Research management

The scientific research management support package addresses training on scientific research methods and tools, access to functioning advanced scientific equipment and cross cultural research collaboration.  The scientific research management support package requires significant input from the researchers and commitment by the scientific institution management.

Real-time Outcome Planning and Evaluation Scientific (ROPE-Sci)
The ROPE-Sci is a research management programme design and evaluation planning tool that ensures equal partnership, measures progress and compiles lesson learned. ROPE-Sci provides a strategy for designing programmes based on the needs and the knowledge of the partners, identification of the means required in order to overcome challenges, development of a sustainable economy plan, and establishing the necessary institutional capacity. The ROPE-Sci addresses a logical relationship between the inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impact of a program. The purpose is (as with any logical model)  to assess the causal relationships between the elements of the program; if the resources are available for a program, then the activities can be implemented, if the activities are implemented successfully then outputs are provided, certain outcomes can then be expected short term and impact can be expected long-term.

Outcome based scientific capacity strengthening workshops (OBS-Sci)
HR&S offers an outcome based research management programme addressing eight areas of significant importance for researchers:
ONE        The scientific method and research funding.
TWO        Research methods and tools.
THREE   Publishing scientific results and scientific communication.
FOUR      Scientific supervision and leadership.
FIVE        Implementation of scientific results.
SIX          Entrepreneurship for researchers.
SEVEN   Advanced scientific equipment operational and financial planning (FAST).
EIGHT    Cross-cultural partnership for researchers (CUP- Sci).

The OBS-Sci programme operates and measures progress towards goals identified by the researchers themselves. All programmes requires significant input from the researchers and commitment by the scientific institution management. A sequence of different activities is offered until the goal is reached, such as trainings, workshops, individual coaching, round table discussions, internet searches, access to scientific literature, visits to laboratories, procurement and management of advanced scientific equipment, networking, scientific conferences, international knowledge sharing platforms, and links to research grant givers. The programme addresses research topics that have been chosen by the researchers themselves, both internationally prioritised topics but also neglected research areas that may be more relevant for non-OECD countries. 

Laboratory management
The Laboratory management support package provides guidance on equipment and laboratory management with the aim to provide researchers with access to functioning advanced scientific equipment. The Support packags addresses the selection, procurement, transportation, installation, quality assurance, accreditation, use, service, maintenance and decommissioning of advanced scientific equipment. It also offers tools for the development of a Central laboratory with a sustainable economy; stakeholder meetings; technician forums and identification of reliable suppliers.

On-going
Introductory meetings have been held with University of Nairobi in Kenya, Makerere University in Uganda, University of Rwanda and INES-Ruhengeri in Rwanda. Disussions have been had with Kara university in Togo, University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and University of Zambia in Zambia.

Finances
Already invested:
HR&S: EUR 10,000 (in-kind)

Donations requested, per country: EUR 60,000
- Core work: 10,000
- Travels (five): 5,000
- Workshops and workshop follow-up (five): 25,000
- Procuring one piece of scientific equipment (pilot-case): 20,000