On 4-5 October 2017, BAZNAS, which represented by Puskasbaznas, is invited to participate in a two-day Training Capacity Building on Research Grant Management in Serpong, Tangerang, Banten.

The purpose of the training is to build capacity in research institutions by looking at what a strong research funding program comprises and how to ensure the strongest research projects are selected and funded. The training was filled by a guest speakers from Oxford University Innovation, Dr. James Hudson.

He describes the case study from United Kingdom where charities is the third largest sector  (£ 1.5 billion) that donates funds for research purposes for various studies. More specifically he says that Oxford University has received approximately £ 478 million of research funds allocated for medical sciences; math, physical and life sciences; sociel sciences and humanities; social sciences; and humanities. Charity Instiutions in UK has also allocated around 30% (£ 145 M) of their funds to the Oxford University. This is greater than other research grant sources such as the UK Research Council (28%) and even the European Union Government (11%).

Meanwhile, BAZNAS has opened the Baznas Research Fund Assistance program at the since 18th of September 2017 and closed on 6th of October 2017. Until the delivery deadline expires, BAZNAS has received around 374 proposals.

This training is very useful for BAZNAS especially in terms of how to manage the research funds; how to establish an effective and efficient evaluation of the proposal; how to monitor the funds during the research period; how to monitor the research project; and how to assess and track the impact assessment after the research finished. Therefore, it is expected that BAZNAS can develop a better model for the research grant management and to channel research grant funds more effectively.

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