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APPLICATION FOR GHANA CHAMBER OF MINES (GCM) – TERTIARY EDUCATION FUND (TEF) RESEARCH FUND FOR UMaT FACULTY MEMBERS (2020/2021 ACADEMIC YEAR)

Relevant Information/Instruction for the Application of the GCM-TEF Research Fund for UMaT Faculty Members

Introduction

The objective of the Fund is to equip Faculty Members of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa to engage in research of relevance to the mining industry and/or the nation, and to strengthen collaboration between UMaT Faculty and Industry. The Office of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ORIC) of UMaT will liaise with the GCM-TEF Governing Board to collate research problems of relevance to industry, and make them available at an application portal, accessible to the UMaT Faculty. Potential researchers will apply to the Fund with proposed solutions to the available problems. The Governing Board will constitute a Technical Committee to vet and select the awardees. The application will open on 1st December, 2020 and end by 31st January, 2021.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants
To be eligible for the Staff Research Fund, the applicant must:

  1. Be a Faculty Member of UMaT and physically present on campus;
  2. Not have benefited in two concurrent years and three concurrent years in the case of researchers doing their PhD, unless there are no other suitable applications in the year under consideration;
  3. Apply and submit a Completed Application Form before the deadline for the submission of applications;
  4. Submit only one application, and
  5. Undertake to comply with the criteria set for the disbursement of the Fund and reporting of research findings.

 Accessing the Fund and Important Deadlines

  1. The Fund is to be accessed online through an application portal set up by the Governing Board with inputs from
  2. The UMaT Office of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (ORIC) will request Departments in UMaT and the Governing Board to submit research proposal on problems relevant to the Industry by the end of September, each year. All stakeholders will submit the research proposal to ORIC by the end of October, each year. ORIC will collate the research proposals and make them available at the portal by the end of November, each year.
  3. Applications call will open on 1st December every year and close on 31st January, the following year.
  4. Applicants must access and complete the Fund application form online, and submit the completed form online before the deadline.
  5. The application should include a research proposal, well laid out to meet a need in the industry or the nation. The proposal should quantify the percentage of the expected budget to be borne by the Mining Company, whose problem is the subject of investigation and/or the University.
  6. Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline shall not be considered.
  7. The Governing Board shall constitute a Technical Committee to vet and select short-listed candidates by the end of February each year.
  8. The Governing Board will inform short-listed candidates by 15th March, each year.
  9. The Governing Board will interact with the short-listed candidates within April, every year, to find out more about the proposal and fine-tune the projects proposed.
  10. The Governing Board will announce awardees for the year by the end of April, each year.
  11. The Governing Board will release at least 50% of the Funds to the Awardees through UMaT by 15th May, each year.
  12. The remaining amount shall be released upon satisfactory reporting on the project by the Awardee in November each year.

Value of the Fund

  1. The average yearly budget for the Fund shall be the cedi equivalent of at least $40,800 and will cover 4-5 applicants depending on their requests.
  2. The value of the Fund for one application shall not exceed the cedi equivalent of $10,000, and shall cover direct research-related costs (field work, analysis, field visits, community entry, field/research assistants, accommodation, transport, meetings, time on project, stipend, airfare, conference, etc), but not salaries.
  3. In cases where the research has a direct benefit to a mining company, the company shall be expected to bear part of the cost requested by the applicant by contributing in cash and/or in kind.

Payment to Awardees

Payment of the support amount shall be made directly to the University, which will in turn transfer same to the awardees within two weeks based on the approved budget schedule submitted by the awardee. In the case of purchase of equipment or where appropriate, procurement processes shall be followed. There shall be no overhead cost from the University.

Extension of Fund

The Fund shall be awarded for one academic year; however, an extension may be approved by the Governing Board upon satisfactory reporting and justification by the researcher and/or recommendation from UMaT.

Advantage for Visible Minority

The Fund is open to all qualified applicants. However, in the event of parity, women and disadvantaged persons (for example, persons with disability, persons from less endowed departments) who meet the required criteria would be given preference.

Termination of Fund
The Fund of an awardee may be terminated if the beneficiary:

  1. Is deceased and there is no researcher designated to take over in the absence of the Primary Investigator.
  2. Abandons the research for which the Fund was originally meant.
  3. Does not keep up with the required quarterly reporting regime.

Intellectual Property
For innovative solutions which result in significant cost savings for the industry, the Intellectual Property should be protected through a patent which recognises the Researcher, the University and the Company.

Note: Application form will be available from 1st December, 2020 to 31st January, 2021