The Office for Research Support (ORS) in collaboration with Yale Office of Sponsored Research was awarded a grant by NIH for a project titled “Capacity Building for Enhanced Research Administration (CaBERA) at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research” for capacity building of the ORS and establishing an office of sponsored research in two identified universities in Ghana.
One of the aims of the project is to train the NMIMR Research Faculty using customized modules relevant to the Institute’s research environment.
In view of this a Research Management Training Workshop was held at the Institute for research and administrative assistants on the 12th and 13th of September 2017.
The Director, Prof. Kwabena Mante Bosompem, in his welcome address mentioned that a training like this, was essential in enhancing the research knowledge of NMIMR staff who are the driving force of the Institute.
The Coordinator of the ORS, Nana Oye Aniapam in her presentation informed participants of the responsibilities of the ORS to provide pre and post award administrative services for sponsored projects as well as to help ensure the overall effective coordination of research administration service, system, policies and processes. “Over the past twelve years since the office was established, it had grown to become a full fleshed unit with affable and hardworking staff, who see to the effective running of the office”. Ms. Aniapam said the unit’s challenges were inadequate institutionalized professional development in research administration, and lack of a Faculty reviewing unit to critical review proposals before submission. Delving further into its financial challenges, she made appealed to the accounts section to initiate a process that would ease access of funds to Principal investigators (PI) to make research work more effective.
She again mentioned that, NMIMR has made certain significant hallmarks in maintaining a high class that sought to compete with other grant award winning institutions and is currently working around five million dollars’ worth projects.
Miss Griselda Annan, a from ORS presented on the relevance of communication as a leadership and management tool which is very critical in research management. She said “communication is the project manager’s briefcase and the tool used to generate and reduce conflict”.
A presentation was also made on identifying grant opportunities by Ms. Isabella Rockson, from the college of health sciences. She enlightened participants on how to find, submit and track grant. Some of the grant opportunities can be found on the NIH website, Grants.gov. and status of submissions checked on eRA commons. She also mentioned the various budget categories essential in submitting a grant.
The workshop came to an end with the Director urging the administrative and the research assistants present to help build a research network at their various departments. Whilst applauding the seriousness shown by participants to the training, he also urged them to apply the skills acquired for building an Institutional work excellence.
Certificates were awarded to participants to climax the event.