The University of Uyo, Uyo has enjoyed the benefit of research grant offered by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund.
The university is among 12 other universities in the nation being considered for the research grant and its area of competence is expected to be ‘computational intelligence’ which results must be determined in five years from 2020.
TETFund offered N1billion each to 12 Nigerian universities enlisted as pioneer centres of excellence for research and development programmes in the country.
Other universities are University of Abuja, UNIABUJA, University of Benin, UNIBEN, University of Ibadan, UI, University of Maiduguri, UNIMAD, Bayero University Kano, BUK, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK, Akwa.
Also enlisted are the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, University of Jos, UNIJOS, University of Lagos, UNILAG, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU, and Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, UDUS.
While presenting the allocation letters and guidelines to Vice-Chancellors of the universities, the TETFund Executive-Secretary, Suleiman Bogoro, said two universities were selected each per geopolitical zones.
According to Mr Bogoro, the aim for establishing the centres of excellence is to support strategic and applications oriented research and expertise with potential industrial applications.
Bogoro who read terms of reference to the vice chancellors said, “This includes concentrating multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and translational research competence in order to further the development of products, processes and services, typically by focusing on problems that demand larger efforts than can be provided by smaller projects.
“Bridging the gap between researchers and users, stimulating and strengthening triple-helix relationships. This is in order to enhance scientific research being patronized by industry, and in order to make the tertiary educational institutions generally more responsive to industry needs.
“In addition is expertise development and training at doctorate level in areas of industry interest, and the development of knowledge management platforms and innovation hubs.”
The terms of reference equally says the University of Abuja is expected to blaze the trail as centre of excellence in public governance and leadership within a five-year period.
Similarly, the University of Jos and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University are expected to churn out research in food security, while University of Maiduguri would focus on arid zone research and development and Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto to concentrate on urology and nephrology.
Bayero University Kano is to focus on renewable energy, Micheal Okpara University on root crop research and development, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University on agricultural and engineering translational studies.
Others are University of Benin, aquaculture and food technology, University of Ibadan, in milti-disciplinary studies and University of Lagos in biodiversity conservation and eco-system management.