RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL WRITING-
The Division of Cooperatives Development Research and Innovation (CDRI) under the able leadership of Professor Isaac K. Nyamongo, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, CDRI, organized a one-day workshop on research grant proposal writing held at the Cooperative Retreat and Conference Center, CRCC, on January 28, 2019. The workshop, which saw academic staff and heads of departments and schools attending, was aimed at empowering the attendee with skills that will help them develop proposal that are fundable and relevant to the unique research needs of the society.
In his one-hour address titled “THE NUGGETS OF RESEARCH GRANT”, Professor Nyamongo urged the lectures and the administration representatives to embrace research in order to generate knowledge. He also advised the academics members of staff to write as many proposals as possible and to consider all requirements of proposal writing in order to get grants from donors and proposal funding organizations. “It is the substance in the proposal that matters not the length of the proposal for example no one is going to fund you if you quote books; just quote journals” the Professor added.
Speaking at the same event, the Librarian of the University Ms. Jane Gikandi illustrated to the participants on how to submit manuscripts using the online platform. “When submitting your articles online, always use legit platforms to avoid unnecessary embarrassments because the other platforms which I always call predatory platforms don’t review your article therefore end up publishing articles with grammatical errors which can be avoided if you use this legit platforms” the Librarian said. Some of the authentic platforms that participants were encouraged to use include but not limited to: Scholarone manuscripts central, Wiley online library, Taylor and Francis and springer. Participants were encouraged to associate their platform account with your Open Researcher and Contributor ID popularly known as ORCID since many organizations that funds project proposals request for it in order to access their published articles.
At the same event, one of the facilitators, Russo Mnene, Financial Services Lead at Paraclete Consult Ltd emphasized on the importance of research proposals that meet the expectations of international organizations; he also advised the staff to always think outside the box in order to achieve their goals in proposal writing. He urged the participants of the workshop to be more creative and use available resources to expound on the ideas they have in order to publish best proposals.
Dr. Lydia Mutua while addressing the participants encouraged them to form thematic teams for purposes of proposal writing for funding. She urged that several teams should be created in order to achieve the best out of research activities they engage at both personal and University level. She also said that teams from different disciplines tend to perform better than teams drawn from only one discipline.