On 9 August 2023, the KIX EMAP Hub held its second workshop on “Innovation to Action: Grant-Writing for Research Projects”. More than 400 participants attended this interactive event to share their experiences and ideas about how to develop a funding proposal for research grants allocated for putting innovative project ideas into action.
The event started with welcome remarks by Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Principal Researcher at KIX EMAP Hub and NORRAG. The workshop featured three speakers: Amy Crompton, KIX EMAP Hub Knowledge Lead, Rasha Sharaf, KIX EMAP Hub Knowledge Lead, and Arushi Terway, KIX EMAP Hub Senior Technical Advisor.
The presentations covered the Who, Why, What, How, and So What? elements of writing a successful proposal. The speakers shared tips on how to describe and frame the audience (the Who), the purpose and justification for the proposal (the Why), project design and theory of change (the What), methods and budget (the How) and finally, results and impact (the So What?). Presenters used a fictionalised proposal example to demonstrate how to develop a concise and well-developed proposal that responds to the common elements that one finds in a call for proposals. Participants engaged in interactive activities throughout the 90-minute workshop, which allowed for knowledge exchange on how to develop proposals that respond appropriately to local and regional educational policy priorities. The workshop also allowed ample time to address questions from the audience.