Training Health Researchers into Vocational Excellence in East Africa (THRIVE)

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THRiVE was established in 2009 as a regional network of research excellence, including some of the best universities and research institutes in East Africa with support from two leading UK universities. We have built a robust network that has led to strong and productive collaborations in research, training and supervision, with more than 300 joint publications between THRiVE partners since 2010. Our network has also made concerted efforts to improve institutional capacity in research administration and management

THRiVE Objectives 

  • Develop and sustain a Consortium functioning as a strong network.
  • Empower institutions to build a critical mass of well-trained research scientists capable of winning highly competitive national and international grants.
  • To augment the development of a conducive institutional environment for high quality research.
  • To provide support systems for improved governance and management of research activities..
  • THRiVE funding has empowered African institutions to develop their infrastructure and their administrative and scientific staff capacity to support and lead world-class research programmes.
  • THRiVE has offered outstanding young researchers (post-graduate and post-doctoral fellows) the opportunity to be mentored by committed teams of scientific advisers.
  • Many academic institutions in sub-Saharan Africa face significant challenges with regards to information technology and laboratory infrastructure.

THRiVE has been committed to improving internet access and capacity through the development of enhanced electronic communication systems and websites. In addition while members have a range of laboratory facilities, further strengthening has been done, particularly for those institutions impacted by regional distress including northern Uganda (Gulu University) and University of Rwanda. Rather than building new facilities, focus has been on upgrading existing laboratory infrastructures. THRiVE’s aim is to enhance governance and research management by strengthening institutional systems like ethical review boards.