Midlands State University’s Faculty of Arts recently hosted a grant proposal writing workshop.

The workshop was designed to equip faculty members with grant proposal writing skills that will see them come up with impactful and sustainable research. The one-day training was also aimed at providing insights to authors on how they can get their works published.

Running under the theme, ‘Beyond University Coffers: The Dynamics of Leveraging External Funding for Sustained Academic Research,’ the workshop was officially opened by the Dean of Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering, Dr A Mamuse.

Presenting a paper during the workshop, Professor P. Gundani from the Department of Theology and Religious Studies illustrated how researchers can generate fundable ideas and how they can effectively communicate with grant proposal reviewers. Professor Gundani also spoke on how the workshop resonated well with the University’s core business, which is three-fold, encompassing, teaching, research and community engagement.

Other paper presenters included Professor P. Ngulube from the Department of Archaeology, Museum and Heritage Studies who presented a paper titled ‘Grants and Post-graduate Training and Interdisciplinary Grant Proposal Ideas’, and Professor J. Matunhu from the Department of Development Studies who delivered a paper on funding, which focused on identifying appropriate funding sources and the key criteria for government, corporate, and foundation sources.

In her vote of thanks, the Deputy Dean of Arts, Professor H. Ngoshi commended participants for taking research seriously and for their continued support of capacity building efforts by the Faculty.

Among those who attended the workshop were the Dean of Arts, Dr T. Mashingaidze, the Deputy Librarian, Mr A Maisiri, and Politics and Public Management Chairperson, Mrs F Mutasa as well as lecturers from the Faculty of Arts.

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