MAPPING NEEDS IN RELATION TO RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION AND MANAGEMENT AT KEMRI
The Institute has recently obtained funding to improve and expand the Office of Grantsmanship. Code-named The UWEZO Project (Uwezo is a Swahili word for capacity, competence, or ability), the goal of this initiative is to transform the Office of Grantsmanship into an Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) that will support KEMRI scientists with pre- and post-awards processes of research grants application and management. It is envisioned that this will enhance the attainment of external funding for research and financial integrity and compliance on projects and thus contribute toward KEMRI’s vision: To be a leading centre of excellence in research for human health. The UWEZO Project is three-year collaborative project between KEMRI and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
This survey seeks to establish the needs of scientists and staff in other arms of the institute that support research in relation to pre- and post-award processes of grant application and management. The survey will be followed by benchmarking with the UCSF Grantsmanship Office of Sponsored Research and several local institutions with well-functioning offices of sponsored research. Subsequently, the functional structure required to address the needs will be determined and specialized training identified and provided. A long-term sustainability roadmap for KEMRI's new office of Sponsored Research beyond the life of The UWEZO Project will also be drawn.
You are kindly invited to participate in this survey. Your participation is critically important and will be highly appreciated.
Dr. Luna Kamau
Secretary, UWEZO Taskforce