CAWISA Lead, Dr Nadia Sam-Agudu facilitating a training

Senior scientists of the Central and West Africa Implementation Science Alliance (CAWISA) have been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty D43 training grant focused on Nigeria.

Multi-Principal Investigators Dr. Nadia Sam-Agudu (CAWISA lead) and Prof. Alash’le Abimiku (Executive Director, International Research Center of Excellence, a CAWISA Center of Excellence) were awarded the five year, 2022-2027 grant.  The grant is titled “Expanding the Pool of Independent Investigators in Implementation Science in Nigeria through HIV Research Training” (EXPAND). The grant aims to establish and strengthen implementation science expertise among early investigators and program implementers in response to Nigeria’s HIV epidemic. CAWISA mentors Prof. Jean Nachega (University of Pittsburgh/Stellenbosch University) and Prof. Dorcas Obori-Yeboah (University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences, Ghana) will serve as members of EXPAND’s Training Advisory Council.

EXPAND is to train five long-term postdoctoral researchers and 40 short-term HIV program implementation and policy-making personnel in soft and hard skills with respect to research administration, scientific leadership, and principles of implementation science. See the EXPAND NIH page for details: