AREF Women in Research Essential Grant Writing Skills Workshop 2021 for African Women 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.
Application Deadline: 8th July 2021 16:00 hours BST
About the Award: 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.
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
- Developing and expressing your unique research niche
- Formulating your compelling research question
- Understanding funders’ requirements
- Writing in plain English
- Writing the different sections of a proposal
- Key parts of a typical Case for Support / Project Description
- Planning your proposal project plan and budget
- Principles of managing your collaboration and team
- Understanding and practicing peer review
- Preparing for a Fellowship interview
What the Workshop will not cover
The workshop will not cover the following: how to research ethics approval; how to complete individual funders’ application forms; the details of intellectual property management; practice in research communication.
The facilitators will use examples of real funding applications. However, they will not be assisting participants directly with the participants’ own specific proposals.
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).
Scope: AREF welcomes applications for this Workshop from female researchers who are actively working on challenges to human health and are trained and experienced in one or more of the following disciplines: biomedicine; physiology and pharmacology; clinical sciences; epidemiology; mathematics and statistics; environmental health; “one health” (veterinary science); behavioural, social and economic sciences; and health policy and systems research.
Eligible Countries: African countries
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award: 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.
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.
Our expectations of participants
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.
Through your application, you will need to demonstrate that you are highly likely to apply your learning to winning research funding and that you are at a stage of your research career where this intensive training will support your future success as a researcher.
You will also be expected to participate in AREF monitoring and evaluation surveys to track outcomes.
Duration of Award:
- 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.
- It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.