Dartmouth College (DC) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) will assist MUHAS in this goal by providing training and mentorship to its new Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) through intensive residency internships at DC and USCF, in country short term training programs and distance learning.
The specific aims are: (1) to provide a comprehensive, robust and innovative training platform that will complement on-going activities amongst these universities to establish MUHAS as a regional leader in managing HIV and other grant activities. The training will focus on the research support needs identified at MUHAS via the MUHAS-UCSF Academic Learning Program (ALP), including grant application preparation and submission, pre- and post-award management, financial management, handling conflicts of interest in research, and issues related to the responsible conduct of research. A variety of methodologies will be employed including (a) short residency training at DC for MUHAS staff in the new OSP, (b) short-term "continuing education" programs in Dar for these individuals (and others) after they return to Tanzania, (c) local training for administrators of smaller projects, and (d) long-term mentorship via distance learning and other methods lead by DC and UCSF faculty and staff teamed with appropriate MUHAS collaborators;(2) to assist with the development of standard operating procedures (SOP) that will guide all activities in the OSP;(3) to develop a long term program sustainability plan that will direct and support the OSP activities following the three year term o this project;and (4) to develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan using a logic model listing short and long-term goals as the basis for this activity.
Through a series of short-term rigorous training and other infrastructure development programs provided by Dartmouth College and the University of California, San Francisco, the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania will establish a dedicated Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at the institution. This office, staffed by faculty and administrators who participate in the proposed training programs, will support new and on-going research activities across all phases (proposal development and submission, pre and post-award) to enable MUHAS to respond to the increasing public health needs that are impacting the country and region, especially HIV and other infectious and non-infectious diseases.