Ahmadu Bello University is making deliberate efforts to develop sufficient capacity in its academics to be able to compete favourably in the global research community, the Director, Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring, Prof. Yahaya M. Ibrahim, has said.
Prof. Ibrahim made this known at a one-day research grant proposal writing workshop held at the School of Postgraduate Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria last Wednesday.
The workshop, which was the first of many to come in the series, was intended to prepare participants drawn from all academic departments of the University to write winning research proposals.
Prof. Ibrahim stressed the importance of research, which according to him, remained a core responsibility of academics, saying that through it academics always distinguished themselves and also raised the profile and prestige of their institutions and nations.
“Our research activities and the value that we create through them define the essence of our existence as a University. We must, therefore, accord it the attention it deserves,” he said.
He described research grants as important avenues for funding research activities and that such grants provide a vital means for both the University and the researcher.
In addition, according to him, research grants provide a platform for research mentoring since a good number of them encourage training of early career academics as part of the requirements.
“Academics also take pride in grants and in publishing good quality papers which raise their personal and institutional profiles,” Prof. Ibrahim further said.
The Director expressed hope that the workshop would serve as a call to action such that more efforts would be put towards applying for, and winning research grants in the University.
Prof. Ibrahim, therefore, recommended that the University Management should challenge each staff on the rank of Senior Lecturer and above to put in a proposal for the next round of TETFund National Research Fund grants or any other grants for that matter.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, who declared the workshop open, enjoined all academics from the University to pursue research with vigour and admiration.
Prof. Bala assured that the University through the Directorate of Academic Planning and Monitoring would continue to organize training for writing winning research grants proposals for its academics to remain relevant in the global research community.
Three resource persons made presentations at the workshop. Prof. Raymond Bako of Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, made two presentations on “Finding Grant Information” and “Strategies to Becoming a Competitive Grant Applicant.”
Prof. Hussaina Makun of National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI), Ahmadu Bello University, spoke on “Hands-on Workshop on Grant Writing, while Prof. Y.K.E. Ibrahim of Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, talked on “Managing Grants”.
Public Affairs Directorate,
Office of the Vice Chancellor,
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Saturday, 31st July, 2021