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British Council donates £24,380 research grant to Nigerian lecturers

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Dr. Anozoeze Madu of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka is also an awardee. Photo; nigerianscholarS

Dr. Anozoeze Madu of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka is also an awardee. Photo; nigerianscholarS

THE British Council has awarded a combined sum of £24,380 to four Nigerian lecturers as research grants through the ‘Researchers’ Link Programme’.

Communications Manager of the British Council in Nigeria, Desmond Omovie, in a press statement explained that, the grant forms part of the Council’s ‘Researcher Links Initiative,’ which provides financial support for the researchers to spend up to three months in the United Kingdom (UK) and undertake various researches that would meet the developmental needs of Nigeria.

The awardees, he said will be supported by established researchers in the UK with proposed activity selected on the basis of mutual benefit, research quality and potential for sustained interaction.

The overall aim he added is to among others “establish a new research link or significantly develop an existing link with potential for long term sustainability; contribute to capacity building of individual researchers and research groups; and support development-relevant research in Nigeria.

“Dr. Vincent Chigor will partner with a researcher from Bangor University, UK; Dr. Anozoeze Madu of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka is also an awardee and will be working with a researcher from the London Metropolitan University. He will be focusing on the relationship between the severity of sickle cell anaemia and expression of genes encoding fatty acid desaturases 1 and 2.”

Other awardees include, Dr. Rowland Kayode and Dr. Temilade Sesan, both from the University of Ilorin and University of Ibadan, respectively.

Omovie further stated that “the initiative will encourage the involvement of social sciences and humanities researchers, as well as the natural sciences, and provides space for interdisciplinary interaction, with opportunities to bring together researchers from different fields focused on a common goal.”


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