The portfolio of research to be undertaken in FUNAI consists of the following areas, among other themes that may emerge from time to times:
- Discipline-specific research areas, to be undertaken in all the disciplinary areas that make up the University.
- Cross-cutting issues such as food security, climate change, renewable energy, environmental sustainability, etc.
- Issues of development
- Socio-cultural implications of technological advancement and the diffusion and adoption of new technologies.
- Investigation of indigenous knowledge and practices derived from folklores oral literature with a view to (i) documenting such knowledge and practices so that the inherent rich cultural and traditional knowledge preserved and conserved, (ii) distilling and understanding the scientific basis of the same, and (ii) refining and repacking technologies arising and developed there from for commercialization, dissemination, diffusion and mass adoption.
- Strategies for exploitation, beneficiation and commercialization of minerals deposits in the catchment area of the University, as a means of fostering economic development and job creation.
Objectives of Research at the University
From the foregoing, the following objectives of research shall be pursued by the University:
- To pursue basic and applied research across the disciplinary areas represented in the University, with the purpose of advancing the frontiers of knowledge through organized, systematic inquiry and solving problems of economic development, social cohesion, cultural advancement and human well-being through problem solving research.
- Such knowledge generated through research will be integrated with training and community service, so that the delivery of training and service to the larger community is and driven reinforced by experiential outcomes.
- To anticipate the needs of the local, national and global communities which are informed by policy reviews, needs and gap analyses, trend forecasting and such other predictive tools, including modelling techniques, such that the deliverables from research in FUNAI are timely, purpose driven and consumer-oriented, thus fulfilling the requirement for local, national and global relevance.
- Organize research groups across disciplinary boundaries in order to undertake research in issues of development and human well-being which usually require the pooling together of different perspectives and disciplinary strengths and tools.
- Such quality and quantity of research undertaken in FUNAI shall spurn innovation, which shall, in turn, stimulate new advances in product development, service delivery and market performance.
- By the quality and quantity of research emanating from it, FUNAI will undoubtedly and consistently occupy a pride of place as one of the leading centres of research globally.