Dr. Jaime Miranda, director of CRONICAS Center of Excellence for Chronic Diseases at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, presents his experience as a Latin American investigator in achieving sustainable research support.
NCI’s Center for Global Health recently held a regional grant writing and scientific peer review workshop in Bogotá, Colombia. The 2-day workshop called on experienced faculty from NIH and other science-funding organizations as well as regional researchers. Beatriz Londoño, Colombia’s minister of health and social protection, said the workshop successfully paralleled Colombia’s Research Week, which was “focused on the coordination and promotion of international cooperation in science, technology and innovations.”
The workshop introduced participants to methods for identifying funding opportunities and writing competitive research proposals. It was designed to provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of grant-writing.
Perry Holloway, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, said, “The ministry of health and social protection has been an ideal partner in Latin America in supporting such a capacity-building event.”
The workshop attracted just under 400 applications. Sixty participants were selected, including investigators and science administrators from Colombia and neighboring countries including Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, among others.
Jose Ramirez, a participant from Medellín, Colombia, said the workshop helped him better understand “how the American funding system [with regard to] health research works.” He hopes the workshop will become a regular program.
Holloway said the event seems to have galvanized interest among the public health, scientific and research communities to continue “future exchanges in scientific capacity development across Latin America, with the goal of addressing mutual health priorities and building research capacity through collaborative science.”
Dr. Ted Trimble of NCI agreed. “We hope to work with our partners to co-sponsor similar workshops in other regions of the world,” he said.