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25 June 2018
Snapshot: Developing Research Uptake Capacity at the University of Ibadan Print
Friday, 25 July 2014 16:27

Dr. Eme T. Owoaje, Director of the Research Management office at University of Ibadan discussing the formalizing of Research Uptake at the University.

Formalizing Research Uptake at the university

At the University of Ibadan(UoI) Research Uptake activities are integral to activities of selected faculties, particularly Agriculture, Public Health, Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Sciences. As a result of the DRUSSA programme these actives are now more formalized.

The Research Management office is geared to keep a record of ongoing Research Uptake activities submitted by researchers.

As per DRUSSA’s programme strategy, a ‘Group of 24’ people from UoI actively collaborate with one another with regards to Research Uptake activities at the university, so as to build and embed Research Uptake skills in the institution. This ‘Group of 24’ has representatives from a spectrum of university faculties, from the Directory of Public Communications, the Library, the Advancement Centre, the Management Information Systems Unit and the West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA) secretariat.

A committee of six staff members has been set up to draft a Research Uptake Strategy for the University of Ibadan, and there are plans to have this draft in place by late September 2014.

It is interesting to note that since we began to formalize the Research Uptake activites at the University, we have simultaneously noticed that increasingly, more funders are requesting Research Uptake activities and deliverables as a condition of their funding.

Examples of Research Uptake

Three examples of Research Uptake at UoI are particularly worth noting.  

  1. Income generation and wellbeing: A Community Integrated Rural Development Project (CIRDP) that enhances income generation and wellbeing of community members has been implemented among rural women in Ile-Ogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. In this case, putting evidence-based development research into use has made a significant contribution to poverty- and hunger-reduction.
  2. Waste Management Project: Waste Management research has been put into use in a way that has involved community and stakeholder participation. Organic municipal and livestock wastes have been developed into organic fertilizer for use on farm lands, while suitable waste has been used to create biogas for energy. Non-biodegradable waste is being recycled into industrial raw materials, while scrap metal is repurposed into ingots and useable tools.  
  3. The Ibadan Social and Evaluation Research Team (ISERT) have been involved in a project that promotes the use of anti-shock garments for prevention of post-partum hemorrhage. This is implemented in conjunction with the Ibarapa Community and Primary Health Programme, which amongst other pivotal objectives teaches medical students and doctors, the principles and practice of community medicine through practical work. 

Dr. Eme T. Owoaje is Director of the Research Management Office at the University of Ibadan.