The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) Women in Research Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop.

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Application Deadline:  08 July 2021 16:00 hours BST

The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) works to strengthen the health research capacity of scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa who are engaged in tackling the sub-region’s significant health challenges. We recognise the need to support a diverse community of scientists across Africa, therefore, this call is specifically open for women biomedical/health researchers.

AREF is calling for applications from women who are emerging biomedical/health researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in its Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop. To fully benefit from this workshop series, you will be at a stage in your research career where you are actively seeking independent funding but have yet to secure that big grant necessary to support your research independence. This fully on-line programme will be held over eight 3-hour sessions during the weeks of 13th September 2021 and 18th October 2021.

There will be a four-week break in between the two sessions, during which you will be expected to write a draft of a proposal. This is an intensive and interactive programme that is designed to produce tangible progress towards a grant proposal by the end of the workshop series. Your commitment to the entire series and to the additional work outside of sessions will be necessary to achieve these outcomes.

The Workshop series

Workshop aim

The Workshop aim is to enable talented women early-career health- and health-related researchers to build skills to develop their own research and fellowship proposals of the quality required to win competitive international, regional, and national funding.

What the Workshop will cover

  1. Developing and expressing your unique research niche
  2. Formulating your compelling research question
  3. Understanding funders’ requirements
  4. Writing in plain English
  5. Writing the different sections of a proposal
  6. Key parts of a typical Case for Support / Project Description
  7. Planning your proposal project plan and budget
  8. Principles of managing your collaboration and team
  9. Understanding and practicing peer review
  10. Preparing for a Fellowship interview

Format of the Workshop series

The Workshop series will be held as:

  • Monday 13 to Friday 17 September 2021: daily 3.5-hour on-line sessions, 10:00-13:30 BST
  • Monday 18 October to Wednesday 20 October 2021: daily 3.5-hour on-line sessions, 10:00-13:30 BST

Participants will be provided with appropriate learning materials including preparatory exercises before the first session and between sessions. Each session will be delivered through Zoom or an equivalent platform. Participants will work in on-line groups and subgroups.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you need to provide evidence that:

  • You are a citizen of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • EITHER you have been awarded a research doctorate (PhD/DPhil/MD) from a recognised academic institution within the previous 6 years, i.e. awarded on or after 1 January 2015); OR you have a medical/clinical qualification plus a research-relevant Master’s degree awarded within the previous 6 years.
  • AND you are currently employed in Sub-Saharan Africa by a recognised university and/or specialist research institution.
  • You have not participated already in equivalent proposal development / grant-writing training.
  • A significant part of your current employee role is to develop and conduct health research.
  • You do not already have a significant portfolio of international research grants (Combined value of $300,000 or more).

Expenses

AREF does not provide funding for participants to access equipment or internet services with which to participate. Nor do we reimburse you or your institution for any other expenses associated with the programme or any form of per diem payment.

expectations of participants

Inputs

You will need to:

  • commit to all online sessions for the full duration of each session. These sessions are interactive and will require your active participation.
  • commit approximately an additional hour each day to prepare for each session through reading and pre-work assignments/reflections.
  • dedicate significant time during the four-week period in between workshop sessions to write a draft of your own research proposal, which will then be utilised in the final three sessions.
  • have access to good bandwidth and a computer or laptop that is set up to use the Zoom platform (IT department may control your ability to use online platforms)
  • be able to use a smart phone simultaneously with the Zoom platform.

How to apply

To apply, please click on this link to download the Application Form. Send the Form and accompanying documents to [email protected]

Key dates

  • Deadline for your application 08 July 2021 16:00 hours BST
  • Date by which AREF informs applicants about the outcome of their application 4 August 2021

Contact

If you have any enquiries, contact AREF via [email protected] 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AREF Women in Research Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop

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