Apply for NRF grants participants told during Grant proposal writing workshop

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Date and time: 
Tue, 2017-10-03 15:43

(From left) Dr. Mwongeli Mutuku with Dr. Joy Kiiru discuss an assignement during the workshop - Photo by Kevin

As we know the main determinants of a world class university are based on the quality of research undertaken and how well it competes for research grants from funding agencies and governments  - Prof. L.W. Irungu,  DVC,RPE

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension last week held the first session of the Grant Proposal Writing Workshop 2017. The workshop which targets faculty at the University, aims to building capacity to enable researchers conduct collaborative project planning and to develop sound, fundable proposals.

This year, one of the topics covered during the Workshop included a guideline on application of the National Research Grants (NRF). NRF provides support to development of research capacities in the national priority areas of science technology and innovation. In 2016, shortlisted University of Nairobi projects included 27 MSc projects, 36 PhD projects, and 17 multidisciplinary and multi-institutional proposals. A challenge posed to the participants was for them to form research teams through which they can develop proposals for funding.

Accounting for approximately 75% of the grants in the University, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Production and Extension) Professor Lucy W. Irungu, lauded the College of Health Sciences (CHS) in her closing remarks, for being the largest contributor to the overall grant portfolio. This she pointed out, showed a disparity in research competitiveness in the University which needs to be bridged.   

As we know the main determinants of a world class university are based on the quality of research undertaken and how well it competes for research grants from funding agencies and governments”, said Prof. Irungu.

The three-day workshop saw the participants who were drawn from the different colleges form random groups through which they tackled practical lessons on the structure of a proposal such as  development of goals, objectives, impact among other project components. 

The Director for Research and Extension, Prof. Madara Ogot, who was also the workshop facilitator, encouraged the participants to each apply for the NRF Grant Call which is sent out every year and other calls which are regularly sent out through the university mail.  

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Sun, 2017-12-31 15:43