Research, Innovation and Data Science

Noella Bigirimana Division Manager

Noella Bigirimana is the Division Manager of the Research, Innovation and Data Science Division, which coordinates and implements high impact research projects, data science platforms, and strategic partnerships in healthcare and life sciences.

Noella previously served as a Precision Medicine Fellow at the World Economic Forum, where she focused on co-designing policy and governance approaches to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies in low-resource settings. She has previously worked as consultant for WHO and USAID-funded projects in Rwanda and Guinea-Conakry in the post-Ebola period.

Noella currently serves on the Advisory Board of AI Transparency Institute, and also serves as the Advisory Board Chair of the Youth Combating NTDs. She is a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper in the Kigali Hub, and a contributor at the Future Africa Forum, a platform of young African experts impacting policy making and dialogue across many sectors.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University, and a Master’s degree in International Health Policy and Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Definition

Research, Innovation and Data Science (RIDS) Division within RBC drives health and medical research, strengthens the application and commercialization of research outputs, fosters an innovative health system, and supports knowledge and insights generation from increasingly large and complex sets of data.

What We Do

  • Generate new evidence and translate knowledge
  • Promote evidence-based policy formulation
  • Promote data science with effective data infrastructure
  • Promote data stewardship and ownership
  • Foster a streamlined research environment that builds a critical mass of research professionals, secures competitive grants and delivers benefits to the population
  • Optimize the use of innovative approaches practice and health service delivery
  • Opportunities development and Resource mobilization

Key Pillars

Foster research conduct and innovation

  • Undertake basic, clinical and population health research with the potential to improve health, clinical care and the quality and performance of health services in Rwanda
  • Support researchers to generate new evidence through collaboration among clinicians, scientists, academics, health services managers and policy makers
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and resource mobilization for research
  • Strengthen clinical trial capabilities in Rwanda
  • Build a supportive research culture through strategic leadership, governance and streamlined processes
Optimize the use of research translation
  • Strengthen the capacity of national health programs to create and use research evidence in policy and the implementation of programs
  • Support health system researchers to discover information through exploration of data
  • Proactively respond to emerging health threats
  • Promote scientific communication
Optimize use of data
  • Develop data infrastructure
  • Modernize data ecosystem
  • Data management, analytics and tools
  • Data workforce development
  • Stewardship and sustainability
Opportunities development & research capacity building
  • Attract and retain highly skilled researchers
  • Develop growth and incentive frameworks for researchers
  • Create research training programs in areas of need to build a critical mass of researchers from early career to experts
  • Establish strategic partnerships with national and international funding agencies
  • Improve research infrastructure and assets
  • Foster effective use of resources, and strengthen links between centers of research excellence and centers of teaching and health care practice
Support business development / strategic investment
  • Support income generation initiatives, and private sector engagement
  • Identify and leverage investment sources with a focus on strategic priorities for health and medical research
  • Expand industry-partnered collaborative projects
  • Develop and implement an intellectual property/patent framework for research outputs and innovation
  • Enhance researchers and innovators knowledge and understanding of commercialization

Mission and Vision

Mission: To position Rwanda as a hub for advanced high-quality health and medical research with cutting-edge science and data analytics capability
Vision: To cultivate and promote research, scientific discovery, innovation, and data science in Rwanda’s health sector, with the dedication to support the health system to achieve health and socio-economic benefits in Rwanda and beyond .

Contact

Noella Bigirimana
Division Manager
Research, Innovation and Data Science
Phone: (+250)732800800 | 0782385429
email: noella.bigirimana@rbc.gov.rw

Did You Know?

  • Research Innovation and Data Science (RIDS) Division promotes innovation through industry and academic partnerships.
  • RIDS Division promotes interdisciplinary research collaboration and hosts a National Health Research Registry that disseminates the current ongoing research projects in the health sector. https://rbc.gov.rw/rnhrr/
  • RIDS Division fosters evidence-based health care and hosts Rwanda Public health Journal which disseminates briefs on science linked with routine intervention activities within different programs.
  • RIDS Division promotes data science and artificial intelligence, and currently implements national efforts in widespread application of machine learning and automation.