The Timothy A. DeRouen Center is among the 2021 recipients of the University of Washington (UW) Global Innovation Fund (GIF). GIF is an award given through the UW Office of Global Affairs. It funds research collaborations that advance interdisciplinarity across the world. This grant is the result of inter-professional collaboration among the School of Dentistry (Pediatric Dentistry and the Office of Regional Initiatives in Dental Education), School of Public Health (Global Health) and the Health Sciences and Suzzallo libraries . The project aims to train junior Kenyan researchers to publish their research work by implementing a curricular program in manuscript writing and provide support for journal submission fees.
By recruiting newly graduated dental professional from University of Nairobi with finalized thesis, this project will foster continued success in the research partnership between the University of Washington and the University of Nairobi. With increased representation in scholarly journals, opportunities for collaborative publication will become more available to Kenyan trainees. Results from this award will increase research capacity and training of the future cadre of Kenyan oral health researchers.