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Vol. LXVI, No. 2
January 17, 2014
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NIH Boosts Grant-Earning Capacity in Africa

Biomedical researchers from Sub-Saharan African countries attend public health workshop.
Biomedical researchers from Sub-Saharan African countries attend public health workshop.

NCI’s Center for Global Health, in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council, recently held a Sub-Saharan Africa regional grant-writing and peer review workshop to encourage Sub-Saharan investigators to address public health issues through research. The workshop was held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The objectives were to increase the participation of Sub-Saharan African scientists from low- to middle-resource countries in research grantsmanship; develop strategies for sustainable research support and collaborations; and utilize competitive research as a tool to address global health issues.

There were 63 participants from 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. They were selected through a competitive process that included evaluation of more than 600 applications. During the 3-day workshop, faculty presented on topics such as identifying funding opportunities, developing and presenting research ideas, writing a grant application and how the grant peer review process works.

The inception of the workshop was the result of development and implementation of a similar workshop in Latin America (Bogota, Colombia) in June 2012 where scientists from 12 countries were represented. As a result, grants were submitted and awards are yet to be determined by NIH, Wellcome Trust, USAID and WHO.


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