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2020 Taiwan Research Grant Program and Fellowship for OAU Lecturers


The 2020 Taiwan Research Grant Program is open to OAU lecturers to benefit from next year's Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) research grant program. The program is for foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors (including post-doctoral researchers) and doctoral candidates in departments related to Chinese studies in your university, to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institution in Taiwan.

The research is expected to focus on Taiwan or Chinese for a period of one to twelve months, with CCS providing assistance with research institutions, and the use of CCS facilities, etc. In addition, the researcher is further assisted with one round-trip, economy-class ticket for the most direct route to Taiwan and monthly research subsidy at the beginning of each month, divided into four levels: Professors, associate professor, assistant professor, and doctoral candidate.

The actual amount of the research subsidy is reasonably determined by CCS Advisory Committee.

Interested researchers are to fill out the Application form online, as well as submit a hard copy with their Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publication), researcher plan and letters of recommendation to this office before May 22, 2019. For the online application and additional information for prospective Researchers, please kindly direct them to visit: http://ccs.ncl.edu.tw/ccs2/ENGLISH/information.aspx


The yearly Taiwan Fellowship opens in May for OAU staff and other qualified academicians in Nigeria interested in pursuing researches related to Taiwan.

The fellowship offered by the Ministry of Foreign affair of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is for Scholars and Researchers to conduct advanced research at the universities or academic institutions in Taiwan. The application process will begin in May 2019 and close on June 30, 2019. The successful applicant will begin their research in Taiwan in January 2020.

The researches subject should be related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, the Asia-Pacific region, and Sinology. Eligible candidates include Professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, or doctoral program students at related department of universities, or research fellows at an equivalent level in academic institutions.

The Taiwan Fellowship welcomes interested Nigerians candidates who are encouraged to log on to http://taiwanfellowship.ncl.edu.tw to fill out the online application form, before the June 30, 2019 deadline.

The recipient of the Fellowship will benefit as: monthly grants of NT$60,000 about US$2,000 are paid to professors, associate professors, researcher fellows; while assistant professors, assistant research fellows, or doctoral candidates are paid NT$50,000 about US$1,650, at the beginning of every month, during the research period expected to last between three to twelve months.

Secondly, a recipient is further assisted with one round-trip, economy-class ticket for the most direct route to Taiwan.

OAU Scholar wins AIMS awards research grant in Climate Change Science

OAU Scholar wins AIMS awards research grant in Climate Change Science

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) announces the first cohort of the Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science Dr. Ayansina Ayanlade is among six recipients of the award.

The AIMS Small Research Grants in Climate Change is part of the Mathematical Science for Climate Change Resilience (MS4CR) program which is made possible by a grant from Canada’s International Development Research Centre, with the support of Global Affairs Canada, and administered by AIMS.

The six grantees were selected through a rigorous review and selection process. Their projects will include among others: developing localized ‘clean energy’ models for off-grid applications in rural communities. This will increase access to a sustainable supply of ‘clean energy’, especially because such communities usually lack access to grid electricity or are unable to afford electricity. Additionally, off-grid energy reduces greenhouse gas emission through a reduction in the usage of hazardous fossil fuel-powered technologies (coal, natural gas, or petroleum) for energy production. Off-grid energy technologies can therefore significantly lower health risk, reduce energy prices and improve livelihoods. Additional projects will investigate the effects of climate change on the yields of important cash crops (coffee and tea) in Rwanda, and how best farmers in Nigeria can sustainably adapt to climate change etc.

Over the next four years, 16 small research grants will be awarded to outstanding early career African researchers to fund projects that can contribute to strengthening climate change resilience on local and/or global scales.

Dr. Ayansina Ayanlade is a Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and a Project Associate under the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) core projects of International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). Ayansina completed his PhD in Geography in King’s College London, United Kingdom. His research interest is in land-climate processes, climate change studies, and application of Remote Sensing and GIS to land-atmospheric interactions. He has also been a recipient of scientific awards including awards from the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF); the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement in Sub-Saharan Africa (CIRCLE), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Kenya.

His project aims to examine rural farmers’ perception of climate change and their adaptive capacities in Nigeria. The major goal of the study is to evaluate the key factors that determine rural crop and livestock farmers’ preference for selected adaptation technologies and consequently appraise whether particular perceptions of climate change/variability are consistent with climatic trend analysis. The research will explore spatiotemporal changes in climate, how to enhance sensitivities to climate change impacts and adaptive capacities of smallholder farmers through climate-smart agriculture.

The research proposes to reduce the toll of farmers during climate hazards by developing methods to assess crop sensitivities to climate change, and improve farmers’ adaptation strategies, thereby quantifying trade-offs amongst modelling results to enhance policy making, inform the decision-making of best economic adaptation options. For climate change adaptation policies to be effective, local knowledge should be used in conjunction with scientific research knowledge systems. This research will thus be helpful for better policy decision-making in relation to climate change issues and such a decision-support tool will be instrumental in enhancing policy development and innovation.


Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) Partners’  Forum and Funders meeting

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)  is  a partnership of Eight African Universities including Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ibadan in Nigeria, Four African Research Institutes and Seven Northern Academic Institutions. Universities  outside Nigeria includes University of the Witwatersrand, University of Nairobi, Makerere University, University of Rwanda, Ifakara Health Institute, Agincourt and KEMRI Wellcome Trust.


2nd Ife summer institute: Oxford Don reiterates Quality Research, Publication

An Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) based University don, Professor Wale Adebanwi, has challenged Nigerian Universities’ scholars and researchers not to be daunted by the myriads of problems they encounter in their efforts at churning out quality publications and research findings, even as he reiterated that their resilience in scholarly works will keep advancing the frontiers of knowledge and posterity will not be forget such contributions in a hurry.


OAU Researchers Awarded Patent In Collaborative Research Works

NG/PT/NC/2016/1957 - Medical Electronic Percussion Appliance (MEPA)

INVENTORS: Prof. L. O. Kehinde, Miss. J. O. Utulu, Mr. O. D. Oderhohwo, Dr. O. Ogunlade 


A design of a Medical Electronic Percussion Appliance (MEPA) has resulted in the award of a patent No. NG/PT/NC/2016/1957.

This is a joint collaborative research between researchers in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and a researcher in the Department of Physiological Sciences. The Instrumentation research group in this design is headed by Prof. L. O. Kehinde and the other members of this design team are Mr. Joseph UTULU and Miss Ogheneuriri ODERHOHWO. The researcher from the Physiological Sciences is Dr. Oluwadare Ogunlade.

The Medical Electronic Percussion Appliance hereby described and referred to as MEPA consists of an electromechanical assembly that perturbs a patient’s body (in this case, the human chest or abdomen)  and a sound signal monitoring section that tells the kind of percussion note (sound) received based on the properties of the sound that is generated from the percussed area. Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) Library is employed to get the frequency components of the analyzed signal. This received frequency is displayed on a Liquid Crystal Display as well as represented by brightly coloured LEDs. 

This new MEPA device brings with it the advantage of performing percussion, frequency analysis and display of percussion note (sound) in real time, thereby aiding fast and reliable diagnosis which had been absent in earlier designs.

The patent was processed through the OAU’s IPTTO Office located at the former Distance Learning Complex, off road 1, OAU, Ile-Ife. The Office is always ready to assist researchers/inventors process their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) resulting from research activities. IPRs are Intellectual Assets that enhance the value of invention for the purpose of commercialization through outright sale, exploitation or licensing of the invention. IP Assets are more relevant for meeting market needs and wealth creation through university-industry linkage, technology transfer and licensing in this knowledge-driven age.

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