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Equipping researchers with skills to become able research leaders

Fundraising for research is fundamental. It requires advanced skills in grant writing.   However, most scholars and researchers find themselves asking this question: Why do funding applications fail? This is why CARTA has introduced a Graduate Workshop for its fellows who have graduated from the program to equip them with necessary skills for developing winning proposals.

The workshop was held from September 28 to October 2, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. Attended by 17 participants, the workshop drew facilitators from CARTA northern partner institutions including the University of Warwick, the University of Toronto and the University of Gothenburg and APHRC.  The experts spent significant time in the one-on-one sessions with participants and guided them on how to improve their research ideas.

The CARTA Graduate Workshop was organized to help participants: write a proposal that addresses a research question in line with their interests; understand how to structure and write the proposal; understand the process of developing a proposal; seek and receive critique of research ideas and plans; and appreciate the importance of successfully working towards submission deadline.

“Our vision for a CARTA fellow is that of a researcher who is able to contribute effectively to their area of expertise and able to be a research leader. Winning competitive grants is one such indicator of a research leader,” said Dr. Alex Ezeh, CARTA Director while launching the workshop. “You cannot be an effective researcher if you do not have funds to do your work. The workshop builds on the skills and competencies that the fellows acquire during their PhD fellowship,” he added.

“Poor writing, referencing, grammatical errors, proof reading of grant application significantly detract from its overall quality, said Dr. Evelyn Gitau, Programme Manager, Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), adding, “Don’t give up, unsuccessful applications are common.”

Participants thanked CARTA, facilitators and external reviewers for providing high quality valuable advice and promised to complete the proposals in good time.

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