Grants Awarded

1. Conference Grant for Research Commercialisation

This grant supports the participation of researchers in industry oriented seminars or training workshops. The objective is to enhance their knowledge or acquire skills in the area of industry engagement, technology transfer and commercialisation.

Dr. Regina Appiah-Opong

She received an award of Four Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS4,000) to support her participation in the Global Compact +15: Business as a Force for Good. This took place from June 23 – 25, 2015, in New York, United States of America.

Commenting on the benefit of participating in the Conference, she remarked “The Conference offered me the opportunity to meet representatives of renowned chemical and pharmaceutical companies, learn of their challenges and share research interests for partnership and collaboration in the area of drug development. It also provided an avenue to demonstrate to Governments, the critical role played by universities and research institutions in collaborating with the private sector in solving the greatest challenges faced across the globe.” 

Dr. Eric Cofie Timpong-Jones

He was awarded an amount of Four Thousand, Eight Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHS4,800) to support his participation in the 50th Annual Congress of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa, from July 19 – 23, 2015, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.   

On the benefit of participating in the Conference, he commented “I have been introduced to applications that will enable me use smartphones and tablets for field data collection of plants species. In addition, I have strengthened ties with other researchers for future collaborations in rangeland studies. The mid-congress tour provided the opportunity to learn about new pasture management techniques. I have gained some experience in climate change and livestock studies through the presentations by the other delegates and made aware of agencies that fund research in range science.

Dr. Dzidzo Yirenya-Tawiah

Her award worth USD1,500 was to enable her participate in the Ecocity World Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in October 2015.

Dr. Yirenya-Tawiah indicated the conference was insightful as she has gained a better understanding into the world’s view of ecocities, their frameworks and the standard features for the Eco cities. Narrating her experience, she said: the Conference provided me the opportunity of learning mainly from the perspectives of the North America, Europe and the Arab Region Area efforts being undertaken in developing ecocities. Developing countries experience was minimal and this observation ignited discussions among participants from Africa to begin working together to share our own local /regional experiences in the development of Ecocities. Overall the conference also offered opportunity to identify potential research partners.