The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Funds (TETFUND), Dr. Abdullahi Baffa, has announced that the Federal government has earmarked N3bn for high impact researches in federal and state public tertiary institutions across the country.
Dr Baffa made this disclosure to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday as he added that TETFUND has allocated N15 million to lecturers in the universities and N10 million to polytechnics and colleges of education lecturers to fund their researches.
The TETFUND boss explained that the funds are research grants awarded to qualified scholars who participate in rigorous process of screening, after sending their proposals.
“Research is one of the core mandates of the fund; the fund is supposed to bridge the infrastructural gap in our public tertiary institutions,” he said.
“About N3 billion has been earmarked to support the high impact research at the National Research Fund level.
“We have been supporting research institutions, where we can allocate up to N15 million for academics in the Universities and up to N10 million to academics in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
“Such research would increase our production and improve our efficiency and easing the lives of our citizens. The more we research, the more we industrialize our country. And the more we create more jobs.
Dr Baffa who said TETFUND was determined to support cutting edge research that would help the future of Nigeria, however, added that
He stated that there was no plan to extend intervention grants to private tertiary institutions.