Date of Call: 20th September 2017
The Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), in Collaboration with Mount Kenya University College of Health Sciences (MKUCHS), set up a collaboration hereafter refered to by the acronym "MUMKU" aimed at supporting quality training and research at both universities, towards improved health in the region. To this end, MKUCHS put forward a research grant as part of this collaboration. The $100,000 joint research grant is intended to stimulate a South-South research partnership that will provide innovative homegrown solutions to debilitating healthcare challenges in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. This is now to invite applications for the research grant with an overall theme of "Research for Better Health in the East African region". It is hoped that this call will lead to increased individuals, regional organizations, and South to South Collaboration, as well as set an opportunity for North South Collaboration.
Most research agenda in Africa is set by donor partners from other regions. This grant is therefore meant to address health research issues across the East African region that has received less support from the international funding community. Applications are therefore invited for proposals that address cross border health problems in East Africa. These include but are not limited to i) Cancer; prevention and early detection of cancer, home based palliative care for cancer patients at advanced stages, and ii) Neglected tropical, emerging and re-emerging diseases within the region, such as addressing challenges of Tunga penetrans (jiggers) especially among the poor, household disease enhancing pests etc. as well as other various neglected tropical diseases and iii) Climate change and health.
This grant is intended to lead to practical innovative solutions to the health problems afflicting the East African region with a significant impact potential especially among low resource communities. While in some cases the solution may require further research, a clear demonstration of a pathway to this outcome is desired. Contribution towards completion of a Masters or Doctoral training program is a desirable outcome of this grant, but may not necessarily be the ultimate end.
A required outcome is that the recipient should be able to have a publication or manuscript either submitted or ready for submission to a peer reviewed journal. The recipient should also have a plan to present the findings within an African forum - either at a research meeting, or a meeting of policy makers or other relevant stakeholders, or health care administrators, and/or a community setting for health improvement.
Collaborative research teams will be formed. These will include students and staff from MakCHS and MKUCHS (Thika or/and Rwanda campus). The teams will include:
a. Research or Graduate students (Masters, Doctoral, fellowship training etc ) in health related discipline at MakCHS and MKUCHS. Students who already have a proposal which can be facilitated by this grant are eligible. Post docs are not eligible. Students need to apply with at least one mentor /supervisor/faculty member/specialist from both MakCHS and MKUCHS (Kenya or Rwanda campus).
b. Faculty members with student mentees may apply, again with at least a faculty from both MakCHS and MKUCHS.
c Research teams must include at least one student from MakCHS, or MKUCHS (Kenya or Rwanda) AND at least two Faculty members one from MakCHS, and the other from either or both MKUCHS - Kenya/ MKUCHS - Rwanda.
d. Proposals must demonstrate cross-border collaboration to be eligible.
NOTE: Members of staff from other colleges/schools allied to both institutions are also eligible to bid for the grant as long as the applications are aligned to the theme.
A guide for an ideal proposal should:
- Tackle a problem that imposes a meaningful disease burden on patients or the healthcare system within the region at at-least two of the three participating countries - Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda.
- Propose practical feasible home-grown solutions which would potentially transform the way a selected health challenge is managed
- Be a joint application with each institution having an active role in the project
- Should involve registered active graduate students exhibiting good performance
- Involve other relevant stakeholders in the health sector eg. NGO’s etc
·Demonstrate a path to an innovative solution with up scaling potential.
- The applicants should make use of the application template provided. Applicants should pay close attention to word limits in each section.
- Applications will be evaluated by a panel comprised of MKUCHS and MakCHS experts.
- Successful applicants may expect to be notified of grant award by Mid December 2017
During this first round call for applications, each proposal will be awarded a maximum of $ 5,000.
This is an equal opportunity application for female and male students and staff. Persons with physical impairment are encouraged to apply.
Deadline for application is 20th November 2017 at 2359hrs EAT
Applications should be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further clarification, send your queries to the following contact persons;
Makerere University, Prof. Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, email email@example.com
Mount Kenya University, Dr. Peter G. Kirira, email firstname.lastname@example.org
MUMKU RESEARCH APPLICATION TEMPLATE
The title should be concise, catchy, scientifically valid and sufficiently descriptive to reflect the nature of the proposed work.
A summary of the proposed project should be submitted, mentioning briefly, the objectives, problem statements, methodologies, proposed activities, expected outputs, duration and the budget. Considerable attention should be given to the preparation of this item in order to capture the key points. It is suggested that this item be written last (max 200 words).
In this section the applicant should broadly describe what is already known about the subject or topic area. What general facts (scientific, socio-economic or geo-political) should we know about the proposed area? What general factors may have necessitated this project? This should bring out the need for this project by clearly capturing the knowledge gap in the proposed work. This should reflect a thorough survey of the existing state of knowledge and how and in which way the intended work is going to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the context of the problem to be solved, or bring about socio-economic development. If there is an overall conceptual framework it should be described here (max 500 words).
A clear statement of the problem to be solved by the proposed work must be provided (max 200 words).
Project goal(s), Objectives and Hypotheses
Project goals and objectives should be clearly stated. The broad objective and specific objectives should be indicated. The objectives must be SMART. Smart objectives are specific, measurable, attainable/achievable, realistic and time-bound. Where the goal is broad, it may be necessary to state overall objectives under which specific objectives and targets are stated.
Rationale and Justification
The researcher should in this section address the following issues: problem relevance; ability to provide solution(s); technical feasibility of the approach; availability of outside scientific inputs; past performance of researcher(s) in executing similar projects; contribution to long-term capacity building, knowledge generation, and impact of the project and cost effectiveness (max 300 words).
These are the desirable outcomes necessary in order to achieve the stated specific objectives. There may be several outcomes required to achieve each objective. These outputs must tally with the objectives spelt out. It should clearly list direct and indirect beneficiaries of the project outputs realised.
The proposal should clearly and thoroughly spell out the methods to be used and the research plan for the project. It should also indicate that the proposed research methodology, research design of the project, data collection and analysis techniques. This section should also describe the project implementation sites and reasons for its selection, facilities and major items of equipment, space, and supplies and services to be used. A clear statement of how ethical issues and approvals will be addressed should be provided. Where applicable, an appendix containing a consent form and questionnaires should be provided.
The Logical Framework
The logical framework, often simply referred to as the log frame, is a system of project management in which the processes involved are analysed systematically and logically, in order to establish factors important to the successful implementation of the project. The main components of the log frame are:
a) Intervention Logics: Project purpose or Overall objective, Specific objectives, Outputs and Activities.
b) Objectively verifiable indicators: The operational parameters for measurement of the achievements as a result of implementation of the project
c) Means of verification: Describe the source of the verifiable indicator, in terms of when, where and in what form it shall be found.
d) Critical assumptions: These are intervening factors, which will influence project direction and interfere with its implementation, but are outside the control of the implementing team/agency.
e) Preconditions: These are a set of conditions that must be met even before the project can start.
f) Inputs and Cost: This should show the physical and non-physical means of project implementation as well as the total cost of the proposed project in a summarised form.
Note: The log frame should be presented in a matrix format.
Project Time Plan
In this section the researcher should give the total duration of the project and the sequence in which the research activities will be undertaken and for how long they will be done. Appropriate project scheduling techniques should be used to illustrate the project time outlay. A recommended and simple method is the Gantt chart, which also graphically shows the relationship between individual activities and the total duration of the project.
Impact of Project
The researcher should state the anticipated impact of the project activities and results. This should include and quantify the project effect on the environment, and the society.
Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
The researcher should clearly indicate the Key Performance Indicators (KPI), and the proposed M&E schedule.
Roles and Responsibilities of Collaborators
The researcher should indicate the collaborators, their specific roles, competencies, contacts and their institutions of affiliation.
Project Structure and Management
The researcher should describe the project organization showing the interrelationships among the participants. The researcher should indicate how the project will be structured and managed. This should include critical departments responsible for the project implementation and any co-funding.
Budget and Resource Requirements
The applicant should show the breakdown of all the resources and their costs. Where the applicant has applied for funds from some other sources he/she should specify the name of the organisation, and the amount granted. The maximum funding level is $5,000 per project for a maximum period of two years.