Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID)
The Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID) is poised to drive the University Vision of being one of the top 10 Universities in the world by 2022 from the research, innovation and discovery platform. The Centre’s administrative and operational structure is solid. The head of the Centre is a Director who also doubles as the Chairman of an 11-member Central Research Committee that includes legal personnel. The Research Committee’s mandate includes policy formulation and review, review and recommendation of conference and research proposals, monitoring and evaluation of research clusters activities, and assessment of the research output of the university vis-à-vis the level of funding.
The research committee also evaluates research findings submitted for patent and copyright applications before filing with the respective organs. The research committee recommends to the Vice Chancellor contemporary researches that are of both societal and industrial relevance. The Committee, in addition, makes available to faculty external research grant opportunities and offer faculty assistance in proposal development. It is also the responsibility of the committee to project the image of the University from the research platform and secure partnership from research institutions, industry and governmental agencies. The University, on the recommendation by CUCRID, is to evolve related research clusters into Centres of Excellence.
The Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, in addition to the Research Committee, also has three sub-divisions: the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO), the Commercialization Unit, and the Research Park Unit. The IPTTO facilitates the process of patenting of filed applications, while the Commercialization Unit drives the process of product commercialization. The University has a policy on research and commercialization that governs the operation of this Unit. The Research Park is to develop a framework for products incubation and create an outdoor research community for thought provoking discovery.
The University, as part of its policy on interdisciplinary research for effective utilization of research findings, has established 21 research clusters that receive annual funding for research activities. These include: African Development Issues, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Built Environment, Civil Environmental & Industrialization, Communication Embedded Systems & Electrical Power Engineering, Corrosion and Materials Science & Engineering, Culture, Society & Conflict Management, CU Public Health & Wellbeing, Discourse, Media & Society, E-Government & E-Business, Environmental Sustainability Issues, Informal Sector, Petroleum Reservoir Production & Engineering, Product Development, Reverse Engineering, Software Engineering, Modelling & Intelligent System, Urban Environmental Issues & Natural Development, Waste Management & Environmental Sustainability, Wellbeing & Behavioural Issues, and Reverse Engineering & Kaizen.
The University, through CUCRID, is driving earnestly one of its core values, which is capacity building. Realising the role played by the technical staff of the University, training schemes have been developed to enhance the capacity of this category of workers. Many of them are already enjoying sponsorship to attend training sessions both nationally and internationally. The University has embraced this idea of developing the capacity base of the technical workers, considering the ever emerging trends of new technologies. We just have to keep abreast with global trends. Furthermore, more funds have been made available to support faculty to attend conferences and to access research grants, all with the purpose of driving research at cutting edge. The University is committed to supporting faculty with great ideas that will solve the problems confronting the world, especially the African Continent.