LoA Institute

Grant Writing and Funding (GWF) Workshop

Accelerating impactful research through the mobilization of resources

Quality research requires resources and partnerships. As a researcher, you are responsible for everything from preparation to write-up. Each piece of the research process has a cost whether in money or time. Because we care so much about the outcomes of the research, we may find ourselves writing off costs, self-funding aspects of the research, or severely limiting the scope of our work. The ever-increasing demands for rigorous research mean that we need to develop and implement cutting-edge research designs and tools. This comes at an increasing cost. The Grant Writing and Funding (GWF) Workshop 2024 is about identifying the true cost of our research and the real value that our research has for key stakeholders and broader society. When we know how to articulate the value of our work, we can garner significant resources and engage broader audiences for social impact.

About the Program

The Grant Writing and Funding Workshop is a program of the Leaders of Africa Institute. The workshop builds on the curriculum of the Institute’s award-winning Research Methods Program by offering personalized mentorship, stakeholder and resource mobilization skills, rigorous and advanced grant writing instruction, and a supportive international research community. The program is open to all fields from public health to social science and is a perfect fit for researchers, lecturers and professors, graduate students, and social innovators.

Features

Finding and Assessing Funding Opportunities

The Grant Writing and Funding (GWF) Workshop provides instruction and support for finding and assessing grant opportunities. Putting together a funding application is time-consuming. Therefore, one of the key tenets of funding success is applying to the right opportunities and not chasing every existing opportunity. In the GWF, we cover different types of funding opportunities, where to find quality opportunities, how to read a call for proposals, and how to assess the fit for our research projects. We will also discuss background research on funding opportunities, including interpreting a funder’s existing portfolio of support. Assessing funding opportunities is the first step to understanding what the funder actually wants and requires.

Crafting Grant Proposals

Grant writing is just one genre of research writing and has a specific set of expectations. During the program, we examine different rubrics for assessing grant proposals and discuss how the assessment criteria should shape our approach to the grant proposal. The program covers standard and non-standard grant proposal templates. In the program, we provide instruction on how to exceed the expectations for each section of a grant proposal (e.g., framing, work plan, original contribution, social impact, and public engagement).

Transparent Budgeting

A major part of a grant proposal or application is the financial ask. The program covers processes for creating budgets that will reasonably cover the research work from start to finish, and how to justify budgetary items in the funding proposal.

Research Writing

Grant writing involves framing your research and emphasizing the expected impact in ways that can be understood by reviewers within and outside of (or adjacent to) your area of expertise. Many calls for proposals and applications are broad enough that non-experts may review your proposal. In the program, we practice balancing our in-depth field knowledge with accessibility.

Engagement with Funding Stakeholders

Engaging with relevant organizations and individuals in advance of sharing a grant proposal can be beneficial in most cases. Many times this occurs indirectly through our previous research and collaborations and other times directly by reaching out to relevant stakeholders. The program provides approaches to strategically engaging with stakeholders such that mobilizing support and resources becomes more likely and consistent.

Personal Mentorship

The program offers mentoring and a personalized relationship with instructors. The program also offers a framework for international networking and building research relationships that span the globe. Participants will also have access to the Leaders of Africa Institute’s professional network.

Important Dates & Info

Registration Open: January 18, 2024

Registration Close: February 7, 2024

Program Dates: Full Workshop Meetings will be February 11th, 18th, 25th, and March 3rd at ~3 PM UTC

Program Format:

Live Synchronous Virtual Cloud Classroom (~2 hours per week)

Benefits & Qualifications

Official LoAI Certificate

A Partial or Completed Grant for a Specific Opportunity OR a Template for Future Opportunities

Experience with Grant Budgeting

Access to the Leaders of Africa Institute Professional Network

Registration Requirements

The Grant Writing and Funding (GWF) Workshop 2024 does not require an application, but it does require two registration steps. First, you must complete the Registration Form. The Registration Form offers an opportunity to share with the Leaders of Africa Institute and your instructors important information that shapes the personalized support you receive throughout the workshop program:
  • Basic Contact Information
  • Professional Profile
    • Curriculum vitae / resume
    • Bio
    • Professional Headshot Photo
    • Research Background
  • Get To Know You
    • What are your research, thematic, and professional interests?
    • What shaped your interest in research?
    • What do you hope to learn from the Grant Writing and Funding Workshop at the Leaders of Africa Institute?
    • What is your experience applying for research funding and grants? What successes have you had and what challenges have you faced? If you do not have experience, you can share this.
    • How will this workshop help you meet or achieve your career and educational goals?
After completing the Registration Form, the Institute will review your registration and then you will receive a link to the Fee Payment Confirmation Form and relevant instructions within 24 hours or sooner. Both steps must be completed by the February 7th registration deadline at 11:59 PM UTC. Space in the cohort is limited and opportunities will be given to those who register on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the registration closes this will be noted here on the Leaders of Africa Institute’s website and the registration form will close.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Grant Writing and Funding Workshop 2024 is open to all fields and from all countries internationally.
The Grant Writing and Funding (GWF) Workshop 2024 does not require an application, but it does require two registration steps. First, you must complete the Registration Form. The Registration Form offers an opportunity to share with the Leaders of Africa Institute and your instructors important information that shapes the personalized support you receive throughout the workshop program. After completing the Registration Form, the Institute will review your registration and then you will receive a link to the Fee Payment Confirmation Form and relevant instructions within 24 hours or sooner. Both steps must be completed by the February 7th registration deadline. Space in the cohort is limited and opportunities will be given to those who register on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the registration closes this will be noted here on the Leaders of Africa Institute’s website and the registration form will close.
It is very important to complete the Registration Form carefully since the Leaders of Africa Institute and your instructors will review your responses and ensure that the workshop meets your specific needs.
The total tuition for the Grant Writing and Funding (GWF) Workshop is 500 USD. The Leaders of Africa Institute subsidizes the tuition through Impact Scholarships. If you are presently based in an African country, the remaining fee is 130 USD while for other countries it is 200 USD.

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