Research Writing MOOC sponsorship

Join us to receive a tailored learning journey for your researchers and open up opportunities for the global research community

INASP’s tried and tested Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide your researchers with the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to publish and communicate their work – and we are inviting you to join our growing community of MOOC sponsors.

Publishing and communicating research for impact 

A good researcher is known by her number of publications, and the information in these publications can inform policy and contribute to development. I had never published a paper, and each time I tried, I felt discouraged. I decided to take the course to better understand how to publish a scientific research paper.

Atebeh Lekah, University of Yaounde, Cameroon and INASP MOOC participant

What are INASP MOOCs?


Our six to eight week Massive Open Online Courses equip social science and science researchers from Southern institutions with the skills to write, publish and communicate their work. They are particularly suitable for early career researchers, or those with limited experience in publishing papers in reputable peer-reviewed journals. 

By sponsoring a MOOC, you will not only support the research impact of your team, but will also ensure that our high-quality courses remain available and free at the point of access to researchers across the globe, enabling individuals outside of funded projects or networks to benefit too.

Upcoming MOOCs: 

  • 5th April to 16th May 2022 - Research Writing (6 weeks)
  • 7th June to 19th July 2022 - Research Writing in the Social Sciences (6 weeks)
  • 6th September  to 1st November 2022 - Research Writing and Proposal Writing (8 weeks)

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To discuss MOOC sponsorship options, please contact Andy Nobes, Programme Specialist


Participants have increased confidence as a result of taking part in an INASP MOOC, and many go onto submit better papers, with more getting published.  

2018 AuthorAID impact study survey

We work with you to provide a tailored learning journey for your research team, allowing you to:

  • Encourage greater research collaboration with access to a private discussion area
  • Maximise the course completion rates for your researchers with personalised reminder emails and prompts.
  • Track how well your researchers are progressing with access to  learning analytics
  • Provide additonal learning content to your researchers with a complimentary course module (2 extra weeks of content) 
  • Receive formal recognition as a provider of support to researchers, with your logo and name on the final course completion certificate.

PLUS Our range of add-on packages allow you to further enhance your learner’s experience and learning outcomes 

The online course has positively affected almost every aspect of my academic life. 

Ghanaian participant, Online Research Writing Course, 2015

Sponsorship investment

INASP’s MOOCs are a low-cost investment for a high quality, tried and tested course with lasting impact. Investments start from £2,400 for sponsors located in the Global South or £4,600 for sponsors in the Global North*

Online courses are an incredible opportunity to reach many people, as they offer quality content with nominal costs.

Samuel Yigzaw, Director, ICT & Tele-Education Center, Eritrea Institute of Technology and INASP MOOC participant 2018

* Sponsorship investment is tiered so that teams and institutions in low-income settings invest less than those in high-income settings

Sponsors have included

series of logos of research organisations who have sponsored MOOCs