states. The Centre employs a comprehensive approach to promoting biotechnology internationally and is dedicated to advanced research and training in molecular biology and biotechnology with applications in the fields of public health, energy production, industrial production of high added-value commodities, nutrition, and environmental protection/remediation. Its expertise is also solicited by international agencies and member countries on biosafety.

The Centre was conceived by the UN in 1983 in recognition of the importance of biotechnology to economic development and food security, and the need to bridge the growing gap between developed and developing countries in this area of research and development. In 1989, the Centre became operational with the establishment of its research and training laboratory in Trieste, Italy. This was followed by a second facility in New Delhi, India and a third facility in Cape Town, Africa. In 2003, Trinidad and Tobago became a member of the ICGEB and Cabinet appointed NIHERST as the liaison office.

NIHERST is the liaison office for ICGEB in Trinidad and Tobago

Past benefits to Trinidad & Tobago

  • Grant funding - projects include "Genetic contributors to Diabetes Mellitus in Indo-Trinidadians"
  • Funding for hosting of meetings and/or courses in T&T and participation at ICGEB events
  • Awarding of post-doctoral fellowships
  • Collaborations, including hosting of a biosafety workshop
  • Technology transfer agreements with laboratories
  • Current Opportunities:

    1) Collaborative Research Programme (CRP) Research Grant
        and Early Career Grants

        Submission to NIHERST for initial review - 31st March, 2019
        Submission to NIHERST for endorsement - 30th April, 2019
        Endorsement by NIHERST to ICGEB and final submission - 30th May, 2019

    2) The Arturo Falaschi Fellowship Programme
         PhD PRogramme: Deadline for submission - 31st March, 2019
         Postdoctoral Programme: Deadline for submission
         - 31st March & 30th September, 2019

    3) ICGEB Meetings and Courses:
         Deadline for submission of online applications to the ICGEB for events
         to be held in 2020 - 28th February, 2019
         Deadline for receipt of proposal endorsements from NIHERST
         - 31st March, 2019

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