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PEER VISIT A LEARNING EXPERIENCE

A team from MUST- MESAU comprised of members of the implementation committee and representatives from different departments in the Faculty of Medicine set out on a peer visit to KIU- MESAU the 25th January 2013 to see, learn and share experiences as consortium members. It was a visit of its kind!

An exciting visit I must say; on reaching KIU we were warmly welcomed by Prof. Nshaho the KIU MESAU PI and his team who thanked MUST MESAU for initiating the idea of the visit. At first they were not sure what to do with us but later the two teams felt at ease with each other and let nature take its course. The two teams were able to freely interact and share experiences from the work they are doing in the respective institutions.

KIU-MESAU has a very determined PI who tirelessly took the MUST MESAU team around the massive University and hospital proudly showing the endowment of KIU; it was a very informative tour because MUST was able to appreciate what they luck and can learn from KIU. The tour however seemed too long for the MUST team who were keen to sit down for a one on one discussion about the progress and performance of MEPI-MESAU project in KIU MESAU. When that moment, came, it was evident more of these visits were necessary as live experiences where shared openly and people had open ears to learn from each other! The discussions went on and on until a strict time keeper was deployed to manage time so that the discussions can conclude but with all areas covered.  

The most exciting of the tour which cannot go unspoken of was the nursing skills laboratory at KIU. For the Administrators who had never gone into demonstration rooms for medics, the models were very hilarious especially the ones for obstetrics and gynecology and yet very educative. It was amazing looking at a demonstration of the inside of a human body!

A lot was discovered, shared and learnt in the peer visit between the two institutions. Both sides were excited about cordial relationships and pledged to share whatever is within their means for the good of the consortium. There may be many weaknesses, and threats today, but there are also many strengths and opportunities in the offing which once gripped on, the sky will be the limit!

As the saying goes, we learn by seeing. Peer visits across the consortium may be a springboard for improvement as experiences shared expose the weak areas an initiate performance!

By: Samantha & Edith

 

Guide to Preparing Proposals

Initial Contact with Sponsor

A key element of successful proposal writing is establishing a relationship with your potential sponsor early on in the process. The purpose of the initial contact is to confirm the common areas of interest of the sponsor and the PI. Having a contact at the funding agency can greatly facilitate writing the full proposal, serve as a resource for answering questions, and shepherd the proposal through the review process.

Components of a Proposal

The format or presentation of a particular proposal will depend on the requirements of the sponsor to whom you are applying. Most sponsors have developed policies and procedures for the submission of proposals and may require the use of specific application forms. Other sponsors are less directive. In any case, PIs should obtain most recent versions of guidelines and should follow the required proposal format.

The following may be used as a guide to components of the proposal, when requirements are not specific:

Title Page– includes the title and duration of the project, amount requested, name and address of the PI and of the institutional contact (in most cases, G&CA).

 Abstract or Proposal Summary – describes the objectives, methodology and significance of the proposed project. The abstract should be able to stand alone and should provide the reader with a first impression of the request.

 Introduction– should specifically and concisely state the importance of the research being proposed.

 Description of the Project– is the heart of the proposal and should describe what is to be undertaken and how it will be accomplished. You may wish to explore the general background of the current or previous research as well as describe the proposed program of work.

 Bibliography– a listing of references cited in the body of the proposal

 CV/Biographical Sketch – should be submitted for all key personnel, indicating background, professional interests, research capabilities and publications.

 Budget and Budget Justification – should reflect a reasonable estimate of expenses necessary to conduct the project [see model budget and budget notes link on left for a sample]. The fringe benefit/tuition/indirect cost chart (see link on left) should be consulted for the most recent fringe benefits, graduate student tuition and indirect cost rates.

 Facilities and Resources – describes equipment or other relevant resources that will be available to the project and that may be advantageous to the proposed project. Examples of such resources include: laboratory and office space, library resources, animal facilities, computer services or equipment.

 Transmittal Letter– if the sponsor does not provide a form asking for an institutional signature, G&CA may provide a cover letter to accompany the proposal which indicates Yale’s approval of the application/proposal.

 

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