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History and Overview

The Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC) was established in August 2013 following the promulgation of a research agenda for the University of Cape Coast for the period 2012 – 2017. The DRIC is a registered member of Ghana Association of Consultants (GAC. 0182).

Our Vision

To have a Research, Innovation and Consultancy Directorate that is strongly positioned, with a world-wide acclaim

Our Mission

To oversee Consultancy Services engaged in by individuals and groups in the University; implement the University’s research agenda; and create conducive environment to nurture creativity and innovation.


The mandate of DRIC is to oversee Consultancy Services engaged in by individuals and groups in the University; oversee and support the conduct of research in the University and create a conducive environment to nurture creativity and innovation.

In order to fully realise this mandate, DRIC performs the following functions:

  • Develop, review, sensitise and implement tenets of University Research, Innovation and Consultancy Policies.
  • Develop and coordinate university-wide research agenda.
  • Source funding for research and manage all designated research funds.
  • Develop and routinely advise the Academic Board on the (i) criteria for the research component for promotion; (ii) motivating research effort of faculty; and (iii) sponsoring research and conferences.
  • Organise and support Departments in the collection of longitudinal data and generate a repository of secondary data by liaising with relevant agencies that collect data.
  • Coordinate all seminars and workshops in the University based on the research agenda.
  • Coordinate and support the publication of journals and books in the University.
  • Liaise with the Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance (DAPQA) to advise the University management on procedures that promote research-based teaching, and report all activities annually to the Academic Board through the Vice Chancellor.
  • Undertake Consultancy (Research Training & Advisory Services) in the areas of Education, Agriculture, Tourism, Science, Socio-Economic Development, Industry, Business and the Environment.
  • Provide a wide range of expert and professional services for the local environment and the nation.
  • Act as a clearinghouse for all individual and group consultancies in the University.
  • Identify, promote and facilitate innovations and patenting


The following are the strengths of DRIC:

  • Unique advantage of drawing on a wide range of expertise available in all Faculties, Departments, Units and Sections of the University;
  • Possess a portfolio of research and consultancy experience;
  • Mandated to image the research and innovation activities of the University;
  • External recognition as the outfit authorised to facilitate the conduct of research, innovation and consultancy in the University;
  • Mandated to use all available physical facilities, equipment and support services in the Faculties, Research Centres and Institutes of the University in the execution of consultancy projects.