By G9ija

Grooming Centre, a microfinance institution, has announced plans to give research grants to 150 undergraduate and post-graduate students across the country, with portal for submission of research works to be active tomorrow.
The project coordinator and head of New Initiatives at Grooming Centre, Mr. Chikezie Egbulefu, said the scheme, the second in its series, was designed to catalyze research and knowledge development that would proffer solutions to social and economic problems.

 According to him, this year’s grant would be awarded to 100 undergraduates and 50 post-graduate students carrying out their research studies in the areas of microfinance, rural development, inclusive finance, social enterprise, MSME and women in development.

The project, which is managed by the Center for Research in Enterprise and Action in Management (CREM), will focus on and encourage research whose findings have the potential to enhance the growth of the Nigerian economy post-COVID-19 and contribute to general human development.

Explaining the requirements to qualify for consideration under the scheme, Mr. Alex Ajibo said a student must be carrying out research on a topic relevant to the areas earlier listed. He explained that when the portal for submission of research works opens on September 30, the applicants must submit their entries through the company’s email: latest by October 8.

 Ajibo further listed the other conditions for qualifications: “The focus of the research study must be relevant to the Nigerian context, practical, innovative and should be capable of promoting any of the above areas of interest in Nigeria. The research must show a high level of originality, imaginative thought, and be data inclusive. The applicant must be a student at an approved Nigeria university or polytechnic.

“The applicant must submit a written recommendation from his/her project supervisor and submit a research proposal of no fewer than 25 pages which should include an introduction, literature review, and research methodology along with candidate’s personal profile.