A. Course Description:
A research proposal is a preliminary plan or set of ideas for a study supported by literature review or previous studies/ observations that is intended to convince others including funders that a project is worth doing. Protocol, on the other hand, refers to a detailed set of procedures for a proposed project or activities supported by preliminary studies or evidence from other research. Often times, researchers are not able to produce proposals/ protocols of good quality which often results into IRB rejecting their protocol or not able to get support from funding agencies. This course will assist health research professionals build a quality research proposal or protocol from their drafts that is ready for submission to funding agencies and ethical review committees.

B. Expected Outcome:
A proposal and/or protocol that is submitted to funding agencies and ethical review committees.

C. Course Length:
The course will be conducted for 5 days.
1st day: 08:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
2nd day: 08:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
3rd day: 08:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
4th day: 08:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
5th day: 08:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

D. Intended Audience:
The target participants are health professionals/ researchers (clinicians, nurses, laboratorians, biologists) who are either starting or refining a draft of a grant proposal or protocol of their research work.

E. Language of the Course:
The course will be conducted using the English language.

F. Course Requirement:
The participants must submit their concept paper or draft with a working title and preliminary objectives (ideally approved by their supervisor).

G. Training Methodology:
This course shall be taught using the following training methodologies and techniques:
1. Classroom Training
• Powerpoint Presentation
2. Interactive Training
• Q & A Session
3. Hands-on Training
• Drills (Writing Exercises)

H. Training Content:
Module 1: Overview of Grant Proposal and Protocol Writing
Module 2: Introduction, Literature Review, and SMART Objectives
Module 3: Appropriate Study Design and Procedures
Module 4: Plan of Analysis
Module 5: Ethical Considerations
Module 6: Budget Estimation and Preparation
Module 7: Integration of Research Grant or Protocol

I. Training Evaluation

J. Certificates of Training:
Certificate of completion will be given to participants who have attended at least 90% of the training course.
Certificate of participation will be given to participants after satisfactory fulfilling all course requirements.

For more information, please contact RITM RTC at info.ritmrtc@gmail.com