2020 TETFund National Research Fund Grants Cycle for Nigerian Researchers

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) wishes to invite application from the Nigerian research community the public in general public for the current 2020 NRF Grants Cycle. The process of accessing the 2020 NRF grants involves the response to this Call-for-Concept-Notes by the Principal Investigators of the proposed research projects, to be followed later by the submission of full proposals by only those whose concept notes have been evaluated and the research projects are considered fundable. Application opened on 22nd June 2020.



The twenty-eight prioritized thematic areas of research are, as presented below, in three categories: Humanities and

Category 1Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation
Thematic Area 1Agriculture and Food Security
Thematic Area 2Health and Social Welfare
Thematic Area 3Transport
Thematic Area 4Power and Energy
Thematic Area 5IT, Computing & Telecommunications
Thematic Area 6Space Science and Technology
Thematic Area 7Geosciences
Thematic Area 8Science and Engineering
Thematic Area 9Water & Sanitation
Thematic Area 10Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Thematic Area 11  Sustainable use of Natural Resources and Terrestrial   Ecosystems  
Category 2Humanities and Social Sciences
Thematic Area12National Integration, Conflict, Defence and
Thematic Area 13Education and Human Capital
Thematic Area 14Economic Development and Globalization
Thematic Area 15History, Culture, and Identities
Thematic Area 16Languages, Literatures and Media
Thematic Area 17Social Development and Welfare
Thematic Area 18Population and Migration
Thematic Area 19Governance, Politics, law and Ethics
Thematic Area 20Tourism, Sports and Recreation
Thematic Area 21Gender, Equity and Social Inclusion
Thematic Area 22  Humanities, Social Sciences, Technology and Business Interface  
Category 3Cross-Cutting
Thematic Area 23Entrepreneurship & Wealth Creation
Thematic Area 24Environment, Housing & Urban and Regional Development  
Thematic Area 25Resource Governance
hematic Area 26Science, Technology, and Innovation System Management
Thematic Area 27Blue Economy
Thematic Area 28Clean and Affordable Energy


Lecturers in any of our public universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in Nigeria are eligible. Multi-Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary research projects, comprising researchers from various disciplines, are most highly encouraged. The Principal Investigator (PI), who must preferably be of professorial cadre in a university, chief lecturer in a polytechnic or college of education, will lead the research team and be personally responsible and held accountable for the conduct of the research. An added requirement is that the PI must be institution-based, with the PI’s institution regarded as the Coordinating Institution. However, in line with the approval of Board of Trustees (BOT) of TETFund, additional members of the research team can be drawn from researchers in private tertiary institutions, research institutes, Centres of Excellence, and the industry. This is consistent with the global best practice of involving non-governmental organizations and other non-state actors in research projects that are to address national needs.


The process of application is entirely on an online platform. The Principal Investigator is expected to visit nrf.tetfund.gov.ng upon the opening of the Portal, where he or she will be closely guided on the preparation and final submission of the concept note. All the submitted Concept Notes will be evaluated by the National Research Fund Screening and Monitoring Committee (NRFS&MC). The PIs of the successful Concept Notes will be communicated to proceed to the preparation of the Full Proposals which will also be processed online. The PI and, at least a member of the Research Team of an adjudged fundable proposal, shall be invited to defend their proposal before the NRFS&MC. Thereafter, the successful proposals for grant awards will be presented to the Board of Trustees of TETFund for approval.


The Concept Notes should be submitted online from 2nd June 2020

For any enquiry, please contact the TETFund NRF Secretariat using the following email

addresses: salihugb@tetfund.gov.ng, odoju@tetfund.gov.ng, bashirgaladanci@yahoo.com, oabamiro@yahoo.com


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