RCEES supports the Vice Chancellor of UENR to setup the office for Research & Grants

As part of its quest to source funds from various donor, agencies, institutions, the Regional Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (RCEES) and the Vice-Chancellor jointly organized a seminar on setting up Office of Research Support (ORS) at the University of Energy and Natural Resources. The three (3) day seminar, supported by the Noguchi Memorial Institute-University of Ghana which has rich experience in this regard.

The team from Noguchi led by Nana Oye Akuffo took members through.

Presentation:

According to Nana Oye Akuffo (Administrator-ORS), the essence of Office of Research Support is to assist faculty and research staff of the Centre/ UENR efforts to obtain external funding.  The office when setup will provide the policies, procedures, forms, and tools needed to submit research proposals and manage sponsored accounts throughout the life cycle of external funds awarded to faculty, staff, and students.

Benefits of ORS

Nana Oye Akuffo intimated sourcing grants accrues a lot benefits to the individuals and the institution as well. Some of which include

  • Building capacity of faculty and other staff
  • Identification of funding sources
  • Assistance with proposal development
  • Assistance with budget development
  • Proposal processing and review

Need for the establishment of ORS

She again outlined the reasons why the Office for Research Support namely;

  • Compliance issues
  • Need to apply for and wining big grants
  • Efficient grants management system
  • Integrity of the institute
  • Financial transparency e.g. salary scale
  • Need for increased research capacity and portfolio

Functions of the ORS

The office when established would provide streamlined and support for the Centre/University in such areas as:

  • Pre and post award services
  • Required registration for grants submission
  • Registration of fellows in eRA common system

Tools for Setting up RMO

  • Management decision
  • Recruitment of dedicated staff
  • Provision of reliable internet
  • Availability of facilities/resources – software
  • Regular training

The issues enumerated above forms the first day presentations which ended at 11:54 am

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