DEPARTMENT OF GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

The Department of Grants and Scholarships provides funds to support competitive research projects; provides research-supportive environments to promote quality and innovative research; awards scholarships to students and faculty members to pursue further education and/or undergo

training. The Department has instituted funding and scholarship schemes in accordance with the socioeconomic challenges of the country and diverse needs of the research community in Ghana. These various schemes are briefly described below:

 

General Research Fund (GRF): The GRF is as an all-purpose scheme that funds competitive research projects, both basic and applied, across the various academic disciplines grouped under the following broad categories;

  • ·         Social and Behavioral Science
  • ·         Business and Management Science
  • ·         Arts, Humanities, and Language
  • ·         Technology and Engineering Science
  • ·         Health, Medicine, and Biomedical Science
  • ·         Agriculture and Environment Science
  • ·         Physical/Basic/Applied Sciences

·         Interdisciplinary and/or Multidisciplinary

Public Policy Research Fund (PPRF): The PPRF supports public policy research projects and disseminates the findings to relevant government institutions, policymakers, and the general public. The projects funded by the PPRF are those proposing pertinent, timely and pragmatic public policy recommendations, interrogating the feasibility of social policy intervention programs, as well as monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of instituted social intervention programs. The findings of these projects are geared towards shaping the policies, programs, and projects undertaken by the government, state institutions, and other interested organizations. The PPRF also foster and facilitate a culture of public policy research in a wider context. The public policy projects funded by the PPRF include those pertaining to;

  • ·         National Health Insurance Scheme
  • ·         Free maternal delivery police
  • ·         Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty
  • ·         Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education
  • ·         Free Senior High School Education
  • ·         National Youth Employment Policies and Programs

Science and Technology Fund (STF): Science and Technology is defined broadly to include physical and applied sciences, engineering, information communication technology, medical and biomedical sciences. The STF supports research projects that provide timely, feasible, and pragmatic solutions to the science and technology problems besetting the country. The STF also funds projects with commercial and scalable values and those involving collaboration between Ghanaian scientists and their counterparts in developed and industrialized nations. The collaboration is intended to facilitate possible adaptation and adoption of technologies from developed and industrialized nations in Ghana.

 The projects funded by the STF include those pertaining to;

  • ·         Infectious disease path-physiology
  • ·         Development of vaccines and other pharmaceutical products
  • ·         The generation and distribution of energy
  • ·         Digitization of the Ghanaian economy such as record keeping and management syste
  • ·         Digitization of healthcare deliver
  • ·         Road and housing infrastructure
  • ·    Agricultural technologies and strategies to improve crop and animal production, processing, storage, packaging, and marketing of agriculture products
  • ·     Technologies and strategies to promote environmental sustainability, restore and preserve the ecosystem and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme: Early Career Researchers (ECRs) deserve special attention because they are the most suitable replacement for ageing researchers. ECRs have instrumental roles to play in Ghanaian knowledge-economy, particularly in the long term through their influences on the direction and quality of knowledge and insight produced from empirical research. The Scheme funds research projects undertaken by ECRs as part of strategies to build a pipeline of dedicated and vibrant emerging researchers to successfully takeover the research process from the senior and ageing faculty members. The Scheme attracts both Ghanaians and foreign nationals abroad for a career in education and research in Ghanaian universities and research institutes. Recipients of the Scheme are awarded an honorary title: Early Career Researcher Award (ECA).

Women in Research and Science Scheme (WRSS): Women are historically underrepresented in academia and research institutes, globally. The few women in academia are mainly confronted with several challenges, prominent among them is working in an environment where core and sensitive decisions pertaining to hiring, tenure, and promotion are mostly undertaken by men. The WRSS enhances the academic and research pursuits of women through the provision of funds for research activities and support for academic and staff development events such as pursuing further education, participating in training programs, conferences, and seminars. Recipients of the WRSS motivates and encourages other women to pursue a career in academia and research, challenge the cultural stereotypes and prejudices against women, and contribute significantly to institutional policy and decision making.

Faculty Development Fund (FDF): The FDF supports faculties to develop their research and academic competencies by participating in training programs, conferences, and other learning platforms. Beneficiaries of the FDF transfer their new experiences and knowledge into their professional pursuits such as developing new academic programs, teaching strategies, and methodologies.

 

Postgraduate Student Research Grant Scheme (PSRFS): The PSRFS attracts, recruits, and supports the best and promising masters and doctoral students to study and conduct research in Ghanaian universities and research institutes. The scheme builds a strong research community in Ghana for motivated and excellent postgraduate students to engage in research. Recipients of the PFS are awarded an honorary title: Postgraduate Fellowship Award.

 

 


The REGIG is an independent, not-for profit organization dedicated to promoting the generation, dissemination, and utilization of research to facilitate the socioeconomic development of Ghana and to contribute to global scientific discourse.

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