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Competency in Research Grant Writing : The Donor and Researcher Perspective
June 24, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+3
African Research Institutions face uphill task in writing competitive grant proposals that can compete with the developed countries’ submissions. Leadership of research projects operating in Africa has traditionally been dominated by researchers from developed countries as PIs with those from Africa often take the role of CO-Is or research assistants. This is partly due to capacity gaps in the continent and weak research systems but also due to the set governance of various research funds. The global funding landscape is however shifting fast towards enhancing research leadership from the global south. However, the major question remains in whether African scientists are equipped enough with competencies towards developing quality grant proposals. This session will seek to unpack some of the key challenges in proposal writing and how African scholars can overcome such challenges. The session will involve sharing of experience from a donor who has been involved in the evaluation of proposals and perspectives from an African researcher who has been involved in developing research grants.
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