Over N6bn has been approved for 217 research proposals suggested by the National Research Fund (NRF) during the 2020 award cycle, according to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, stated this at the inauguration of TETFund’s National Research Fund Screening and Monitoring Committee and Technical Advisory Group (TAG) in Abuja on Wednesday.
Professor Bogoro stated that the sum nearly equalled N6.7 billion disbursed for 240 research grants awarded between 2012 and 2019.
He listed the NRF’s and Monitoring Committee’s terms of reference as follows: “Pre-qualify applications for research grants from academics in Beneficiary Institutions to verify that they are in line with the approved templates for receiving the award.”
TAG’s terms of reference listed by the TETFund boss are, “screen proposals on manuscripts for development into academic textbooks and advise TETFund on fundable manuscripts; screen and advise TETFund on submissions from Professional Associations to support Journal production; recommend reviewers for screened manuscripts for engagement by TETFund for the technical assessment of the manuscripts, among other factors.”
Inaugurating the NRFS&MC and TAG, Chairman, Board of Trustees of TETFund, Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, commended Bogoro for his passion for research and development and assuring that the Board would continue to focus strategic attention on R&D.
N30 billion would be spent in 2021, according to Ibrahim-Imam, on academic staff training.
The Chairman of the committee, Professor Abubakar Kundiri, promised that the members would give their best to achieve the assigned tasks, while a representative of the Technical Advisory Group’s chairman, Professor Charles Awo, assured the team’s preparedness to serve in accordance with its mission.
The Research Fund Screening and Monitoring Committee has a two-year lifespan.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; editing by Saadatu Albashir