Staff Trained in Proposal Writing

As the VC challenges faculty to up their game.

Staff Trained in Proposal Writing
Participants with facilitators during proposal writing workshop at Methodist Guest House, Nairobi on 22-23rd June 2017

TU-K scholars have been challenged to engage in research activities to develop themselves as well as provide solutions to the myriad challenges facing humanity.

Speaking when he opened a two-day intensive proposal-writing workshop for TU-K Faculty on Thursday June 22, 2017, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Aduol said the hallmark of any academic is the quality of research they generate.

The VC noted with concern that although TU-K has in the recent past attracted many PhDs, their research output was still very low. “We have hired many professors, associate professors and PhD holders but I am not convinced they are conducting sufficient research.“

Prof Aduol emphasized that the University will continue providing every possible support to enable staff conduct research and publish but they must take the initiative.

The VC encouraged the participants to take advantage of the training and apply for grants to enable them conduct useful research and in the process publish in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

The workshop was organized by the Directorate of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the Methodist Guest House, Nairobi. The facilitators were professors Anne Muigai (JKUAT), Linda Ethangatta (African Nazarene University), Peter Ngure (CARTA and TU-K) and Tom Kwanya  from TU-K.

The participants were mainly PhD holders and two PhD students drawn from different departments at TU-K.

The Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Prof Fiona Mbai emphasised the importance of the training and challenged the participants to be active and cut a research niche in their areas of specialization. Prof Mbai said many funding organizations frequently call for grant proposals to generate research that may provide solutions to challenges facing humanity.

“It doesn’t make sense to keep complaining about access to support our research activities yet there is a lot of grants out there waiting for you to convince the grants to fund research,” said Prof Mbai.

The facilitators took the participants through the dos and don’ts of writing grant-winning proposals. Prior to the workshop, The Directorate of Research and Knowledge Exchange organised a one-day introduction to how to navigate and access thousands of grant opportunities on the web platform managed by the Research Professional. TU-K is an active subscriber and members of faculty interested in research are already registered.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Dr Mary Mugambi of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics said the workshop was one of the best she has ever attended. “I thought when I obtained my PhD, I had arrived. In fact I have today learnt that I have a mountain to climb in as far as grant writing is concerned. I have learnt that I know so little about writing a grant-winning proposal.”

Dr. Hedmound Okari of the Department of Business Administration and Management said the facilitators were brilliant. “We have learnt so much from them. The participants too were very active and their review comments on the proposals we presented were very useful.”

Okari expressed gratitude to Prof Mbai for working tirelessly to make the workshop a success.