CAAST-Net Plus, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa; the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED); the Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation, Health and Social Affairs (FCSAI); and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), Kenya – held an RFI Information day in Pretoria on October 4th, 2017. The venue will be
The event took place at the Bunga Auditorium at the Department of Science and Technology. The event was well attended by delegates from various SA institutions. Presentations were made by the partners in CAAST-NET Plus, and a discussion panel was held prior to closing, which included speakers from some of the attending institutions (NRF, ARC and SMU).
Some comments from the panel discussion:
“I think this Fairness Initiative gives you a tool that you can put on the table, so you can start negotiating on a more level platform.” – Prof Prem Govender, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
“From an NRF perspective partnerships are a key component of NRF business, and fairness and transparency are shared values to which the NRF subscribes… I think [the principles of fairness in research] are universally applicable… We definitely will be exploring how one can incorporate the principles – shaping institutional partnerships for example… As an institution we will also look at how we can create awareness of the RFI tool.” – , Dr Kwezi Mzilikazi, National Research Foundation