Research & Innovation Office

    The unit is located in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The Office spearheaded the formation of research clusters so as to encourage the development of multidisciplinary research projects and identify potential collaborators and mentors, particularly for young researchers. The Office assists researchers at NUST in a variety of ways; its mandates are listed below. 

    •  To develop a research and innovation strategic plan for NUST
    • To develop a University-wide and focused research culture and agenda for NUST
    • To identify and exploit alternative sources of funding for research conducted by NUST researchers
    • To build capacity in proposal development, project implementation and report writing (including publishing in peer reviewed journals)
    • To develop a university-wide mentoring programme for junior academic staff.
    • To manage the Research Board.
    • To be a reputable centre of excellence in research and innovation for sustainable development 
    • To foster a culture of collaborative and innovative research at the National University of Science and Technology that facilitates the production of socially relevant solutions and knowledge transfer.

    The Research Board

    The Research Board assists and promotes Research activities at the National University of Science and Technology and thus acts as a conduit between the Bursar’s Department and Academics regarding funding. It provides Funds for Research and Travel Grants connected with Research and participation at National and International Conferences. Research board funding is categorised into Block Allocation, Research Grants, Travel Grants, and Collaborative research Grant.

    Research Uptake at NUST

    Research Uptake is at the forefront of researcher development at NUST. This involves those activities done during and after the research process to promote the visibility of research from the University. Such activities include:
    • Dissemination of research findings (message);
    • Capacity development;
    • Influence (social influence);
    • Collaboration between researchers and users (Communication);
    • Incentives and reinforcement;
    • an Enabling environment and
    • Research on Uptake and Use (Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA), 2010).

    Why should academics communicate their research/ scientific works?
    Public communication about science is increasingly seen as an important element within the creation of a knowledge society (Horst, 2013). Science is inherently social and informal scholarly scientific communication forms the backbone that connects scientists and enables scientific progress (Pikas, 2006). Research should not be seen as carrying financial benefits for the Researcher but should be seen from a viewpoint of adding value to innovation and economic development.  Universities are becoming more engaged in research for policy and practice. 

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