The National Universities Commission, NUC, has gone into partnership with the Nigeria Diaspora Biomedical Research Group to build capacity of local researchers.
The move was necessitated by ongoing efforts to find remedies against Covid-19, which is currently having a negative toll globally.
The partnership is being facilitated by a Nigerian scientist at the University of Florida, USA, Prof. Folakemi Odedina.
It is aimed at training some researchers in Nigerian biomedical research steps, including ways to write proposals to access grants at the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, and other research-funding agencies globally.
Deputy Executive Secretary of NUC, Dr Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, who made the disclosure, said the initiative is one of the numerous efforts by NUC to explore opportunities through collaborations within and outside Nigeria to build the capacity of Nigerian scientists on research programmes.
Ramon-Yusuf, who spoke in Abuja at a virtual meeting ahead of the inaugural summit of the Nigeria Diaspora Biomedical Research Group, said the partnership would forge relationships on sabbaticals support and bidirectional faculty exchange between Nigerian academic staff as well as staff of the various collaborative universities abroad, particularly the University of Florida.
He lamented that the Nigerian university system has been battling the problem of research capacity and has, therefore, been exploring different avenues to enable it build capacity both at institutional and professional levels.
“So the overall objective of this strategic alliance between the Nigerian university system and Nigerians in the Diaspora and in fact including people who are not Nigerians we are trying to harness our network so that we can have an opportunity to train our people in terms of research grant writing, research techniques,” he said.