A day’s workshop on grant writing skills for members of the UENR Branch of Ghana Science Association has ended with a call on researchers to develop their skills in grantmanship to win funds for research.
Making the call, a Senior Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST) and facilitator at the workshop, Dr. Godfred Darko said donors such as DANIDA, USAID, DFID, private foundations among others were willing to fund research provided they met the standards these organizations look out for. He added that researchers should learn how to approach grantors and convince them with their proposals through the expression of interest (EOI) and write good grant reports to gain funds for their projects since the outcome of researches would provide solutions to problems in society.
He took participants through how to write concept notes in research. He said a concept notes provide an overview and summary of a research proposal adding that a concept note should have a title, executive summary to give an insight into what the entire concept entails. Dr. Darko advised the participants to ensure precision by avoiding ambiguity, redundancies, abbreviations and superfluous words among others in their research writings.
Speaking on how to write an introduction in research, Dr. Darko said the ability to write a good introduction, was the first step to writing a good proposal. He added an introduction should answer specific questions what, why, when and how the research problem affects the different groups. Dr. Darko also indicated the project description should have at least objectives and goals, methods and sustainability of the project.
Dr. Darko recommended that research results should be shared to reach larger audience such as beneficiary communities and donors. He noted that the input of activities to a project may not be impactful due to the risk involved, presumptions or believes and mitigation. In the area of budgeting, Dr. Darko urged researchers to use software to avoid over and under budgeting adding that, researchers would be required by their donors to justify funds requested for purchase purposes.
Dr. Darko mentioned vague methodology, inexperienced principal investigators, absence of objectives, incomplete aspect of science in research as some of the reasons why proposal were rejected by donors.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Harrison Dapaah who was the chairman for the programme in a brief address said research should not be by word of mouth but something to show as evidence. He said in the academic arena, it was either researchers publish or perish. Prof. Dapaah further said that the first place employers inquire for qualification was the number of publications by job seekers. He encouraged the participants not to be let down by critics and not the have the fear of their publications being rejected since these were some of the challenges that existed in the academia.