NOTAP/MAUTECH Organise Workshop on Writing Bankable/Fundable Research Proposal
The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) in collaboration with the Moddibo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) Yola has successfully organized a 2 day workshop on Writing Fundable/ Bankable Research Proposal at the Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola campus.
Presenting a keynote address during the opening ceremony, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Dr. Dere Awosika decried a situation where Nigeria has not been able to harness the abundant talents and intellectual property of her people and translate them into products and services to solve national problems.
Represented by Dr. Soibi DeDe, the Director of Technology Acquisition and Research in NOTAP, Dr. Awosika said nations like Japan have no natural resource like oil or solid minerals but have continued to excel in economic indices because they were able to positively exploit and translate their peoples natural talents into goods and services.
She said some researchers and scientists are able to secure grants for their research while many others are unable to due to poor proposal writing which necessitated such workshop to help them develop skills on effective method of writing research proposals that will attract national, regional and international grants. Such knowledge according to her will promote the transformation Agenda of the present administration.
Vice- Chancellor of the Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola, Prof. B.H. Usman said the workshop is timely because universities are faced with the challenges of institutional quality assurance accreditation which places high premium on the quality of research by staff of the universities.
He asserted that most funding agencies turn down requests for funding of research from institutions due to the poor packaging of their research proposals. Prof. Usman revealed that at a recent workshop held in Kano organized by the Education Trust Fund (ETF) now TETFUND, it was discovered that millions of naira are lying in their coffers because proposals presented by tertiary institutions do not meet the required standards. He said this revelation makes such a workshop very important so that scientists and researchers can write good proposals that can win research grants.
He said the workshop is also very valuable since research grants can be a vital source of human development and revenue generation for universities as such he called on Universities to take the issue of research seriously.
Prof. Usman said his institution is willing to be in the forefront in promoting a well tailored universal format of writing proposals that will attract grants which is expected at the end of the workshop and commended NOTAP for the partnership in realizing this objective.
Director General of NOTAP Engr. Umar Buba Bindir represented by Mr. Adamu Tandama, a Deputy Director Technology Acquisition and Research Department of NOTAP, said the workshop is a follow up of an earlier one held in Zaria in 2009. He asserted that most of the technology being used in Nigeria is imported despite the over 117 Universities, 125 Polytechnics and more than 300 Research Organisations in Nigeria. Dr. Bindir asserted, “Are we saying that with all these institutions we cannot provide the needed technical and scientific knowledge to solve our health, agricultural, infrastructural and other problems?. NOTAP is very worried over this situation and it has resolved to ignite and unleash the knowledge energy in Nigeria to help our leaders in the process of transformation since Nigeria has to transform to be amongst the top 20 nations of the world by the year 2020.”
He said NOTAP is talking to researchers and scientists to start from the basics by re-articulating their strategies, the kind of projects they do, how they do it and also open their eyes to demonstrate that they have the maturity to attract funding for their research within and outside the country.
Dr. Bindir added that researchers have to also demonstrate that they have the maturity to manage the resources and that NOTAP will work closely with researchers to link them with sources of funding their research work. He said NOTAP is yearly organizing such workshop to sensitize the knowledge workers and energize them towards positive action for the development of the nation’s economy.
Goodwill messages were presented by Prof. B. Umar, Rector Adamawa State Polytechnic, Dr. Aminu Chiroma, Provost Federal College of Education Yola, His Royal Highness Muram Bulam Dr. Joram Fua and His Royal Highness the Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa represented by Lawal Ahmadu Ribadu, Dangaladiman Adamawa.
The 2 day workshop which was highly interactive had resource papers on writing fundable research proposals, experiences of beneficiaries of research grants, opportunities for researchers, requirements of international donors, research ethics for success and components of acceptable research proposals.
The workshop attracted over 120 researchers and scientists from research institutions within the North Eastern zone of Nigeria.