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Expanding on the decade-long Vanderbilt-AKTH partnership, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Bayero University Kano (BUK) in Kano, Nigeria, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) are partnering on a new infrastructure development training program supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project will strengthen infrastructure capacity in research administration and research ethics in Nigeria. The Vanderbilt-Nigeria Research Administration and Management Training Program (V-RAMP) will leverage senior research management’s extensive expertise at Vanderbilt.
Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, has seen significant expansion in biomedical research. The increasing volume and complexity of Nigeria’s research activities necessitate measures to improve infrastructure in grants administration (project management, financial accountability, reporting and compliance oversight) and to strengthen ethical frameworks to protect the rights and welfare of research participants. V-RAMP will establish a high-quality research administration environment that is knowledgeable and compliant with the fiscal, management, and ethical standards of sponsored research through fellowships at Vanderbilt, skills-building courses in Nigeria, and administrative process improvements, such as the creation of a Community Advisory Board (CAB).
This work is supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number G11TW011819