12 Aug

Workshop on Skills in Writing Research Grant Winning Proposals

Below is a report on the Workshop on Writing Grant Winning Research Proposals for the Faculties of Agriculture and Natural Sciences:

The Workshop on the skills in writing granting winning proposals held on Wednesday, July 21 to Thursday, July 22, 2016 at the Theatre and Media Arts Hall. Participants were drawn from the Faculties of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. The Deans of both Faculties were present. The Vice-Chancellor was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics. The Resource person was Prof. Valentine A. Aletor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

On the first day of the workshop, the resource person, Prof. Valentine Aletor introduced the theme with the topic: “RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS VERSUS GRANT WRITING SKILLS IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES”. This section started with some definitions, followed by an overview of the current status of Education/Research Grants funding in Nigerian Universities. Participants also received a detailed description of the Characteristics of a good research proposal. Prof. Aletor went further to introduce some of the facilities at the Centre for Excellence in Food Security located in FUTA. The Centre was funded with grants won for the University by the Professor. He also highlighted some important keys for attracting Research Funding.

On the second day of the Workshop, participants were exposed to several possible research questions that could attract grant to Ambrose Alli University. Although the suggested research themes can be domiciled in specific Faculties and Department, they were multidisciplinary in approach. Examples of some research themes are as follows:

  1. Agriculture: Increasing cost of foods and inputs of food production such as animal feeds, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, storage and processing facilities, poor genetic stock of plants and animal etc. During the discussion, a very feasible multidisciplinary research theme that attracted participants was “Improving Value Chain Cultivation and Production of Ekpoma Rice”.
  2. Political: Unsuitable Agricultural policies or failure to implement policies of government; neglect of rural communities, inequitable resource allocation etc.
  3. Economic: Low budget for Science & Technology, high unemployment, wastages/leakages in governance, under performance of SMEs etc.
  4. Technological: Technologies inappropriate to local conditions; high cost of available technologies; low embrace of renewable energy use, high cost of building/construction materials; low capacity to produce locally needed equipment and supplies, incessant highways and municipal road failures In Nigeria, menace of waste dumps & pollution etc.
  5. Socio-behavioural: unbridled corruption; resistance to change or poor adoption of technological innovation; social unrest; youth restiveness particularly in the Niger Delta; conflict; non-involvement of communities in development agenda etc.
  6. Medical: poor health care delivery systems-1o, 2ry and 3ry; incessant drugs/vaccine failures; high cost of medication/drugs, capacity difficult/deficit in health sector etc.
  7. Ethical: objectionable medical practice; poor-patient physician relationship; staff – student relationships, mentorship questions etc.

In the last module of the workshop the resource person gave a detailed insight into the assessment criteria used by research grant awarding bodies. The assessment criteria include:

  1. Relevance
  2. Avoidance of duplication
  3. Feasibility
  4. Quality of research leadership
  5. Political acceptability
  6. Applicability
  7. Cost-effectiveness
  8. Timeliness
  9. Ethical considerations
  10. Gender sensitivity

C.M. Adamaigbo, KSC, MANUPA


Above, is for the information of members of the University community.

Chris A. Omo-Iriogbe, AMNIM, MANUPA
SAR, Information/Public Relations Officer