College of Education Research Grant Announcement

The College Research Board is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals with support from the College of Education Research Fund (CERF). A web link for online application submission will be available soon.

The components of the grant are as follows:
(A) Types of Grant
(B) Eligibility
(C) Particulars of Proposal
(D) Proposal Page Length Guide
(E) Important Notes
(F) Ethical Clearance
(G) Application Procedure
(H) Grant for Organising International Conference
(I) Timelines

Four types of grants are available as follows:
1. SEED GRANT: This is for exploratory/small proposals with budgets up to Seven Thousand Cedis (GHC 7,000). Such grants would be awarded for a period not exceeding one year and are awarded to Senior Members to enable them explore new ideas to apply for bigger grants in the future.
2. DEPARTMENTAL COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANT: This grant would normally not exceed Thirty Thousand Cedis (up to GHC 30,000) and shall be for a period of not more than two years. Grants of this nature are awarded to a research team made up of Senior Members with a clear line of research. Research question MUST be an extension of an existing line of departmental research.
3. EARLY-STAGE RESEARCHER GRANT: This grant would normally not exceed Seven Thousand Cedis (up to GHC 7,000) and shall be for a period of not more than two years. Grants of this nature are awarded to academic staff with the rank of Assistant Lecturer/Lecturer/Research Fellow with not more than five years’ service in the University of Ghana after appointment to their present position.

All grant applicants must be full-time Senior Members of the College of Education.
The following additional eligibility requirements also apply:
1. SEED GRANT: All Senior Members in active service of the College are eligible to apply for a Seed Grant.
2. DEPARTMENTAL COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANT: Senior Members applying for a Departmental Collaborative Research Grant should have served at least one year in the College. There must be at least three members in the Research team.
3. EARLY-STAGE RESEARCHER GRANT: Applicants in the early-stage researcher grant category should be researchers in the first five years of service in the University of Ghana after appointment to their present position.

1. Application form signed by Principal Investigator and endorsed (with signature and stamp) by Head of Department and Provost/ Dean of College or Faculty.
2. Abridged CV of PI (3 pages max.)
3. Completed Ethical Review and Research Assurance Form
4. Proposal does not exceed 18 pages
5. Proposal prepared using Times New Roman (Font Size 1o) and is single spaced






Title page



Proposal Summary



Problem Statement



Detailed Project Description



Details of other Related Grants



Budget statement (including budget justification)



Full budget table



Summary of PI’s experience



Abridged CV of PI



Ethical Review and Research Assurance Form





Applicants will be able to track the progress on the processing of their application after it has been submitted.
1. No paper applications will be accepted.
2. Applicants are required to indicate in their application which other grants related to their proposed research topic they currently hold.
3. Senior Members on post-retirement contract cannot be Principal Investigators but are encouraged to serve as mentors on research teams led by a faculty member below the age of sixty years.
4. There shall be a review process managed by the College Research Board. All qualifying proposals shall be independently reviewed by reviewers with the relevant expertise and experience in the subject area. The review will normally be based on the following criteria:
i. Importance/Relevance
ii. Scientific Potential
iii. Justification For Resources
iv. Research Theme

Submission of evidence of ethical approval is mandatory for all research projects funded by the College Research Grant. Principal Investigators whose projects are selected to receive funding, will be required to show proof of ethical clearance in order for their awards to be confirmed.
Ethical clearance should be in the name of the Principal Investigator of the research project.
For detailed information on meeting times and application processes for UG's ethics committees please see

All interested and eligible Senior Members must make an application for the grant by accessing the online research grant application system available at the following link: is external)

Please download this additional form from here, to be filled, endorsed by HOD and sent to the College Research Development Officer (RDO) via email on to complete the application.

(H) GRANT FOR ORGANISING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: These grants are for Departments (Not individuals) organising an International Research Conference in the University of Ghana. The grant shall be for an amount not exceeding Fifty Thousand Cedis (up to GHC 50,000). Proposals for grants to organise international conference must emanate from a Department (NOT individuals).

Applications must show evidence of other funds available for the purpose. Detailed budgets showing sources of funds for the various cost items must be added to the application. The application must be submitted to the College Research Board by the Head of Department.

1. The Online Research Grant Application System will be available until 5:00 PM ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2017.
2. Please note that applications that are started but not completed before the deadline will be automatically deleted and will not be available to the applicant after the date and time indicated above.
3. Application Deadline:
4. Review of proposals and feedback to applicants: 14thDecember 2017
5. Confirmation of Awards: January 2018
6. Deadline for submission of evidence of ethical clearance for funded projects: End of February 2018.
7. Commencement of disbursement of awards: March 2018.