Second Call for Applications for Researcher Awards in UCC
The Academic Board approved the initiative to award outstanding researchers in the University of Cape Coast in 2015. The award shall be dispensed annually to deserving staff of the University within the year at a special ceremony. The Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC) shall liaise with the Vice Chancellor’s Office in the organisation of the award ceremony.
The Call for Applications for 2016-17 Academic Year puts on offer Five Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC500,000.00) for research grants and awards. This signifies and increase of 500 per cent increase in funding for research grants and awards in the University of Cape Coast.
The research awards are:
- Best ‘Evolving’ Researcher
- Best ‘Evolved’ Researcher
- Best College-Level Researcher
Criteria for Research Awards
Best Researcher Award
The Best Researcher Award (BRA) shall be offered to University staff engaging in research. Candidates for the award should have been confirmed as employees of the University and also, should be less than 60 years of age at the time submitting application for the award. Evidence of research output of applicants for the award must clearly indicate the applicant’s full time affiliation with the University. Researchers on leave either within the University or outside are not eligible.
Candidates for the BRA shall be categorised into three groups namely ‘Evolving’, ‘Evolved’ and ‘College-Level Researcher’, which shall lead to three awards. Eligibility to participate in either the ‘Evolving’ or the ‘Evolved’ award is based on number of years as an academic (both within and beyond the University). Applicants for the Best Evolving Researcher Award (BERA) should cumulatively, have less than six years experience as an academic in a recognised Higher Learning or Research Institution. In the case of Best Evolved Researcher Award (BEdRA), eligibility is restricted to staff with at least six years of experience as an academic in a recognised Higher Learning or Research Institution.
The following outlines the specific criteria for eligibility into each of the three categories of the BRA and award to be received:
1.1 Best Evolving Researcher Award
The following criteria shall be followed to identify the BERA:
1.1.1 Aspirants for BERA should have been employed in the University for the last six years.
1.1.2 The candidate should submit evidence of at least six publications. Candidates who have published in journals indexed in Thomson Reuters master journal list (either Science citation index or Social Science & Humanities citation index) will be considered more favourably.
1.1.3 Eligible applicants should show evidence of contributing to the visibility of the University through received citations of published articles.
1.1.4 Aspirants should demonstrate engagement with policy making and makers. Among the evidence to be considered are; evidence of policy/news briefs, roundtable discussion with policymakers and interactions/engagements with the media (either electronic or print) on policy matters.
1.1.5 Beneficiary of BERA shall receive a citation and financial award of Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC5,000.00).
1.2 Best Evolved Researcher Award
The following criteria shall be followed to identify the BEdRA:
1.2.1 Aspirants for BEdRA should have been employed in the University for at least six years and must be 60 years and below.
1.2.2 The candidate should submit evidence of at least fifteen publications. Candidates who have published in journals indexed in Thomson Reuters master journal list (either Science citation index or Social Science & Humanities citation index) will be considered more favourably.
1.2.3 Eligible applicants should show evidence of contributing to the image of the University through received citations of their published articles. Candidates with at least hundred (100) Google Scholar citations (non-self) shall be considered favourably.
1.2.4 Aspirants should demonstrate engagement with policy. Among the evidence to be considered are; evidence of policy/news briefs, roundtable discussion with policymakers and interactions/engagements with the media (either electronic or print) on policy matters.
1.2.5 Contenders for BEdRA should show evidence of either singularly or in collaboration with other researchers written research proposals or received research grants or contracts in the last five academic years preceding 2016-17 Academic Year.
1.2.6 Beneficiaries of BEdRA shall receive a citation and financial award of GHC10,000.00 and GHC8,000.00 for 1st and 2nd positions, respectively.
1.3 Best College-Level Researcher Award
1.3.1 The award shall be offered at the College level.
1.3.2 The prize shall be awarded to an academic staff in each of the five Colleges with the most and highly cited publications in Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) indexed journals.
1.3.3 There shall be one award for each College (A citation and financial award of One Thousand, Five Hundred Ghana Cedis [GHC1500.00] per College).
1.3.4 The winner must be an academic staff of the University and affiliated to one of the five Colleges of the University and must be 60 years of age or below.
1.3.5 Aspirants for the award must have published at least six papers in the last three years.
1.3.6 Three of these publications must have attracted a minimum of fifteen (15) citations on Google Scholar.
1.3.7 Academic staff with the following will have an advantage:
- Publications in journals indexed in Thomson Reuters master journal list (either Science citation index or Social Science & Humanities citation index).
- Non self-citations as evidenced by articles on Scopus.
Accessing Application Forms and Deadline for Submission
The application form for the awards can either be accessed from DRIC’s Office or electronically, either by email to be sent to all colleagues or downloaded from the here. The application forms will be available on Monday 5th December 2016. Colleagues wishing to submit their forms by email should do so via DRIC’s address - firstname.lastname@example.org.
All submissions (Application Form and Supporting Documents) should reach DRIC by Friday, 20th January, 2017.
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