Building Grants Management Capacity at Aga Khan University

The Challenge
Although research investigators from institutions in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) are increasingly recipients of large international grants, administrative support necessary to seamlessly submit applications, process and manage funds, comply with donor institutions and oversee human resources is often lacking. Structured, directed training for administrative staff in such institutions is needed, but administrators rarely have access to this.

Aga Khan University (AKU) has multiple locations and campuses throughout the world with a specific emphasis on supporting research and training in LMICs including East Africa where campuses have been established in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Its grants management infrastructure is newly established and growing.

Project Goals
The goals of this program are to: 1) understand the needs and gaps in research administration and management at AKU in Nairobi, Kenya; 2) improve the knowledge and skills of AKU research administrators and grant managers; and 3) strengthen the ability of AKU research administrators and grant managers to submit successful NIH, CDC, and other donor-funded HIV grant applications.

Our Approach
TREE is working with the University of Washington (UW) to provide grants management training at AKU. Our program is engaged in several key activities including: 1) an assessment of the AKU research administrative infrastructure by UW program faculty with expertise in grants management; 2) implementation of in-person training workshops at AKU in Nairobi by UW program faculty covering topics such as financial accountability, equipment management, the development and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs); 3) site visits to the UW in Seattle, USA by AKU trainees; 4) ongoing mentorship by UW program faculty for AKU administrative staff; and 5) offering online courses in financial and grant management.

Funding
This program is funded by a G11 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center.

To Apply
For more information on how to apply please email norah.matheka@aku.edu