Building Infrastructure


Building Infrastructure: We support the establishment of research facilities.

We help building infrastructure by donating equipment to labs across the continent through equipment grants and donations. We want to avoid sending equipment that will be left un-used due to lack of knowledge on how to use it, or lack of resources to maintain it. Therefore, we only send equipment to those places where we can send volunteers to organize an intensive course and teach local researchers how to make best use of the equipment. Alternatively, we also donate equipment to labs when our volunteers can assess first hand that the local knowledge is already in place.

We work with a “permanent loan” scheme, by which the equipment is formally owned by TReND in Africa, but it is given to African institutions as a “permanent loan”. This means that the material will stay at the original host institution unless we find a strong reason to retrieve it from there, such as misuse of the equipment by the host institution. In this way we ensure not only that the knowledge and infrastructure is in place for the correct use of the donated equipment, but also that it continues to be operational and in good shape for the years to come.

 Our policy is that any of the facilities that TReND has helped to build need to be open for its use by any African researcher willing to do so. Our vision is to create hot-spots within the continent, in such a way that when a researcher in an African country wants to carry out some experiments the nearest facility to do so will be closer to them than traveling to the USA or Europe.


Would you like to donate equipment?

If you, your institution or company is able to provide any equipment towards this cause (Amplifiers, AD Boards, Microscopes, Cameras, Pipettes, Thermocyclers , Gel Chambers, Computers (esp. Laptops), Textbooks etc) please contact us

Some of our beneficiary institutions

IBR, Kampala International University, Uganda

Department of Zoology, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria

Department of Anatomy, Gombe State University, Nigeria


Some of our donors




-Backyard Brains

-Star Labs

-Witec AG


Researchers at the following institutions:

-University of Cambridge, UK

-MRC-LMB, Cambridge, UK

-Babraham Institute, Cambruidge, UK

-University of Sussex, UK

-University of Lausanne, Switzerland

-EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

-University of Geneva, Switzerland

-University of Tuebingen, Germany

-MPI Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany

-New York University, USA

-Harvard University, USA


For a complete record of our donations, please download the file here <coming soon>



Why it is important

Many researchers in Africa have ideas that could lead to life-changing discoveries. Many of these researchers attend to top-level international courses and lab exchanges in the USA or Europe and come back with knowledge on how to make them happen. However, they often face the hard reality that their home institution lacks the facilities required to carry out the necessary experiments. We aim at helping them by establishing top-level research facilities across the continent.


Why it is unique

Unlike other donation programmes our donations always come with how-to knowledge, and we keep track that the equipment donated is being put to good use.


Who do we target

Institutions with a strong motivation and that are willing and able to leverage our donations to actively promote scientific research and teaching on site.


As anyone who works in a Western lab will know, there is usually huge amount of unused but perfectly working equipment sitting on shelves or storage facilities, gathering dust. At the same time, the African university landscape is ever expanding, yet often chronically underfunded. Therefore,our distribution model is massively scalable, all we need is more and more volunteers pulling together to locate equipment and coordinate the shipments.


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