Research Capacity Strengthening Seminar Series

LSTM has been awarded Wellcome Trust funding - Institutional Translational Partnership Award (iTPA) - to undertake a two-year scheme aimed at removing barriers between research disciplines. Members of the Centre for Capacity Research joined the LSTM programme to facilitate a series of training seminars and workshops which focussed on identified bottle necks in research translation to make it easier for research to progress along the translational pathway.

Designing research capacity strengthening components within funding proposals

In this seminar Dr Justin Pulford explains how to approach writing the research capacity strengthening section of a funding proposal including systematically planning research capacity strengthening activities; designing the activities with partners; indicators for monitoring progress and collecting data against indicators; and reporting on research capacity strengthening achievements. 

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Further reading/resources

Guidance and conceptual tools to inform the design, selection, and evaluation of research capacity strengthening interventions

Strengthening capacity for natural sciences research: A qualitative assessment to identify good practices, capacity gaps and investment priorities in African research institutions

Measuring the outcome and impact of research capacity strengthening initiatives: A review of indicators used or described in the published and grey literature

A framework and indicators to improve research capacity strengthening evaluation practice

Uncovering the mechanisms of research capacity development in health and social care: a realist synthesis

Advancing the science of health research capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries: A scoping review of the published literature, 2000-2016

Qualitative study to develop processes and tools for the assessment and tracking of African institutions’ capacity for operational health research

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Research Capacity Strengthening

Tools and instruments for needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation of health research capacity development activities at the individual and organizational level: a systematic review

A practical and systematic approach to organisational capacity strengthening for research in the health sector in Africa

Indicators for tracking programmes to strengthen health research capacity in lower- and middle-income countries: a qualitative synthesis

Frameworks for evaluating health research capacity strengthening: A qualitative study

Building capacity in health research in the developing world

How to create and use a theory of change/pathway to impact

Join Prof Imelda Bates in this CCR seminar exploring what a theory of change/pathway to impact is, why they are useful, and who they are for. Prof Bates also discusses what content should be included and how partners can design and refine their project’s own theory of change/pathway to impact.

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How to manage research consortia

Dr Nadia Tagoe (KEMRI-Wellcome Trust) talks about the process for selecting and managing partners and how to decide on roles, responsibilities, governance and allocating resources. Dr Tagoe reflects on research consortia coordination and monitoring, as well as tips for managing tensions and trade-offs between excellence and equity, short- and long-term outputs, and consortium and institutional needs. 

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Teamwork to prepare funding proposals

Prof Imelda BatesLorelei Silvester and Susie Crossman provide guidance and tips for preparing and submitting a typical funding proposal, looking at ways that teamwork can be used to streamline the process.

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Further reading/resources

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)

NIHR - Funding

Wellcome Trust - How to write a grant application

Vitae Development

How to optimise cross-disciplinary research collaborations

In this seminar, Dr Yan Ding discuss the difference between multi-, inter-, trans- and cross-disciplinary research collaborations and how to actively plan them. In addition, Dr Ding explores activities that researchers, institutions and funders can do to promote cross-disciplinary research collaborations and how to demonstrate progress and success.

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How to measure research outcomes and impact

Dr Justin Pulford discusses how to measure research outcomes and impact including how to plan for outcomes and impact from the beginning of a project, the careful selection of indicators that are meaningful to partners and funders, and measurable, and how to show your project is on a trajectory to achieve impact.

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Incorporating PhD studentships into projects: how to enhance the students’ experience

Dr Taghreed El Hajj discusses the factors impacting PhDs including the challenges and enablers to success. The seminar also explores how to bridge capacity gaps and how to foster students’ research work including how to harness the benefits of research consortia membership. Dr El Hajj also examines how institutions can enhance PhD students’ overall experience.

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