DFID-Royal Society Africa Capacity Building Initiative

The CRU Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation Team comprises Imelda Bates (Head, CRU) and Stefanie Gregorius (post-doctoral researcher) with additional support provided by other CRU academic and administrative team members at LSTM. Dr Gregorius is responsible for day-to-day management of the project and academic and strategic oversight is provided by Prof Bates. CRU academic members provide relevant inter-disciplinary expertise, for example in laboratory systems, and support for logistics, travel arrangements and financial monitoring are provide by CRU administrative staff.



Through this project CRU is supporting DFID and the Royal Society to takea scientific approach to strengthening research capacity for science in Africa. CRU provides sessions  on developing sustainable research capacity for all consortia during Programme Grant meetings. By working closely with consortia through interviews and sites visits we have been able to influence changes to the grant-making process and have developed ways of describing baseline research capacity in consortium’s partners, tracking and comparing progress, and learning lessons to inform real-time enhancements to the programme. 

How CRU works with research consortia

  • This is a DFID-funded programme in partnership with the Royal Society. CRU operate independently but in collaboration with both organisations.
  • The Award Holders are the main point of contact for CRU within each of the institutions and consortia. Through the Award Holders, the CRU team also engages with researchers, doctoral students and research support staff such as laboratory technicians, Research Offices and Graduate Schools
  • The CRU team meets with consortia members either in the UK, usually at consortia meetings, or during site visits to African institutions. Reports of site visits are provided for Award Holders and highlight particular strengths or gaps as well as examples of good or innovative practice

CRU shares relevant resources and new knowledge about how to do effective research capacity strengthening with consortia members, with the wider science community and with the Royal Society and DFID through a variety of media including e-mails, reports, publications and presentations.