Grant Proposal Writing Training Has Been Given To PSI Staff

 A two-day training on grant proposal writing was conducted for the junior staff of Policy Studies Institute (PSI). The objective of the training was to help junior staff write successful grant proposals. During the opening of the two-day training, the Director General of PSI, H.E. Prof. Beyene Petros emphasized that resources are very limited and contested nowadays, although there are numerous ways to mobilize from governmental and non-governmental sources.

Various local and global partners have a strong interest in working with PSI, but require solid technical evidence to convince them and ensure that the issues being considered for joint engagement are in the mutual interest and impact-oriented. Grant Proposal Writing 3


H.E. Professor Beyene Petros emphasized that PSI should mobilize any form of resources and become completely independent of government support in a long-term strategy. Prof. Beyene added that many of the Institute's previous institutional links continue so that it can pave the way for its full independence in the future. This training is an opportunity for PSI to strengthen and further consolidate its relationships, especially with international academic and development partners. Professor Beyene also stressed that PSI is undergoing a very comprehensive reform to increase its institutional productivity and be able to be competent among think tanks to gain international reputation in the sector. One of the most important actions that PSI is taking is to upgrade the skills of its internal staff through soft skills training. To make this a reality, one of the most important activities planned in the new fiscal years under the new center is to support internal staff in the preparation of grant writing proposals. After this keynote speech, Prof. Beyene officially opened the training.

The two-day training was delivered by Dr. Tigabu Degu and Dr. Balew Demissie of PSI and by Professor Alemu Mekonnen of Addis Ababa University. During the training, Dr. Balew highlighted why we write grants and how we search grants. He also discussed understanding the objectives and identifying the key elements of the RFP, identifying partners and building a consortium, and identifying stakeholders and the most common reasons for proposal rejection. Next, Dr. Tigubu Degu explained developing a competitive grant proposal. He put emphasis on common challenges in grant proposal writing, grant proposal format, organizational issues in grant proposal writing, research issues, and relationships. Dr. Tigabu also called attention to hypothesis (null/alternative), conceptual framework, theory of change, theoretical model,  and empirical model. He also underscored data sources such as primary/survey data vs. secondary/administrative data, type of data such as quantitative vs. qualitative. For quantitative data, he discussed cross-sectional data, pooled data, longitudinal data, and time series. For qualitative data, he discussed FGD, KII, in-depth interviews, and participatory research. He also highlighted the data collection method, data quality assurance mechanism, sampling method, hypothesis testing, data analysis method and evaluation plans. Finally, he emphasized the implementation plan, timeline, expected outcomes and impacts, expected challenges, staffing and budgeting.

Prof. Alemu Mekonen also spoke about the development of grant proposals. Prof. Alemu emphasized the various components of grant proposal writing, such as understanding the call, table of contents, teams and partnerships, research idea, project description, policy contribution, Bios, timeline, budget and budget justification, references, appendix, drafting and revising, abstract/abstract, writing techniques, pre-submission review, and other topics.

In conclusion, Mr. Yirgalem Nigussie, Coordinator in the Office of the Executive Director of PSI, said that this training helps PSI staff to actively engage in resource mobilization and expand policy research interventions. Specifically, the training provides the staff with skills and knowledge to develop grant proposals, scale up research interventions in different thematic areas, promote Institute partnerships, and increase the visibility of PSI in both international and local working environments. He also emphasized that the training will pave the way for PSI to become independent of government support in the long run. The two-day training was successfully completed.


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