Despite Africa being the second largest continent, it is unfortunate that it is the least funded among the lot. African researchers are relying almost entirely on funding outside the continent to fund their research projects.
To address the challenges of resource scarcity, Chief Executive Officer, Research Beeline Limited, Mr. Joseph M. Njogu, has called upon researchers to leverage on collaborative research to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development.
Mr. Njogu said collaborative research has become an essential paradigm in sustainable development research and in strategies for meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“In committing to collaborative research, researchers are aligning to various SDGs especially SDG 17. Attaining SDG goals is a concerted effort and we must work together to have a chance of making progress in Africa. Global approach is required to confront global challenges,” said Mr. Njogu in his presentation on “Funding Opportunities for Collaborative Research” during a webinar hosted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
He acknowledged that collaborative research has challenges such as differences in research style or culture, differences in standards of proof and disagreements over when to publish or how to handle IP.
To curb the collaboration challenges, Mr. Njenga stated that researchers can collaborate at any research stage such as conceptualization, proposal preparation and submission, management and evaluation among others.
The Director of Research and Innovations, Dr. John Kinyuru, challenged research funders to develop African based objectives in order to generate African based solutions from various research outputs.