What are the aims?
RCSG is an informal group that brings together UK funders and practitioners to share, learn, connect and improve practice in research capacity strengthening. It meets biannually and aims to improve coordination of UK activities.
The scope of the group is:
- Global: looking at initiatives and practices aimed at strengthening research capacity in low and middle-income countries
- Cross thematic: across all the sciences and social science e.g. health, engineering.
- On holistic research capacity strengthening: (i) across research, innovation, science, technology and higher education; (ii) at an individual, institutional and environmental/systems level, and (iii) across the spectrum of research quality, access, communications and use of research evidence.
The overall outcomes envisaged from RCSG are:
- Improved communications, coordination, networking, connections and shared learning between capacity strengthening initiatives in the UK
- Use of shared learning and knowledge to improve practice and effectiveness of members’ research capacity strengthening work.
Who are the members?
The group includes major UK research funders such as DFID, Wellcome and MRC, and organisations that deliver capacity strengthening programmes, such as INASP, the ACU and the Royal Academies.
- Mapping of UK and international RCS priorities (2015)
- Mapping of over 300 global health research capacity initiatives (2014)
- Capacity resources (2013) information on schemes aimed at improving research and innovation capacity in low and middle-income countries
- Research capacity strengthening learning from experience report (2011)