Research & Creative Thoughts

About Us
The Directorate of Research & Creative Thoughts, Federal University of Lafia was established in December, 2021 as a facilitation center that provides focus, guidance and coordination of the diverse and dynamic academic research activities in various faculties, centers and units of the university. As nexus between the University and the community, it develops network between the centers and researchers by building sufficient support for innovative and research capacity and opportunities for staff, Post- Doctoral Fellows and graduate students. Laying premium on research, it increases human resources investments in cutting-edge research initiatives for mutual benefits related to the goals of the university. It has the responsibility of transforming the society by providing innovative solutions to myriads of challenges facing the nation. It thus serves as animator and motivational impetus for achieving research excellence, which will transform the university as one of the best destinations for quality research and education in Nigeria. The Federal University Lafia is dedicated to trail the blaze by driving innovation across industry, supporting businesses to access the knowledge that will help them to develop their global competitiveness. The Directorate of Research & Creative Thought (DIRECT) has planning and operational responsibilities for advancing and supporting scholarship, creative activities, research collaboration/partnerships, external funding, compliance, entrepreneurship, and commercialization. This will allow the university key into relevant evolving global trends of academic discourse and enduring research creativity, innovation and excellence in contemporary global economy.
Activities

I.Promoting and facilitating cutting-edge research, including collaborative and disciplinary research, in areas related to the goals of the University
II.Building and providing sufficient support for a community of innovative researchers to enhance research capacity at the University, and to increase internal and external research opportunities for Faculty, Post-Doctoral, Fellows and graduate students
III.Developing networks between the research center and researchers in the field in the public and private sectors, locally, nationally and internationally
IV.Acting as the nexus between the University and the community with respect to research initiatives of mutual benefits
V.Research and Creativity, Fairs & Exhibitions
VI.Policy and Academic Resourcing
VI.Promotion of Intellectual and Creative Thoughts Contents
Aims & objectives

.To become a renowned directorate facilitating creative research, novel thoughts and innovation for positive socio-economic transformation of the nation
.Coordinating, Training and collaborating in cutting-edge research community of academic centers and supports for linkages within and without for socio-economic development
.Integrity, Innovation and Excellence
.Focus on increasing our internationally co-created and co-authored research outputs;
.Increase the number of research partnerships with business by 25%;
.Increase the level of Knowledge Exchange Income by 20%; and
.Improve our positioning within the top 25% of UK Universities within the next REF assessment for research power
.Increase the level of our overall research grant awards by 50%;
.Provide support, incentives and leadership for researchers to undertake interdisciplinary research of global excellence funded by the most prestigious grant awarding bodies;
.Strongly embed within our research environment FULafia’s chosen interdisciplinary research themes of creativity and culture, healthy communities, sustainability and social renewal, underpinned by investment from FULafia;
.Give greater clarity around what it means to be a great FULafia researcher so that each colleague understands the personal expectations of everyone, which will enable us to realise our strategic ambitions; and
.Enhance the institutional support for developing impact pathways, creating value within the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.
News

Representing the University at the collaboration between Federal University of Lafia and National Space Development Agency, Abuja, 2023
Representing the University at the Collaboration between Federal University of Lafia and Division of Agric Colleges, Samaru/ABU Zaria May 2023
Represent the Federal University of Lafia at the 2024 EXPO organized by the Federal Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, Eagle Square Abuja
Collaboration with the School of Postgraduate Studies on some projects such as a.) 3MT; and b.) Book Project
Collaboration with the Directorate of Centre for Open, Distant and e-Learning on projects such as a.) Virtual & Blended Research Training for Deans & Directors and b.) Training of Young Academics on Research Grantsmanship, Institution Based Research, Accessing Research Grants etc virtual
Organize a Training workshop on How to choose Area(s) of Specialization / Career by collaborating with the School of Postgraduate Studies and Center for Open, Distance & e-Learning
Training younger academics on preparation of Research Visibility
Provision of Research Ethical Clearance form and Certificate for researchers in FULafia
Provision of FULafia Research Policy Document and Intellectual Property Policy DocumentRepresenting the University at the collaboration between Federal University of Lafia and National Space Development Agency, Abuja, 2023
Representing the University at the Collaboration between Federal University of Lafia and Division of Agric Colleges, Samaru/ABU Zaria May 2023
Represent the Federal University of Lafia at the 2024 EXPO organized by the Federal Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, Eagle Square Abuja
Collaboration with the School of Postgraduate Studies on some projects such as a.) 3MT; and b.) Book Project
Collaboration with the Directorate of Centre for Open, Distant and e-Learning on projects such as a.) Virtual & Blended Research Training for Deans & Directors and b.) Training of Young Academics on Research Grantsmanship, Institution Based Research, Accessing Research Grants etc virtual
Organize a Training workshop on How to choose Area(s) of Specialization / Career by collaborating with the School of Postgraduate Studies and Center for Open, Distance & e-Learning
Training younger academics on preparation of Research Visibility
Provision of Research Ethical Clearance form and Certificate for researchers in FULafia
Provision of FULafia Research Policy Document and Intellectual Property Policy Document

Welcome Address

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Directorate of Research and Creative Thoughts, Federal University of Lafia. There is no doubt that African countries need to participate in the global knowledge economy. This is done by increasing human resources investments in cutting-edge research activities. Ivory Towers have the responsibility of transformation of society as universities are in a unique position to provide innovative solutions to challenges facing the continent. Hence, universities being the engine of development, research have to be approached in a vigorous manner.

Absorbing the vision and mission of the Federal University of Lafia, the Directorate of Research and Creative Thoughts thus aspires to key into these frameworks thereby helping to make Federal University of Lafia a world class center of excellence that will be placed among the top five Universities in Africa.

To achieve this dream there is need for cutting-edge research, collaboration and synergy. Hence, the Directorate has mapped out strategies and action plans to ensure its vision and mission coincide with that of the Federal University of Lafia both in theory and practice. As a research-driven university, the Directorate provides platform for facilitating network in the academic centers/researchers by building sufficient support for creative research, novel thoughts and innovation, research capacity and opportunities for achieving research excellence.

The idea is to increase human resources investments in cutting-edge research initiatives for mutual benefits. It is also to driving innovation across industry, supporting businesses to access the knowledge that will help them to develop their global competitiveness.

I wish you a pleasant experience as you peruse the state of affairs of the Directorate and that of Federal University of Lafia – where dreams come true

Professor Adam Adebayo Sirajudeen, fniti

Director, Research & Creative Thoughts

Federal University of Lafia – Nigeria

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