NCC awards N54.7 million research grants to five Nigerian tertiary Institutions
The Nigerian Communications Commission have rewarded five tertiary institutions that emerged winners in the Telecommunications-based Research Innovations from Academics in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions programme with Fifty Four Million Seven Hundred and Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty Two Naira, Fourteen Kobo (₦54,705,632.14).
According to a statement published on the Commission’s website on Thursday, the grants are for five projects expected to be completed within two years.
The list of beneficiaries and project focus include; Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Enugu, ₦10,147,000, Innovative Clean Energy Technology; Development of all-weather solar system for energy optimization in a mobile communication based station.
Taraba State University, Jalingo, ₦9,911,811.39, 5G Deployment in Nigeria; Design and Fabrication of Metamaterial Inspired UWB/ MIMO Antenna for 5G sub 6GHz Applications.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, ₦11,686.500.00, IOT Low Power Wide Area Network; Weather WAN: A Wide Area Network of Low-Cost IoT – Compliant Weather Stations.
Gombe State University, Gombe, ₦11,668,758, Monitoring and Localization of Drones; Intelligent and Autonomous Multi-UAVs (Multiple Drones) Swarm Monitoring for Effective Surveillance and Situation Awareness in the Nigerian Telecommunication Industry.
Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna, ₦11,291,562, Advanced method of Quality of Service (QoS) Quality of Experienced Management and Test Mechanism; Development of Intelligent Cognitive Smart Engine for Quality of Service Management in 5G Network.
According to the statement, “The Commission has awarded the 2020 Research Grants (Telecommunications-based Research Innovations from Academics in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions programme) to the tune of Fifty Four Million Seven Hundred and Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty Two Naira, Fourteen Kobo (₦54,705,632.14) only to the five (5) tertiary institutions that were adjudged to have best responded to the Request For Proposals published in national dailies and on the Commission’s website and Social Media handles on Thursday July 3, 2020.”
“The Commission appreciates all the tertiary institutions that have continued to respond to our Request For Proposal (RFP) on the Telecommunications-based Research Innovations from Academics in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Programme. We hope that you would keep submitting proposals in future RFPs.”
“In addition, we appreciate the Evaluation Committee of strategic Stakeholders, National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Teaching Academics, Industry (represented by Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria – ATCON), National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) as well as staff of the Commission, chaired by Prof. M. B. Muazu (Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria) and co-chair, Prof. Usman Aliyu El-Nafaty (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi).”
“We look forward to the successful completion of these researches and the eventual commercialisation of the prototypes, for the overall sustainability of telecommunications industry.”
“Currently, there are thirty-four (34) on-going researches in various research institutions (Universities, Polytechnics, other institutions) across the country.”
It concluded that the Commission’s promotion of research in the tertiary institutions as well as other research centres, demonstrates its commitment towards addressing challenges in the telecoms industry through indigenous solutions.