The Field Epidemiology Society of Kenya (FESK) & Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (KFELTP) held a workshop titled “Grant Research and Grant Writing” on 19th – 22nd August 2019 at 67 Airport Hotel, Machakos. The facilitator was JR Ransom, the Director of Research & Evaluation, Piret Partners Consulting, Washington, DC, USA.

The goal of the workshop was to improve FELTP faculty and alumni ability to research and respond to grant requests for applications  (RFAs).

The objective of the workshop was to:

  1. Highlight grant consolidation sites that faculty and alumni should subscribe to
  2. Teach basic steps to respond to grant RFAs and how to review them for strategic alignment
  3. Teach basic steps that can help improve individual/organization odds of receiving a grant award
  4. Improve basic grant-writing skills & how to pull components together into a full grant proposal

The FESK and FELTP leadership present for the workshop were:

  1. Waqo Boru – Chairman, FESK (Cohort 5 alumni)
  2. Josephine Githaiga – Program Head, FELTP
  3. Maurice Owinyi – Scientific Writer, AFENET
  4. Andrew Sitati – Program Manager, AFENET
  5. Hellen Titany – Program Assistant, AFENET
  6. Elvis Oyugi – Field Coordinator, FELTP (Cohort 10 alumni)
  7. Jane Githuku– Field Coordinator, FELTP (Cohort 8 alumni)

Some of the topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts – how they differ
  • How to search for grant RFAs
  • Websites and organizations that consolidate information on all types of available grants
  • Developing organizational capacity to search for and respond to RFAs
  • Important procedures to follow to improve odds of receiving a grant
  • Reading the guidelines and writing the grant
  • Grant budgets and budget justifications


Each participant was required to complete and present to the group for critique:

  • a grant narrative;
  • work plan;
  • budget and budget narrative; and
  • logic model

At the end of the 3.5-day course, FELTP faculty and staff administered a 14-item evaluation questionnaire. The items were to assess participant satisfaction with the overall course, the quality of materials used to teach the concepts, and the performance of the facilitators. These data are used to tweak delivery and materials as we continue to help FELTP residents, staff, and alumni improve their grant seeking and writing skills.

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