Sida Training Programme: Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources in Support of Innovation

Deadline: 23 November 2018

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is seeking applications for its International Training Programme on “Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources – in support of innovation”.

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The programme focuses on training and supporting to strengthen, adapt and maintain capacity in participating organisations to define and achieve short- as well as long-term goals. The participants will use the latest developments in their areas of work, supervised by skilled colleagues and experts; they will develop a network of colleagues from other countries among themselves and be able to uniquely network with diverse stakeholders of genetic resources, including users, researchers, policy makers and international institutions working on genetic resources and intellectual property


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This programme will build human capacity in Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources -in Support of innovation. Each training will provide the participants with an understanding of the rationale of the intellectual property system including:

  • how intellectual property can be used to support innovation,
  • how intellectual property can be used to make new technologies available,
  • how intellectual property can support rural development,
  • how intellectual property can be used to empower small businesses,
  • how intellectual property can promote scientific research,
  • how intellectual property could contribute to inclusive economic growth and reduced poverty.

Programme Structure

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The programme consists of five phases:

  • The first phase is a preparatory phase where the participants should prepare a 3–4-page country report containing an analysis and review of the intellectual property system in relation to genetic resources and innovation in the agricultural and other sectors from the perspective of their respective organisation.
  • The second phase consists of a three-week training starting in Stockholm 24 March.
  • The third phase takes place in the participants’ home organisations where they are expected to implement the project they have selected in phase one and have discussed with experts during the second phase.
  • The fourth phase will consist of a 5-day follow-up meeting in the target region. The country projects will be presented. The fifth phase is the work with the project after the follow-up meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Programme is directed towards policymakers and their advisers as well as persons at a senior decision-making level from the government sector, the university or other research organisation, the private sector or farming organisation who are or who will be involved in issues concerning intellectual property or innovation in relation to genetic resources.
  • Only candidates nominated by an appropriate organisation and in accordance with national rules will be considered.
  • The participants accepted to the programme shall be obliged to participate in all phases of the programme. Substitutes will not be accepted for any of the phases. Management approval for all participation and project work is mandatory.
  • The participant should have proficiency in the use of computers (word processing) and access to computers with Internet connection in the home country (for e-mail communications).
  • The WIPO General Course on Intellectual Property (DL101) or equivalent knowledge is recommended. The participant’s professional role in his/her home country and organisation is more important than formal qualifications.
  • The applicant should include a motivation for participation. An outline of the country project shall be submitted together with the application form. The outline should identify other stakeholders. Joint projects with different stakeholders are encouraged in order to enhance policy collaboration.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the application form via given website.

Eligible Countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

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