If there is one thing the ebola virus epidemic that hit several West Africa countries and Nigeria particularly brought to the fore, it is the fact that research is lacking in Nigeria. There are very few government grants for researchers, and the little progress that is made is often done with funding from international bodies and sometimes personal funds.
The British Council Researchers’ Link programme encourages international research collaboration in partnership with various research and higher education organisations from around the world.
Four Nigerian lecturers were recently the beneficiaries of a combined sum of £24,380 or N7, 240,860 naira research grants through the programme to undertake various researches that meet the developmental goals of Nigeria. The awardees will be supported by established researchers in the UK with proposed activity selected on the basis of mutual benefit, research quality and potential for sustained interaction.
The grant provides financial support for the researchers to spend up to three months in the UK as part of the Researcher Links initiative. The aims of the research visit are to:
- Establish a new research link or significantly develop an existing link, with potential for longer term sustainability.
- Contribute to capacity building of individual researchers and research groups.
- Support development-relevant research in Nigeria
The lecturers include Dr Vincent Chigor, Dr. Anozoeze Madu of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Dr. Rowland Kayode and Dr. Temilade Sesan, both from the University of Ilorin and University of Ibadan, respectively.
The Researcher Links initiative encourages outward and inward mobility to enable early career researchers to make contacts internationally. The initiative encourages the involvement of social sciences and humanities researchers, as well as the natural sciences, and provides space for interdisciplinary interaction, with opportunities to bring together researchers from different fields focused on a common goal.
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