Grant Writing and Scientific Peer Review Workshop Promotes Research Projects in Region

Organized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), St. George’s University and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) hosted a Caribbean Grant Writing and Scientific Peer Review Workshop from September 17 to 19 at the Radisson Hotel in Grenada. The workshop’s primary objectives were to increase Caribbean scientists’ participation in the grant writing and review process, develop strategies for sustainable research support, and to use grant writing skills as a means to research regional and global health problems.

“This grant writing workshop, generously supported by the NCI, aimed to help young researchers gain a valuable insight into the world of obtaining research funding from experts in this art,” said Dr. Calum Macpherson, Director of Research at St. George’s University.

Workshop participants were expected from six countries, representing such organizations as the NCI, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), CARPHA, and the PAHO. Grenada Minister of Health, the Honorable Clarisse Modeste-Curwen, formally welcomed the delegates at the opening of the workshop.

The workshop is geared to Caribbean health researchers who live and conduct research in the region and have plans to apply for grants from the National Institutes of Health and other participating agencies and organizations worldwide.  Participants gained insights into leadership and collaboration in science, developing and presenting research ideas, and protecting research ideas.  Case studies of successful grant applications rounded out the presentations.

For more information on is workshop and others like it, visit cancer.gov.