Join the AAU Policy Webinar on Research Proposal and Grant Writing

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Join the AAU Policy Webinar on Research Proposal and Grant Writing

Monday, December 16, 2019|Time: 12:00 GMT

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How do different actors navigate their spaces for innovation, quality, and relevance in an increasingly complex and competitive knowledge production (research) environment? Research for evidence-based decision making involves a complex process of organizing ideas, actions, resources, and systems. Globally, the research environment is highly competitive, and actors are scrambling over limited resources and opportunities. Whereas country contexts are different in terms of opportunities for resources to conduct high quality research, competition is unavoidable regardless. In addition, it is important to acknowledge that different actors (researchers, funding organizations, governments, and consumers) have varied motivations and expectations from the research process – making the environment quite challenging for both new and established researchers. This webinar, being organised by the Association of African Universities, will discuss two of the most challenging aspects of the research process – research proposal and grant writing. The webinar will focus on challenging the conventional ‘template approach’ to thinking about research proposal for different purposes – postgraduate study, commissioned research, small grant projects calls, and medium to large grant projects calls. The webinar will also discuss research project costing/budgeting and examine different grant requirements.

Learning objectives

  1. To examine the research environment including actors and their motivation in the research process
  2. To discuss innovative approaches to research design as the basis for high quality research proposal
  3. To discuss grant writing in a competitive context

Learning outcomes

Participants of this webinar should be able to:

  1. Appraise a given research context to understand the expectations and needs of relevant actors prior to developing research proposal
  2. Apply reflective and innovative models of designing policy relevant research proposals
  3. Explore different grant writing strategies to fund their respective research projects


Date: Monday, 16th December 2019

Time: 12:00GMT

Target Audience: This webinar is open to all higher education stakeholders (academics, researchers, students etc.), development partners, industry players, government officials and policy makers in Africa.


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Daniel Doh (PhD) is a Lecturer in Social Work at the Western Sydney University, Australia. Prior to joining Western Sydney, Daniel worked as a Senior Research Officer for the Silver Chain Group – Access Care Network Australia in Western Australia. He was a Sessional Academic at the School of Arts and Humanities – Edith Cowan University, Perth and an Assistant Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Policy Studies, University of Ghana. Daniel is a social policy analyst and has been involved in several impact evaluation programs and research activities in Ghana, Australia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Daniel has been teaching impact evaluation, research method courses, and social policy analysis over the past 8 years at graduate levels and at various professional development workshops in Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Australia. Daniel’s expertise and interest are in research designs, theory-based mixed-method impact evaluation, with matched capacity for both quantitative modelling and qualitative analysis. Daniel’s current project is examining the impact of the introduction of a reablement strategy -an emerging global practice model for community and home-based care for older people in Australia. Daniel’s future research project will be examining informal dementia care among Aboriginals in Australia, political economy of aged care in different contexts, decolonizing social science research, and examining different models of promoting social interaction in old age. Daniel’s general research interest areas are:

  • Evaluation of social development interventions
  • Social protection systems
  • Active ageing and optimal function – reablement, community and home-based care
  • Dementia and informal caregiving
  • Child protection

Webinar Moderator -Kwesi Acquah Sam

Association of African Universities

Policy Webinar Series 2019

1 Comment

  1. Karanja nguku says:

    Have been participating in your online programs coordinated by one able Dr Makuku. Quality assurance in research
    Currently our department is conducting two grant research projects and we are waiting for more if our proposal goes through
    All these projects is after our mutual collaboration with colleges and institutes of Canada
    Kindly if you have grants research project which we can participate in please send to me so that we try our best
    Karanja nguku
    The nyeri National polytechnic( kenya)

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