September 2019
The ILSI Research Foundation brings scientists together to improve environmental sustainability and human health. In our monthly newsletter, learn how we are advancing, disseminating, and translating science into action.
We look forward to seeing you at the South Asia Biosafety Conference

The South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC) is the South Asia Biosafety Program's flagship event. Taking place annually since 2013, SABC is the preeminent gathering of scientists, policy makers, and other biosafety practitioners in South Asia. The international conference draws a diverse, multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder audience coming from regulatory agencies, public research institutions, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations, in South Asia and around the world. The 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh on September 14-16, 2019, and the ILSI Research Foundation staff look forward to seeing you there!
Spotlighting the South Asia Biosafety Program
About the South Asia Biosafety Program

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) began its mission to facilitate the implementation of transparent, efficient, and responsive regulatory frameworks for products of modern biotechnology in South Asia in 2005. Supported by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the ILSI Research Foundation, SABP works to assist South Asian countries to further strengthen institutional governance of biotechnology by providing technical assistance to the biosafety risk assessment and research communities. 
SABP Newsletter

Since the first issue in May 2005, the SABP Newsletter has been published every month, with over 170 issues documenting relevant activities related to biosafety in South Asia. The newsletter is circulated electronically and in print to over 25,000 organizations and individuals. To subscribe to this important and informative resource, please send your name, institutional information, and e-mail address to  vibhaahuja.bcil@nic.in .
Bangladesh Biosafety Portal

Launched by SABP in 2017, the Bangladesh Biosafety Portal serves as the only consolidated repository of documents that inform biosafety regulation in Bangladesh. The portal provides information and links to useful national and international technical resources, including the User's Guide to Biosafety Regulatory Process for GE Plants in Bangladesh the definitive informational guide for applicants and other stakeholders interested in understanding biosafety regulation in Bangladesh. 
Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program

With funding from the USAID Mission in Dhaka, SABP launched the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program (BRBGP) in 2019. The BRBGP is designed to help support the development of a biosafety research community of practice in Bangladesh and promote inter-institutional collaboration and partnerships. Annual awards of $15,000-$25,000 are made available for research that will expand the knowledge base for risk assessment of agricultural biotechnologies in the country. Stay tuned for the 2020 grant announcement and pre-proposal guidelines, which will be published on the ILSI Research Foundation website later this year.