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  1. National Commission for Science & Technology Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative Dr Mathildah Chithila Programme Manager

  2. Introduction • HRCSI is a programme implemented by NCST • Five year programme • Funded by Wellcome Trust and DFID

  3. NCST Mandate To advise Government & other Stakeholders on all Science and Technology Matters in order to achieve Science & Technology led Development

  4. Key Programs in NCST

  5. HRCSI Mission To strengthen health research capacity and empower researchers to collaborate effectively within and across institutions through funding opportunities in Malawi

  6. Governance of HRCSI • NCST Board • oversight over implementation and financial management • Multidisciplinary Health Research Committee (MHRC) • review of applications and making funding recommendation to the Board

  7. HRCSI KEY OUTPUTS

  8. HRCSI SCHEMES

  9. Other initiatives • Research priority setting • Co-funding of research dissemination conferences • Bio-ethics training

  10. Achievements • Training fellowships • HRCSI has awarded: • 37 training fellowships • 6 PhD and 31 MSc awardees. • 8 of the MSc students have completed studies and resumed work in Malawi. • Health research career development • BSc to MSc • MSc to PhDs • Health research career

  11. Achievements • Research grants • Capacity building through research grants • 2 pursuing PhD degrees through MaRCH study • 4 doing Msc degrees through a TB Health Education Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial in Ntcheu District

  12. Achievements • Dissemination of research results • Financially supported Research Dissemination Conferences • CoM, Poly, NCST and local researchers • Research papers presented at various national and international conferences by HRCSI grantees • Undergraduate student research grant • Training fellowship awardees • Research grant recipients • Publications emerging from both research grant recipients and training fellowship awardees

  13. Achievements • Undergraduate Research Grants • 397 undergraduate students awarded grants • Further training opportunities for HRCSI funded undergraduate students • Increased research interest among undergraduate students and lecturers in constituent colleges of the university of Malawi

  14. Achievements to date • Health research priority setting • HRCSI facilitated development of the National Health Research Agenda. • NHRA now a policy document that will guide research priorities in Malawi for the period 2012-2016.

  15. Achievements • Programme level collaboration and partnerships • COHRED and HRCSI: enhancement of health research information systems • CNHR and HRCSI : information sharing on lessons learnt • HRCSI and IDRC: technical assistance on knowledge management • HRCSI and MoH: NHRA development • HRCSI and CoM: bioethics training • HRCSI and PwC: grant systems strengthening

  16. Partnerships and collaboration at Project level

  17. Partnerships at Project level

  18. ENHANCING SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY IN MALAWI Contact the NCST/HRCSI… Website: www.ncst.mw Telephone: 01 774 475 Email: hrcsi@ncst.mw