Research is the key defining factor of a university, enhancing its profile and image. It is thus the basis for sound and effective teaching. The administration of the research enterprise is essential for channeling research into areas of greatest benefits to the society. In the past 10 years, Research Administration/ Management has been a major concern in the developed parts of the world, it is becoming a major engagement in Africa.
Central Office of Research
The Central Office of Research (COR) is the coordinating office for research which has only recently been established in OAU, after several attempts. It has 4 main operational units viz.
• The University Research Office (URO),
• The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO),
• The Linkages and Partnership Office (LPO) and
• The Administrative Support Office (ASO).
As contained in the instrument establishing it which was approved by Senate and Council of the University, the COR have overall responsibility for research administration in the University with the following goals.
(a) Harmonise and coordinate all research activities and be responsible to the University;
(b) Advise and manage staff and donor funds in the University within the overall policy and strategic framework approved by the University; and
(c) Promote research culture within the University.
- We intend to grow research funding in the next 5 years through
- Identifying and exploiting new research funding sources, opportunities and partnerships.
- Improving awareness of funding and partnership opportunities.
- Improving the grant submission process through capacity building.
- Encouraging interdisciplinary scholarship to address societal challenges.
- Identifying and cultivating relevant national and international research partnerships.
- Partnering with industries through immersion programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- Improving research infrastructure by continually strengthening the Central Science Laboratory.
- Improving the research profile of the university.
- Licensing Intellectual Properties (IPs) and encouraging start-up companies.
- Linking up with other key Centres/Institutes in the University such as Gender Centre, NACETEM and IFEDS for productive partnerships.
- Leveraging on the research strength of the University by identifying active and prominent researchers to create research clusters to address societal challenges through multi-disciplinary grants.