Access to functioning advanced scientific equipment (FAST)

The Functioning Advanced Scientific Equipment (FAST) programme provides guidance on equipment and laboratory management with the aim to guarantee researchers access to the functioning advanced scientific equipment they need for their research. The FAST programme is holistic and addresses the selection, procurement, transportation, installation, quality assurance, use, service, maintenance and decommissioning of advanced scientific equipment.

The development of FAST has benefitted from a pilot project which contained a stakeholder meeting in 2002 in Cameroon (Öman and Gamaniel, 2006) and an  equipment audit at 15 universities in Africa during 2007 – 2008 with the purpose of identifying the outcome challenges (Öman et al 2008). Further, a pilot project was run in Nigeria and Madagascar during 2008- 2011, and a stakeholder meeting was held in Nigeria in 2015. The pilot-project was  managed by Cecilia ÖMAN, hosted by the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and funded by the MacArthur Foundation with supplementary funding from TETFund and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRID) in Nigeria.

Equipment and laboratory management

HR&S offers coaching and coordination on equipment management with the aim to provide access to functioning advanced scientific equipment (FAST). Besides facilitation on selection, procurement, transportation, installation, quality assurance, service, maintenance and decommissioning of advanced scientific equipment. FAST offers training on equipment use, applications and maintenance together with the establishment of a network of trainers and service staff.

FAST also offers coaching on the development of functioning laboratories with sustainable economies; including stakeholder meetings, technician forums and identification of reliable suppliers. The programme further offers written guidelines.

- Functioning Advanced Scientific Equipment (FAST) Concept.
- Laboratory Operational Plan guidelines.
- Laboratory Financial Plan guidelines.

 

 

Testimony

 

“The University of Ibadan Multidisciplinary Central Research Laboratory (MCRL) is a testament to the success of FAST (before now called PRISM) in Nigeria. Even though we did not achieve all our objectives, FAST was a huge success in transforming our attitude to the running of research laboratories in Nigeria and your contributions to this are invaluable. We have been able to prove in University of Ibadan through the FAST experience that we can run a research facility sustainably if we pay attention to operational and financial plans and all the strong points of FAST. Even though I handed over as Chairman over two years ago, MCRL is still waxing strong thanks to the sound foundation that we laid through FAST”.

Prof. Charles AWORH,
University of Ibadan, Nigeria