DIaDeRC & TASUED Co-Host a Grant-Winning Workshop
DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC) in collaboration with:
Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) is hosting a 2-day workshop on
“GRANT WRITING, WINNING AND REWARDABLE SCHOLARLY CAREER IN AFRICA”
Mark your calendars for:
DATE: 15th – 16th February, 2024
VENUE: TETFund 2012 Hall, TASUED, Ijagun, ljebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria
Don’t let this golden opportunity slip through your fingers! Our upcoming workshop is an absolute must-attend, featuring distinguished guest speakers boasting years of invaluable experience and a stellar track record. They are committed to equipping you with the essential tools and resources that will propel your career as a researcher to new heights.
Picture this: a room filled with experts eager to share their wealth of knowledge, offering you unparalleled insights that can transform your research endeavours into resounding success stories. Your success isn’t just about personal achievement; it’s about making a significant impact on both your life and community.
By participating in this workshop, you’re not merely investing in yourself but also ensuring that you have every advantage necessary to excel in the competitive field of research. Don’t miss out on this chance to gain a strategic edge and elevate your career to unprecedented levels. Join us and seize the opportunity to make a lasting difference in your research journey.
Benefit the following:
There is an ongoing 15% discount offer for participants registering before January 15, 2024.*
All you need is to simply identify which of the payment structures best fits your choice, register with the sum of and secure your SPOT!
• For Nigerian-based participants: N30,000. REGISTER HERE
• Int’l Participants: 100 USD REGISTER HERE
• PG Students (with Evidence) & ASMN Members (with Evidence): N20,000 REGISTER HERE
Note: In case you encounter challenges on the online payment platform, please send your Registration Amount to Account Details below. After that, email your payment evidence, Name, Email, and Phone number to [email protected] and copy [email protected]
Payment Details: Account Number: 1026165618; Name: DEPECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC); Bank: United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC
call: +2348148069096 (Dr Yinka Adediran); +2348033303914 (Dr Adefunke Ekine); +234 8131691290 (Ms Happiness Obi); +2348032335789 (Dr Solomon Okunade)
How to Get to the Venue (TASUED Campus, Ijagun, Near Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State)
i) From Benin Axis (East)
Any vehicle going to Lagos from the east should pass through Ijebu Ode. Tell the driver to stop them by the gate of TASUED (Tai Solarin University of Education). The Bill Board and Main Gate is on the main road. Just cross over to the gate where there are security personnel. The gate is after the turning to Epe by the flyover. The school is on Benin-Sagamu Express Road.
ii From Ibadan or Abeokuta Axis
Get to Ijebu Ode at the park and ask for buses going to TASUED. It is a few minutes drive from Ijebu-Ode.
iii) From Lagos Axis
From Lagos, instead of turning into Ijebu-Ode from the express by the flyover, you should just drive as if going to Benin Ore Road. TASUED Signboard is on the major road about 5 minutes drive from the Ijebu-Ode flyover.
For more information on the workshop please check the highlights of the Concept Note below
WORKSHOP CONCEPT NOTE HIGHLIGHTS
Overview and Objectives of the Workshop
The workshop seeks to address a recurring question that often troubles the minds of African scholars and researchers based in Africa: “How can I lead a fulfilling scholarly life in my context?” This workshop is designed to not only address this question but to expand upon and leverage the recent experiences gleaned from the African Scholars Mentorship Network (ASMN), anchored by the DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC), which is driven by the mission of “Honing Knowledge for Transforming Lives”. Moreover, it stands in collaboration with TASUED which shares a similar vision and mission.
It is interesting to note that the Workshop is anticipated as the next phase of DIaDeRC’s ASMN, which is currently run as a virtual boot camp that trained over 250 participants in Series 1.0 (May-July, 2023) and Series 2.0 with over 380 participants (September-November, 2023). At its core, this workshop bears the noble ambition of contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG-4 (Quality Education), SDG-5 (Gender Equality), SDG-8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG-9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), SDG-10(Reduced Inequalities, including within the realm of research), and SDG-17 (Partnerships and collaborative Action). Additionally, it aligns with the aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 through its unwavering commitment to research pursuits. The development of a new way to enhance the possibility for an effective and impactful research practice that is void of marginalisation and the conspicuous support of the concerned stakeholders, across the African continent.
A key focus of the workshop is to equip the participants with indispensable skills and knowledge that are pivotal in the journey of securing research grants and fostering effective collaborations among scholars. The overarching aim is to furnish attendees with strategies tailored to the development of competitive grant proposals that harmonise with their research passions and career objectives. This transformative experience is geared towards empowering research practitioners, postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career scholars. It is aimed to empower them with advanced tools and techniques to craft grant proposals and written materials, such as journal article publications, that seize attention. This, in turn, facilitates the translation of research outcomes into language that resonates with corporate entities and policy frameworks, thereby informing the trajectory of research income generation.
By immersing participants in comprehensive training, the workshop delves into the intricacies associated with the process of cultivating research grant proposals and disseminating research findings. This multifaceted approach empowers scholars and researchers to make substantive contributions to the global knowledge value chain. Furthermore, the workshop places a spotlight on the pivotal role of establishing a distinctive personal research track record, nurturing networks, and fostering collaborative partnerships. These elements not only pave the way for career progression but also amplify opportunities for the mutual exchange of knowledge.
In summary, this workshop represents a beacon of opportunity for African scholars and researchers, addressing their unique context-specific concerns. By imparting vital skills, fostering collaborative works, and instilling a sense of purpose, this event stands as a catalyst for meaningful change within the scholarly landscape of Africa.
Indicative Workshop Content
Apart from the Opening Session with the Policy-makers, the content of the workshop is summarised briefly herein:
Insights On Data Analyses (Quantitative and Qualitative): Discussions on how to engage quantitative and qualitative data to attain the objective of the research would be had in the workshop
Grant Writing Essentials: Participants are to be introduced to the fundamentals of grant writing, including understanding the grant application process, identifying suitable funding opportunities, and writing persuasive proposals.
Grant-Winning Strategies: The workshops will delve into strategies for increasing the chances of winning grants. This may include tips for proposal structuring, crafting compelling narratives, and addressing reviewers’ expectations.
Finding Funding Opportunities: Participants will learn how to identify and assess potential funding sources, international, governmental and non-governmental, that align with their research interests.
Grant Budgeting and Project Plan: Practical aspects of grant proposals, such as budgeting, project planning, and timeline development, will be covered.
Scholarly publishing, Peer Review and Feedback: Participants may engage in activities simulating the peer review process, helping them understand how proposals are evaluated and how to address reviewer feedback.
Networking and Collaboration for Career Development: This workshop will include practical insights on building a rewarding scholarly career.
Ethical Considerations: Discussions about research ethics and integrity will be included, emphasising the importance of conducting ethical research and adhering to ethical standards in grant proposals.
Others include: research communication for policy and industry relevance.
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Prof Samuel Ekundayo Oladipo is a Professor of Applied Social Psychology at Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun. He is the pioneer and immediate past Dean of College of Specialised and Professional Education; pioneer Director, Directorate of Research and External Relations and former Deputy Director, Directorate of Academic Planning, Quality Assurance and Research.
He was a postdoctoral fellow at North-West University, Mafikeng, South Africa (2013-2015). He is a recipient of the TETFund National Research Fund; and his research interest spans: Spirituality and Health, help-seeking behaviour, Educational Research, HIV/AIDs, Gender Based Violence and Child Abuse, and Psychological scale development.
Prof. Oladipo is a leader, mentor, coach, an astute administrator and a social psychologist. He is professionally affiliated to the American Psychological Association, the Psychological Association of Nigeria, the Nigerian Social Psychological Association, among others.
Prof Evans Osabuohien is a Professor of Economics at Covenant University (CU), Nigeria, where he served as the Head of Department (HOD) for two terms. In 2020, he was recognised as ‘One of the 6 Youngest Professors in Nigeria’. He is the Founding Chair of DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC), Nigeria, where he coordinates the African Scholars Mentorship Network (ASMN) with over 600 members within and outside Africa.
Professor Osabuohien founded the Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR) and Regional Centre of Expertise, Ogun State (RCE Ogun) at CU in 2018. He has published five books and over 200 scholarly articles. He is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and the Swedish Institute (SI). He has won numerous grants in his career spanning two decades.
He is one of the Global Authors of Global Environmental Outlook 7th Edition (GEO-7), the flagship report of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of some companies within and outside Nigeria. He is a Council Member of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES), where he serves as an Associate Editor. He is also an Associate Editor for Elsevier (Heliyon-Economics), and a Managing Editor for Springer Nature Group (Sustainable Development).
Dr Ademola Adenubi is a seasoned ICT professional and an esteemed academic with a wealth of expertise garnered over an 18-year career that traversed the public and private sectors. He holds advanced degrees, including a Master’s and Ph.D. from distinguished universities in the UK and South Africa.
As a university faculty, he played a pivotal role in the digital transformation of Tai Solarin University of Education, in which he was the ICT Director for almost 9 years. He is the visionary founder of EduTAMS, an EdTech solution that is reshaping the educational landscape in Ogun State and Nigeria. Committed to leveraging technology for a reimagined experience in public and private school management, EduTAMS has emerged as a beacon of innovation, addressing educational gaps and fostering interactive and engaging learning environments.
Dr Adefunke Ekine is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and currently serves as the Deputy Director (Research and External Relations) at TASUED. She currently serves as the Cluster Lead for Childhood Education International (CEI) USA and is the National President of Organisation Mondiale Pour L’Education Prescolaire (OMEP), Nigeria.
She serves on the board of numerous research and academic committees and has over 25 years’ experience. She has won local and international grants such as FORD Foundation, TETFund, Echidna Giving and LEAP Africa, among others. She has previously served as an advisory director and a research consultant on child development and education for Gritwel Research & Technology Center, The Netherlands.
Dr Ekine is the founder of Youthcare Development and Empowerment Initiative (YcDEI), a non-profit organisation through which she carries out her research and advocacy work. She holds a Masters and Ph.D Degrees in Early Childhood Education from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, while her first degree is in Food Science and Technology from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife.
Dr Judith Ifunanya Ani serves as the Chief Operation Officer (COO)/Director of Research at Inspire World International Foundation and heads Collaboration & Partnership at DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC). She is a research associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. With research interests in health, gerontology, gender, migration, food security and climate change, she has received awards for her impactful research, contributing to several funded projects. The most recent is the prestigious 2023 African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES) Grant, funded by BMZ (German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) and AvH (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation). Passionate about evidence-based research, she aims to address Africa’s social and health challenges for sustainable development.
Dr Yinka Adediran is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociological Studies, Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria, where she teaches and mentors undergraduates and postgraduates. She currently serves as the Sub-Dean, Students’ Affairs of the University. She is an astute researcher and has published articles in the areas of Social Studies, Civic Education and Curriculum Studies. She has equally made remarkable community impacts through her advocacy for service and contextual learning strategies for the teaching of Civic Education at secondary schools in Nigeria. She has been a consistent grant-winning team member in local and national TETFund support academic researches and projects. She has also participated in seminars, conferences, workshops and short courses within Nigeria and outside. She holds her a Master’s and Ph.D degrees from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Romanus Osabohien is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Energy Policy and Research (IEPRe), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Malaysia. He is the Publications Lead at DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC), Nigeria. He obtained his M.Sc and PhD Degrees in Economics from Covenant University, Nigeria, where he served as a lecturer for half a decade. He has executed funded projects both individually and collaboratively. He has edited two books and published over 100 articles in rated journals and serves as a reviewer and editorial board member for Elsevier (Heliyon -Business and Economics). He is listed among the top 3% of researchers in Nigeria by SciVal and AD Scientific Index in 2023.
Olasubomi Obadeyi is the Research and Project Development Manager for Nigeria at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). She previously worked in this role for projects in Ghana and as the Research Associate on a project examining the impact of dialogues on resolving the farmer-herder conflicts in the Middle Belt of Nigeria.
Olasubomi was also a Research Associate on a health project at IPA Zambia. Before joining IPA, she was a Research Assistant on several projects including a World Health Organisation (WHO)-funded alcohol report and a South African informal sector project. She also worked with the service delivery unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, assessing service delivery across all secondary and tertiary health facilities.
Dr Solomon Okunade is a development and financial economist and analyst. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics, Chrisland University, Abeokuta, and the Acting Director, Chrisland Centre for Research and Statistics (CREST). He is the Research Lead at the DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC), Nigeria, and a fellow of the Nigerian Economics Society (NES) and Forensic Investigators Society of Nigeria (FFIS).
Dr Okunade is also a certified project manager and a life member of International Project Management Professionals (IPMP) since 2013. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education with Economics Option, M.Sc in Economics and PhD in Economics at the Department of Economics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He has published several scholarly articles. He is a consultant to many organisations, and a reviewer to several reputable journal outlets.
Dr Victoria Okafor is an economist with interests in poverty, inequality, finance and institutional development. She holds a PhD in Economics from Covenant University, Nigeria, in which she examined how the interaction of finance system dimensions and institutions impact income inequality reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Okafor is currently a World Bank African Fellow working with the Poverty and Equity Global Practice, Nigeria Country Office. Also, she is a lecturer at Covenant University. She is a research fellow at the Covenant University Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR) and DePECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC), Nigeria. She has published several articles in internationally reputable journals.
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