The Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) has launched the Graduate Research Trust Fund (GRTF) and GRTF portal to present entry to a lot wanted funds for graduate students in Ghana.
The Graduate Research Trust Fund seeks to present funding for scientific and policy-oriented research aimed at addressing societal challenges in relation to government’s developmental goals.
The foremost supply of funding for this Research Fund is students’ contributions and other benevolent organizations that are curious about selling graduate research and increased education in Ghana.
The launch which was achieved under the theme: “Research with Impact and Innovation” introduced collectively graduate students, researchers, research establishments, educators, government officers in addition to high profile dignitaries.
Speaking at the launch, the Chairperson for the occasion, Professor Esi Awuah, said the institution of the Graduate Research Trust Fund and its subsequent rollout is a welcome addition to Ghana’s instructional sector.
According to her, because the world quickly advances, it’s up to growing countries like Ghana to scale up funding in homegrown research so as to not be left behind by the so-called developed and world.
“We cannot sit idle while the so-called developed world develop technologies and sell them to us at exorbitant prices. Why should we sit down for programmes to be written for us to buy to use in managing our data and other information?
“It is time to wake up, research into matters to develop our country particularly in this artificial intelligence age,” she said.
She bemoaned the failure of successive governments to actively spend money on research to meet the national goal of supporting native research with at least 1% of national GDP.
“Unfortunately, governments’ commitment into research to address our own problems is highly limited. Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah saw the need for research development and established the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Since then universities have spearheaded research in the country but due to dwindling resources, the support for research has virtually come to a halt.
“African countries promised to use at least 1% of their GDP for research but no African country has been able to meet its target. During the pandemic, the support for research in Ghana increased from 0.15% to 0.18 out of the national target of 1% for the year 2021. Even that was used in the purchase of PCRs because of Covid-19,” she said.
Professor Awuah said that with the introduction of the GRTF, the hole in research funding would lastly be crammed and would support Ghana to develop into a power to reckon with in research outputs on the continent and the world at giant.
She called on all and sundry to support the development of the Fund for the betterment of the country.
“We are appealing to the general public, government, Institutions and AGI to support our research projects to make an impact in our society.”
The Research Fund is on the market to all GRASAG-registered dues-paying graduate students from all the varied disciplines.
The web site for the Fund has been launched and may be accessed on www.grtfgh.com.