Overview of Research Capacity Building

What are key principles related to research capacity building?

Key Points

  • Research capacity building (RCB) is the process by which institutions, and the individuals who work within them, improve their ability to develop, implement, and sustain high-quality research efforts which can be translated into practice in order to improve outcomes.
  • RCB is particularly needed in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and in other contexts where there are fewer resources in terms of funding, tools, and skills.
  • Research capacity building is also sometimes called capacity strengthening or capacity development.
  • This virtual library intends to provide RCB resources that are particularly relevant to human health-related research, based in hospital, clinic, or community settings.

Helpful Links, Videos and Online Courses



  • Strengthening clinical research capacity in LMICs
    • The Academy of Medical Science and InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health produced this 2:30 minute video which provides a brief overview of the topic and summarizes 7 key recommendations for RCB in LMICs. A detailed report of the workshop mentioned in this video, which was published by the United Kingdom-based Academy of Medical Sciences and IAP can be downloaded from this link.

Relevant Publications