April 2016

Dates: September 26 - 30 , 2016 Venue: NairobiWorkshop aim To equip post-doctoral early career researchers and other researchers to develop a successful and substantial proposal for a personal award to support their research or a research grant or large project that they will lead.Workshop learning objectivesTo write a proposal that addresses a research question that is in the participant’s area of expertise and that they want to answer To understand how to structure and write the proposal including literature review, methodology, methods including analysis plans, and impact plans To understand the process of developing a research proposal including identifying funding sources, tailoring proposal to funding sources, drawing on expertise, developing a budget, management plan and dissemination strategy. To seek and receive critique of research ideas and plans and to integrate feedback into a proposal To successfully work to a

African research teams in Ivory Coast, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda have been awarded significant support to conduct world-class health research and train the future generation of the continent’s scientists. The Wellcome Trust has committed a further £21 million to the DELTAS Africa initiative, which aims to improve health in Africa through research driven by the most urgent regional challenges. The four new research programmes will address a range of health needs, from emerging infectious diseases to neonatal health, population health and elimination of malaria. All four are committed to training the next generation of researchers through programmes that support women in science, create opportunities for masters, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates and provide mentorship. A team specialising in generating evidence about what strategies are effective for strengthening research in lower and middle-income countries will work alongside the DELTAS Africa initiative programmes. The Learning Research Programme

Background The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of nine African universities, four African research institutes, and select northern partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research. The multi-disciplinary CARTA program is open to staff of participating institutions who are interested in conducting their PhD research on topics relevant to the broad fields of public and population health. We welcome applications from any discipline, such as public health, demography, anthropology, communication, and economics, among others, as long as the research question aims to contribute to public and population health issues in Africa. Over the medium-term, CARTA aims to produce a critical mass of high-quality graduates trained to address the complex issues surrounding health and development in Africa, retain them in

A team from the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) led its Executive Director, Dr. Thomas Kariuki, visited the CARTA secretariat on March 24, 2016. This visit is part of the visits AESA is doing to Wellcome Trust Grantees in Africa under the DELTAS program. AESA is a pan-African science funding and agenda-setting platform created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and NEPAD Agency and is implementing a multi-million dollar grant programmes to support research on Africa’s health related challenges and opportunities. The initial funding for AESA comes from the AAS, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, NAPAD Agency and the Wellcome trust. During the AESA visit to CARTA secretariat offices at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) campus, the team was introduced to the CARTA program by the CARTA