Date: 19 January 2022By

WAITRO African Regional Focal Point-NWU Hosted Grant Writing Hybrid Workshops

Three Brilliant Workshops to Learn How Local and International Funding Works

Three Grant Writing Hybrid workshops were successfully held in November 2021. These events were organized by NWU, HET, UCDP and WAITRO.

The series of workshops aimed at enabling the participants to better understand how research funding works.

Research Collaborations and Grant Writing for SDGs Related Research in the SADC

On November 12th, the first workshop took place at the North-West University (NWU), Mafikeng campus. It was focused on research collaborations and grant writing for SDG-related research in Southern African Development Community (SADC).

More than 100 individuals attended the event. This workshop counted with the presence of Prof. Babs Surujlal; Prof. Nnenesi Kgabi, Director from Research Support Department; Dr. Mapitso Molefe, Regional Representative on the WAITRO Executive Board; Prof. Washington Dudu from the Research and Innovation Capacity Partners; and Prof. Innocent Nhapi, Expert in Sanitary & Environmental Engineering.

The following themes were covered:

  • Remarks by R&I Capacity Partners
  • Global water issues
  • Need for collaboration, co-operation and co-ordination

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Formulating Research Grant Proposals for International Funding

The second workshop was held on the November 26th at the NWU, Vanderbijlpark campus. Almost 200 people registered for the event.

This workshop aimed at enhancing connectivity to create an enabling environment for researchers across Africa. The participants learnt how to form consortia and collaboration to mobilize resources and innovation.

The workshop was conducted by Prof. Mitzi Wiese, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law; Dr. Matthew Moyo, Chief Director of Library and Information Services; Mr. Tinus Vorster, Senior Specialist from the Research Support Department; Dr. Bathsheba Mbongwe, WAITRO Africa Representative; and Dr. Charmaine.


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Working Together to Build Research Capacity in an Age of Uncertainty

The last workshop of this series took place on November 30th at the the NWU, Potchefstroom campus. Here, the purpose was to remain relevant in times where traditional funding sources are cutting funding from higher education institutions.

Among the speakers were Prof. Wilma Viviers, Research Professor and World Trade Organization Chair; Prof. Dumi Moyo, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Humanities; Mr. Tinus Vorster, Senior Specialist from the Research Support Department; and Prof. Steve Greenfield. They discussed the following points:

  • Impact of research
  • Knowledge exchange framework
  • Planning research – skills and resources
  • Collaboration
  • Transdisciplinary research – beyond a single discipline

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About the Author: Karla Garcia

Karla joined the WAITRO Secretariat- Office Germany, in March 2021. The main task of Karla is communication on the website. She's currently doing her master on "History, Economics, and Philosophy of Science" at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Her passion for knowing how science and research work brought her to be part of the world's largest network of Research and Innovation - WAITRO.

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