23 Jun 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) - The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) awarded grants worth just over N.dollars 3 million to researchers from the University of Namibia (Unam) on Friday.
Speaking at the handing-over of the grants in Windhoek, Unams Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Professor Osmund Mwandembele applauded the Commission for the gesture.
He advised all researchers to focus on issues affecting society, and which will add value to the present knowledge in the research fields.
The grants worth N.dollars 3 039 142 have been awarded to 17 research projects for a period of two years - 2013/14 and 2014/15.
The NCRSTs Manager of Resources Mobilisation and Fund Management, Alushe Nditya explained that the grants were awarded to successful Namibian researchers and scientists, in partnership with South African researchers from institutions of higher learning.
The researchers submitted research project proposals to the NCRST for funding under the Namibia/South Africa Bilateral Collaboration Research Programme, following a call for proposals.
The purpose of the call for proposals was to provide opportunities for joint collaborative research between researchers in the two countries, thereby establishing a foundation for building a critical mass for research and scientific capacity for both countries, she noted.
The next calls for research proposals are expected in 2015.
Nditya further noted that after the two-year funding period, researchers are expected to provide a report on their findings, detailing the outcomes of their research projects.
The NCRST is Namibias national agency for research, science, technology and innovation. It was created through the Research, Science and Technology Act of 2004, and is responsible for policymaking; funding and other services such as registering scientists.