The African Caribbean Cancer Consortium Grant Writing Immersion program is an intellectually challenging and simulating program for researchers in the Caribbean and Africa. The program aims to provide participants with the knowledge and tools to foster stronger research activities and improve their ability to secure collaborative grant funding. Program participants receive research readiness and grant-writing training through 12 interactive workshops lasting 2 to 4 hours and one-on-one mentorship. The workshops feature didactic sessions from researchers on the grant writing process and interactive writing and feedback sessions. Participants are matched with a highly talented senior researcher who mentors them through the process of writing their own research proposals.
The goal of the Grant Writing Immersion Program is to train the participants to write stronger and more effective research proposals, help them increase their chances at preparing successful grant applications for the National Institute of Health (US) and other funding institutions, and increase the number of trained African and Caribbean researchers to lead and collaborate on high impact research. The 2020 writing immersion program brought together researchers and mentors from Bahamas, Benin, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya and the United States, with speakers from prestigious research and academic institutions in the US and abroad.
“Cell to Society Approached to Reduce Cancer Risk and Improve Outcomes among Populations of African Ancestry”
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AC3 conducts research enhancement activities for LMIC investigators i.e. short-term laboratory training, webinar training modules and a Mentor:Mentee Matching Program (M2M) designed to promote the development of research project concepts led by LMIC investigators. Our goal is to enhance and accelerate comparative translational cancer research capacity among US, Caribbean and African investigators.
A Research Readiness Training Workshop was conducted during the 7th International African Caribbean Cancer Consortium (AC3) Scientific and Training Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, on October 11-14th, 2019. Total participants in the training program were 28. Among all participants, there were 18/28 (64%) females and 10/28 (36%) males. All participants were early stage investigators (i.e. no NIH or NIH - R01 funding). LMIC trainees were from the Bahamas, Barbados, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Martinique, Namibia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago). The workshop involved didactic/interactive sessions to prepare for research collaboration and grant writing and scientific sessions that provided examples of successful collaborative research partnerships. Participants were also matched with mentors and were exposed to multiple levels of research approaches (cell to society) to address cancer in populations of African ancestry.