College Of Health Sciences supports researchers with GH¢100,000
The Office of the Provost of the College of Health Sciences (CHS) has awarded 10 early-career researchers with GH¢100,000 through its maiden grant award scheme on the 2nd February 2022 to provide support for their research and also provide a platform for awardees to practice for the application of bigger grants. Each of the awardees received GH¢10, 000 at the maiden College Grant Scheme meeting and are expected to complete the project within 12 months
The Awardees were Dr. Obed Ofori Nyarko, Dr. Sandra Kwarteng Owusu, Dr. Ernest Adankwah, Dr. Mrs. Abigail Kusi-Amponsah Diji, Dr. Ebenezer Dassah, Ms. Lydia Boampong Owusu, Dr. Newman Osafo, Mr. Brenyah, Joseph Kwasi, Mr. Aloysius Kodjo Dzigbordi Loglo, and Mr. Oduro Kofi Yeboah.
In a meeting with the awardees at the CHS Boardroom, Prof. Peter Donkor disclosed that the grant award scheme is an initiative from the Office of the Provost, CHS. He also highlighted the expectations of the awardees. Prof. Donkor stated that they should be responsible for the completion of the project and on time. He advised the researchers to keep track of the milestones to achieve their targets. Prof. Peter Donkor, the Research Grant Committee Chairman hinted that a seminar will be held for the awardees to make a presentation on their project after the 12 months duration.
Dr. John Amuasi of the Department of Global and International Health, School of Public Health, shared his ‘Experiences with Grant Management’. He noted that Grant Management is essentially how a researcher plans to accomplish the work he or she intends to do. He revealed that bad management of grants can soil a researcher’s reputation and academic career, thus, the need to be transparent.
Dr. Amuasi, therefore, encouraged the awardees to break down their work into milestones and deliverables in order to explain the process involved as they undertake their research.
He also urged them to be aware of the rules regarding the expenditure of university funds, the expected reporting periods, whiles ensuring that the right procedures are followed when dealing with personnel and the use of resources.
The Provost of CHS, Professor Christian Agyare congratulated the committee members and the awardees and admonished them to complete their project within the expected period. He assured of his outfit’s support to provide them with the needed resources and hoped that they build on the platform to win bigger grants outside the University in the future.
Professor Agyare also disclosed that awardees are expected to produce a publication or journal acknowledging the contribution of the college.
Representatives of the College Finance Office and the Research Office also shared with the awardees the support services offered by their respective offices.
The awardees expressed their gratitude and elation to the Grants and Research Committee for the initiative and are very optimistic that the resources will be used for their intended purpose.