Four Nigerian Team Awarded $250,000 Grants For Research On Garri Processing, Renewable Energy

The Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) has awarded a $250,000 grant to four innovative research teams in Nigeria.

The Director of Research and Development of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr. Saliba Bakare disclosed this on Monday at the project inauguration and initial bootcamp of SGCI funding in Abuja.

This followed the successful implementation of the Research for Impact Initiative (R41) under the auspices of TETFund where four teams were shortlisted to advance their developed ideas through a collaborative research grant established under SGCs with Innov8 Technology Hub as the technical partner.

The grant originates from the SGCI, a multi-funder initiative aimed at strengthening the capacities of 17 Science Granting Councils (SGCs) in sub-Saharan Africa.

It would be recalled that TETFund is one of 17 members of the Sub-Saharan Africa Science Funding Councils Initiative (SGCI) which seeks to strengthen Science Financing Councils in supporting research and evidence-based policies that contribute to the socioeconomic development of countries.

Bakare noted that though Nigeria joined the SGCI in 2020—five years after the program’s inception—the impact of this collaboration is poised to be transformative.

According to Bakare, the $250,000 grant will support four Nigerian research teams, each working on projects with the potential to drive significant change.

Among these initiatives are advancements in the processing of garri, a staple food, and pioneering efforts in renewable energy, amongst others.

He said the funding aims to bridge the gap between research and practical application, fostering innovations that can be commercialized.

“The essence is to help them transform their research findings into commercializable goods and services in this country,” he said.

He further explained that a critical component of the grant is its focus on helping research teams develop their innovations into market-ready prototypes.

This, he said, involves not only technical development but also pitching these products to industries, ensuring that the research translates into tangible economic benefits.

“Four teams are going to use this money to develop their research into prototypes and pitch them with industries so that there will be take-off of the product coming out from the research,” he noted.

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