The International Extramural Associates Research Development Award (IEARDA)

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Background and objectives

JCRC was also granted this award, and implementation of its activities for Five Years Award ( 2010 - 2015). Project Title: Strengthening Research Training and Administrative capacity of Office of Research and Development. This is funded by Funded by: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Number: 1G11HD065299-01.

The goal of this International Extramural Research Development Award (EARDA) is to develop cadres of research administrators that can address current and future NIH and other funding agencies' grants policies and procedures, and to strengthen the research and grant administrative infrastructure at JCRC and its affiliated institutions. Broadly, proposed program activities involve strengthening Office of Research and Development (ORD).

Specific objectives for proposal are

  • To strengthen the research training capacity and administrative infrastructure of the Office of Research and Development (ORD) at Joint Clinical Research Centre ( JCRC) and the capability of its affiliated institutions.
  • To assist affiliated academic and research institutions in standardization and completing mandatory registration necessary for NIH electronic grant applications.
  • To foster and strengthen collaboration among social science, medical, clinical, and  public health disciplines so that trainees can develop capacity to manage multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.
  • To strengthen the capacity of the office of research and development personnel to spearhead the translation of research findings into practice and policy advocacy thereby ensuring that evidence-based interventions from operational research are shared and  implemented efficiently in order to  improve health services, and
  • To provide the JCRC International Extramural Associate (IEA) with training on NIH grantmanship so as to obtain knowledge and skills required to effectively administer NIH and other agencies awards. Participating Institutions Joint Clinical Research Center (JCRC) (Awadee Institution), Uganda Christian University Mukono and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)

IEARDA Activities

Identify, regularly disseminate information on training, conference, seminars,  grant opportunities and other  relevant  issues, Review JCRC research policy document, develop generic research policy  for review of research policies at MUST  and Mukono Universities, Training workshop in Grants writing and Award Administration and management, Engaging the public in Research,  Research ethics, introduction to dissemination and implementation research, Data collection methods and facility based data management, Introduction to research administration, Research compliance and Intellectual Property Rights etc.

IEARDA Achievements

The program has commenced recently, and its achievements are yet to be registered

For enquiries please contact: Florence Mirembe  or Nelson Kakande