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Introduction

As a result of increased operating costs and decreased support for universities from government and other traditional non-commercial sources, as well as a transition to “knowledge-based” economies, we are witnessing a remarkable emphasis upon the commercialization of research in public institutions around the world (Downie and Herder, 2007, Caulfield and Ogbogu, 2015, Ogbogu and Caulfield (2015). The world today is often referred to as a knowledge society, or knowledge economy: the ability of man to practically apply his knowledge as a product to further human advancement in all fronts.

This has also brought with it other concepts like research and development (R&D), Science, Technology and Innovations (ST&I), which are all geared towards maximizing the product of research. The key to the success of modern industrial development is science, engineering, technology, and innovation (Bamiro, 2011). The application of technology to industrial development and maintenance is made possible by professionals: scientists, engineers, technologists, craftsmen, artisans and others, whose education and training must at all times reflect the requirements of industry. Universities, as the producers of these key professionals, undoubtedly have the important responsibility of making sure that they turn out graduates that possess the necessary skills. Our university systems should play the expected role as agents of growth and development through research and innovation (Machando, 2000).

Nigerian Government frequently expresses its desire to fund higher education to world-class status through injection of special intervention funds. However, institutions aspiring to transform to world-class must have access to multiple sources of funding to achieve this vision (Bamiro, 2011). Research is the only source of generating and advancing the frontier of knowledge, skills training and expertise for manpower, and therefore, the most important factor which facilitates and accelerates economic development and improved living conditions in society (Bako, 2005). The future of the nation depends on effective utilisation of science, technology and innovation as tools for economic development. The reports of Olayiwola (2010) and Samuel (2016) showed that research funding in Nigeria was inadequate, irregular and difficult to access.

The Humboldt-Kolleg aims to bring together university-based researchers, policy makers, industrialists and those involved in the commercialisation of research results to share best practices and experiences, exchange knowledge and collectively identify practical ways to address common challenges. The Kolleg will discuss funding allocation policy, major and alternative sources of funding research, entrepreneurship, and critically examine commercialisation of research with a view to explicitly embracing it as a core goal that will actively steer research, shift the values and direction, so that research and innovation will have more impact on the economy and lives of Nigerians.

SUB-THEMES

  • Intellectual Property (IP) and related issues
  • Partnering of academic institutions with the private sector/industries
  • Translating knowledge into commercially viable products
  • Capacity building for grants and proposal writing
  • Research Funding Opportunities
  • Next generation/Young Nigerian Researchers
  • Challenges of conducting research in Nigeria
  • Entrepreuneurship