I would like to begin by extending a thank you to organizers who recognized and awarded me the John Robinson Travel award to enable me to attend the 2022 SRAI Annual Meeting. I also wish to extend a thank you to the organizers of the 2022 SRAI Annual Meeting in general for their untiring efforts and dedication.
Thank you kindly for this acknowledgement, having considered me worthy of this Award. Not only does winning the John Robinson Travel Award make me feel proud, it is an opportunity to boost the reputation of my institution, Makerere University and cement credibility in the field of research management.
My colleagues, with great joy, learned that I won the SRAI John Robinson Travel Award and are also appreciative. This award will encourage my fellow researchers and administrators to choose and stay loyal to Makerere University. I feel greatly honored because this award increases our chances of building and strengthening partnerships and collaborations with international research administrators and institutions. I feel more energized to create new opportunities and expand on the existing network of young researchers within and beyond Makerere University.
I feel very encouraged by this recognition and am happy to learn especially from SRAI that my skills have improved since I joined because it was on this basis that you recognized and gave me the awarded.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? Winning this award is and opportunity and accomplishment of my untiring efforts and past three years persistence in applying for travel awards to attend SRAI.
I am a fellow on the IREX’s University Administration Support Program (UASP) Fellowship in Research Management. The fellowship activities are designed to support participants in building their universities into leading research institutions that impact their communities and beyond. Following my one year of participation I have been able to implement reforms including a future with an environment where research thrives, strategies for building resilient research systems, and strategies for strengthening research administration systems and structures to support research which are functional actively communicated and understood at Makerere University and integrated into the growing UASP alumni and research expert network.
I am enrolled in the two-year Professional Certificate in Research Management course awarded by the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). This has equipped me with knowledge and skills Pre-Award and successfully handling online Proposal Applications for Makerere university. I have supported 35-proposal submissions and tracking in the last quarter of these of 2022 and 18 of these have been awarded.
In addition, I have accomplished certificates in; Grants and Contracts Management, Research Ethics and Integrity, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), Program Evaluation.
From 26 October to 29 October 2021, I attended the SARIMA Conference 2021, in which the main aim was to explore Strengthening Research Ecosystems in Low and Middle Income Countries through Research Management Competency Development.
I have participated in the inception meetings of over 31 awarded grants awarded under Makerere University College of Health Sciences in the last quarter of 2022.
I have supported to completion the development of the grants office website and newsletter. I have supported in sharing 130 funding announcements from different funders in the last two years that has supported mobilization of resources thorough grants that are responded to and won by researchers.
I have organized three successful training workshops to build capacity of grants and contracts office staff, which resulted in training to a total of 52 staff, now equipped the with skills to support researchers in grant management.
I have attracted external researchers to work with Makerere College of Health Sciences, Grants Office, sharing experience and skills.