By | 28 April 2016




 The Office of Grants and Research (OGR) is pleased to announce the 2nd Call for Research Proposals for funding support from the KNUST Research Fund (KReF).

The KNUST Research Fund has been established to enhance applied, problem-solving and interdisciplinary research for the socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa. Applicants are therefore required to conceive and develop interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with external stakeholders, especially industry, to help solve the problems of Ghana. Such concepts should produce readily implementable outputs for the economic and human development of Ghana and Africa.

 Award Categories

Two types of awards will be made under this call. These are:

  1. Seed Grants: This is for small pilot or exploratory research projects focusing on exploring the feasibility of new research approaches, allowing investigators to collect preliminary data to subsequently develop major grant applications, or completing short-term research studies. Funding for these proposals shall be up to GH¢10,000 per award for a period of not more than one year.
  2. Interdisciplinary Grants: This is for interdisciplinary research projects that specifically address a national developmental issue and are also capable of shaping or influencing policy and practice in Ghana. The Principal Investigator will be required to lead a team of researchers from more than one discipline. Funding for these proposals shall be up to GH¢30,000 per award for a period of not more than two years.


Each research project must be led by a lead researcher (Principal Investigator) who must be a staff of KNUST. Previous recipients of KReF grants whose work are on-going are not eligible to apply.

Application Information and Process

Applicants must use the attached application form. Applicants are also required to read the attached KNUST Research Fund (KReF) Application Framework for guidelines and further information regarding this call. Conformance to the Framework is required and will be strictly enforced.

KReF Framework 2016

KReF Application Form


Review Information
All applications will be independently reviewed and a Scientific Review Committee will select awardees. The criteria that will be used in assessing applications are outlined in the KReF Framework.

Submission Process         
Completed applications must be sent by an e-mail attachment in which all required application and supporting documents have been assembled into a single PDF file by email to and Please ensure that your application is sent to both e-mail addresses. Only electronic submissions received by the deadline will be accepted for review.
The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, 29th April 2016.


Contact Information

For further enquiries, contact the following persons:
Ms. Nadia Tagoe
Office of Grants and Research

Ms. Florence Aboh
Office of Grants and Research

Visit Link for the First Kref Awardees.