CRID SHORT TERM GOALS

CRID SHORT TERM GOALS: 2015-2017

PREAMBLE

In order to move our University towards better performance, each of us needs to consciously and intentionally choose to do things differently. Understanding this choice and acting on it systematically, in a well-articulated manner, will yield truly outstanding results.

THE 4-POINT AGENDA

•Improve research quality and impact by increasing cross-disciplinary research collaborations.
•Identify, develop and implement strategically important research partnerships
•Increase total research income from external sources
•Improve Research training

GOAL

Foster a stronger research culture, with clearly measurable output.

STRATEGY

•Establish key research priority areas (RPAs) that engage researchers in all Schools and Institutes in interdisciplinary research that will address pressing national and global problems as well as promote robust long lasting partnerships. Several viable sub areas will be identified within each RPA.
•Building teams for innovative research (BTIR), initially by organizing effective “Speed Networking” sessions on campus.
•Establish criteria for identification and reward of established productive researchers (EPRs); and ensure support for excellent researchers, commensurate with their productivity, regardless of research area.
•Identify, develop and sustain strategic research partnerships at institutional level with key leading research institutes and universities in the Developing World, Europe and America.
•Encourage staff to establish individual collaborations with scientists abroad.
•Initiate grant mentoring/grant writing workshops at all levels
•Adjust grant writing and review cycles to suit grant application deadlines.
•Provide strategic and operational support for large grant applications
•Promote culture of externally funded PhD research and provide adequate incentives.
•Making maximum more imaginative use of available staff development funds.
•Encourage our younger colleagues to enroll for PhD programmes in FUTO and undertake part of their PhD research projects in suitable laboratories abroad, for no less than one year, with funding support from TETFund.
•Encourage FUTO staff with PhD qualifications obtained not later than five years to seek postdoctoral research training in research laboratories abroad.