The UN Special Magazine carried an article on COHRED Colloquium 4 in its edition of May 2015.
COHRED was mandated by the Swiss National Science Foundation to organise a one-day Workshop on March 27th 2015 in Berne on how to build effective international collaborative research partnerships as part of the r4d Skills series of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development.
At this workshop organized by the Swiss National Science Foundation, COHRED informed 27 r4d researcher grant applicants within the relevant thematic modules (Social Conflict, Employment, Food Security, Ecosystem Management, and Public Health) about the principles of equitable partnerships. The workshop aimed to define the best approach for establishing collaboration mechanisms with partner institutions from low-middle income countries (LMICs) and to provide information on how to structure a project agreement with institutions from LMICs using the principles of COHRED’s Fair Research Contracting (FRC) Initiative.
During the Law Week 2014, on Oct 21st 2014 in Washington D.C., Research Fairness Initiative and its Fair Research Contracting Initiative were presented under the theme of ‘Intellectual Property in support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development” at the World Bank. Continue reading
On October 3rd 2014, the RFI and FRC were presented and discussed at a panel session on Equity and ethics in research collaborations between high- and low-income countries of the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town. Chaired by Dr. Miriam Schuchman, associate professor of the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Toronto, the session was attended by representatives from the ESSENCE group of donors and the WHO. Read more about the event.
The RFI is universally applicable
The Research Fairness Initiative has been designed to work for any institution working towards providing local and global solutions for health through research and innovation.
It is not limited in its application to health research – it may be applied to science collaborations in general. COHRED’s traditional focus is on ‘research for health’ and we start in health, but ‘research for health’ is very broad: it involves nearly any sector one can think of. Science for applied research or product development requires research team interactions and alliance creation between many different partners.
The RFI will not just benefit institutions in low-income countries, though this is one of the major reasons for its development. Properly used, the RFI will be of benefit to any partner in any research collaboration. In fact, the RFI is designed as a key management tool to improve research and innovation collaborations, to catalyse institutional competitiveness.
The reporting guidelines are purposefully neutral and flexible to adapt to all types of organisations and stakeholders.
We share as much information as possible, so everyone is informed on the developments of the RFI — for individuals, for institutions, and for each other.
RFI has gained global attention, and we continue to expand the RFI network thanks to passionate people around the world.
See recent discussions on the RFI at different events around the world here.
Find out more about the RFI by listening to this short podcast:
Courtesy of Kaz Janowski, SciDev.Net.