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WRC’s 1-day informative workshop for aspiring and new project leaders  

The Water Research Commission (WRC) has several workshops lined up for the WISA Biennial Conference 2016, which commenced on Monday, 16 May at the ICC in Durban.  In particular, the Conference is a good platform for the WRC research management team to host a 1-day informative workshop, popularly known as 'WRC 101', for aspiring and new project leaders. 

A series of such training sessions are held annually to familiarize new project leaders with the process for research proposal submission as well as fund and project management related issues. The WRC funds water research according to strategic priorities through an annual call for proposals.

 “We have noted an encouraging trend of research groups submitting proposals who have previously not applied. Established research groups also have new project leaders managing WRC projects”, said Dr Stanley Liphadzi, WRC General Executive for R&D while addressing the delegates during the WRC 101  training session”.

Liphadzi further noted, “The WRC, like any other research funding organization, has project management and administrative requirements. The more established project leaders will also have noted that the proposal submission, project management and financial requirements have changed as the different modules of the WRC Fund Management System have been completed”.

The WRC 101 training session aims to achieve the following objectives:

·         Understand the WRC research cycle

·         Discover the research priorities of the WRC and the fund allocation for each of the priorities

·         Prepare a comprehensive proposal, with tips provided to improve the chances of success

·         Manage the technical, administrative and financial aspects of a WRC project

·         Understand the contractual and financial audit requirements

·         Know what resources are available to enhance the success of the project

The next WRC 101 training session will be held in Limpopo on 31 May 2016 (venue yet to be confirmed).

For more information contact: Mrs. Gerda Kruger, email: gerdak@wrc.org.za

Dr Stanley Liphadzi, WRC General Executive for R&D
Vhafunani Tshishonga, WRC Contracts Manager for R&D
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