This is done by providing support for multidisciplinary research to individuals and institutions, and engaging policy makers in formulation of health research policies that are evidence based.
The Consortium also contributes to the building of networks and communities in research for health.
The Research Career Development Grants, 2012.
As part of its national research capacity-strengthening mandate, CNHR invites applications for Research Career Development Grants (RCDGs) from qualified Kenyan researchers (currently based in Kenya or working within the Diaspora) who wish to further develop their careers while undertaking research and training programmes in Kenya.
The grants aim at enabling successful applicants to obtain high-quality research training that will lay the foundation for a successful independent research career.
In the long-term, the aim is to build a critical mass of researchers undertaking relevant research-for-health for the betterment of Kenyans.
CNHR is planning to award twelve (12) RCDGs commencing in October 2012.
The RCDGs are being offered in collaboration with multi-institutional research-for-health collaborative set-ups such as the four CNHR-supported Centres of Research Excellence (CoReS).
The grants will be competitively offered to support the development of research ideas, or acquisition of specialized research/training skills as a step towards a productive independent research career in areas of national health priority currently focused on the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 (child health); 5 (maternal health); 6 (infectious diseases); emerging and non-communicable diseases, with improvement of Health Systems as an overarching theme.
The selection process, to be undertaken by an Expert Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC), comprising of internationally recognized researchers and policy makers, will focus on identifying individuals who are committed to attaining the highest standards in scientific research excellence, motivated to work in collaboration and partnership, and will strive to be world leaders in their chosen fields of research.
Successful applicants are likely to be those who have a good track record of achievement, exhibit passion, enthusiasm and aptitude for a long-term career research-for-health.
In addition, sound knowledge of the scientific background for the research project should be apparent, and the research chosen should be relevant to the health and development need of Kenya, focused and feasible within the timescale proposed.
Career Development Grants Eligibility
The programme encourages a systems approach to research and training and its integration with policy and practice.
Professionals undertaking research-for-health related work are therefore encouraged to participate.
Where applicable, the proposed research work needs to have received ethical approval in accordance with national and international guidelines before funds from CNHR are awarded.
The RCDG awards are open to qualified Kenyans resident in Kenya or working within the Diaspora. Researchers of other nationalities who have valid working permits, and are currently working within Kenyan institutions will also be considered, as long as they are able to demonstrate evidence of willingness to provide research service in Kenya after completion of the fellowship.
Applicants to the RCDG programme must, in addition, fulfill the following requirements:
Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.
For more information and applications, see: Request for Applications for Research Career Development Grants
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