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NINLAN Research Policy

The ultimate aim of research policy is to set out principles, procedures and guidelines relating to the planning, conduct, management and funding of research in NINLAN.

Objectives of Research

The National Institute for Nigerian Language is expected to create a conducive environment for research. The objectives of research in NINLAN shall be to:

  1. Initiate and conduct research in Nigeria languages
  2. Direct human and capital resources towards effectively operating new knowledge, ideas and practices that enhance teaching and learning into Nigerian Languages.
  3. Utilize and exploit research findings in Nigerian Languages for contribution to National growth and development and the overall benefit of mankind.
  4. Train succeeding generation of academics and researchers interested in Nigerian Languages.

For research activities in NINLAN, the Office of Institute Research (OIR) shall be established and have overall responsibilities for research administration. Its major goals are to:

  1. Provide a creative, ambitious and supportive environment for research in Nigerian Languages.
  2. Increase applied research funding and visibility of NINLAN to enhance student learning as well as staff scholarship, professional development and community engagement.
  3. Make NINLAN a leading research-intensive institute in Nigerian Languages.
  4. Increase the Institute’s international research profile and visibility.

To achieve the goals above, the OIR shall employ the following strategies:

  1. Institutionalize, support and set research agenda for NINLAN
  2. Develop and implement appropriate research strategies for the Institute
  3. Regularly make available to all researcher’s information on research opportunities, grants and research funding agencies.
  4. Disseminate information on current trends and projects in language teaching and learning.
  5. Ensuring the legal protection and commercialization of intellectual property of NINLAN publications.
  6. Translating research results in Nigerian Languages into innovations.
  7.  Develop structures and processes to meet research objectives as well as compliance with the requirements of funding agencies
  8. Provide technical support in proposal writing to students, staff and researchers
  9. Promote knowledge transfer through dissemination and publishing of research outputs.
  10. Liaise with internal organization to raise the research profile of NINLAN
  11. Promote research collaboration and partnership and create links between the Institute and funding agencies.
  12. Maintain a strong monitoring and evaluation framework for research in NINLAN.

Apart from the OIR, there shall be other organs that support research in NINLAN. The roles expected of them shall be consistent with their respective mandates. The organs that support research in NINLAN shall consist of the following.


  1. The Office of Institute’s Research (OIR): The main organ that shall be responsible for management of research in NINLAN is the OIR, which shall function through four units, namely: Linkages and Partnership Unit (LPU), Intellectual Property Unit (IPU), Institute Research Unit (IRU) and the Administrative Support Unit (ASU).
  2. There shall be Institute Research Grant Committee (IRGC) which shall guide the activities of IRU.
  3. Each school shall have a Research Committee known as School Research Committee (SRC) which shall work in tandem with the IRU.
  4. Each academic department shall have a Research Committee known as Departmental Research Committee (DRC) which shall work in tandem with the IRU.
  5. Membership of the Research Committee shall be drawn from senior and experienced academic staff within the departments and schools as the case may be.
  • Dean or his/her appointee not below the rank of a Professor (or Associate professor where there is no professor)
  • A representative of each Department in the school not below the rank of a Senior Lecturer
  • Administrative Officer/ Assistant Registrar from the school as the Secretary.
  • HoD (Chair)
  • At least 2 other members in the Department
  • Departmental Secretary as the Secretary

The Institute Research Grant Committee shall emphasize the promotion of a research culture in NINLAN by recommending regularly to the Academic Board research procedures, regulations and awards and so on that will apply to staff and students.

The school and Departmental Research Committee are expected to contribute significantly to the preliminary assessment of research plans or proposals

  1. The Departmental Research Committee shall carry out detailed proposal and make appropriate recommendations to the School Research Committee (SRC).
  2. The School Research Committee shall carry out detailed assessment of research proposals and make recommendation to the Institute Research Grant Committee (IRGC).
  3. Researchers shall make periodic reports to IRGC through the School Research Committee (SRC).

The IRGC shall support initiatives aimed at improving the contributions of the Departments and School to the assessment of proposals.

Research Policies

  1.  The Office of Institute Research (OIR) in collaboration with academic departments shall, from it time, identify priority areas of national and international interests for research within the Institute. These shall mostly concern Nigerian Languages, Natural Language Processing (NLP), building Nigerian Language Corpora, development of orthographies and documentation of Nigerian languages as well as issues and problems of national and international dimension. These would be areas into which research could have major impact on the society leading to practical change.
  2. The Institute shall encourage staff, students and persons working under its umbrella to initiate and pursue research consistent with the institute’s vision and mission.
  3. The Institute through its appropriate organs, shall advertise its expertise to the nation’s private and public sector so as to build relationship with companies and other bodies in Nigeria
  4. Each Faculty/Department is required to develop its research focus consistent with the overall strategic plan of the Institute.
  1. Individual researchers or scholars are free to select a research topic consistent with the NINLAN’s vision and mission, seek support from any source for their work, and draw their conclusions based on their research findings. However, information on such sources must be made openly available to the NINLAN’s academic community.
  2. Research techniques should comply with the ethical principles in the research process.
  3. Researchers must ensure that the sources of funding for research and all applications to be submitted are in harmony with ethical principles. Researchers must adhere strictly to the financial regulations of the Institute.

All proposals submitted to the Institute Research Grant Committee (IRGC) shall be subjected to expert assessment at the Departmental, School and Institute levels through procedures determined by the IRGC from to time. In addition, applications or proposals to the IRGC will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Multidisciplinary research in Nigerian Languages will be given priority.
  • The soundness of the research plan or proposal.
  • The feasibility of the research plan within the time frame, the financial estimates as well as the available material and human resources.
  • Whether the aims of the research project lend themselves to realistic interventions and improvement in learning conditions.
  • The potential for the training and involvement of junior researchers.
  • The ethnical standard and compliance with ethical provisions.
  • Expected outcomes and/ or anticipated benefits.
  • Dissemination plan.
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan.
  1. Senior academics are encouraged to involve Junior academics in research project as a form of mentorship
  2. There shall be a Principal Investigator (PI) for every research project
  3. All PIs must seek and understand the Institute’s policies relating to the conduct of research 
  4. The PI shall be responsible for coordinating the research to ensure it follows the research procedures or the steps in the conduct of research.
  5. The PI must ensure that required reports are submitted to the IRGC and other appropriate bodies according to the stated timelines.

The principle of freedom of access by all interested persons shall apply in respect of all research findings

The following guidelines shall be applicable to all scholarly communications in which multiple authorships are involved:


  1. The principal investigator and the senior member of staff involved must ensure the overall accuracy and validity of the publication.
  2. All authors must share responsibility for the published work and have the opportunity to receive all sample preparation procedures, data collection and analysis.
  3. Each author should participate in the manuscript preparation process prior to submission for publication and should agree to their inclusion as co- authors. 
  4. Note that all research project must be prepared for publication.
  1. It is the responsibility of the researchers to determine authorship rights.
  2. The IRGC shall be the final arbiter in case of problems concerning matters of academic authorship and acknowledgment.
  3. Copies of researches emanating from research approved and for sponsored by the IRGC must be submitted to the Committee.
  4. The IRGC shall publish an annual document of all research publications emanating from the Institute

The IRGC shall encourage Departmental/ School Research Seminars. The reason is that Research seminars often provide the environment for the conceptualization of research ideas, updating knowledge, and identifying areas requiring further research.

  1. Both the Institute and the Principal Investigators have rights pertaining to access to, the use of and maintenance of original research data.
  2. To ensure the needed and appropriate access to research publications, the Institute shall take custody of all research data through the Institute Research Grant Committee (IRGC).
  3. The PI is responsible for the collection, management and retention of research data.

The National Institute for Nigerian Language shall dedicate at least 5% of its annual recurrent grant to funding research. To support its research activities, the Institute shall vigorously solicit research funds from public and private organizations, philanthropists, international agencies as well as provide consultancy or translation services or engage in commissioned researches.

Based on these research policies and given that the foremost mandate of NINLAN is to carry out research geared towards development of Nigerian languages and to produce Nigerian language teachers, research groups that comprise academic staff were formed. The groups, their leaders, their focus and meeting dates in a year are as follows.

Research Groups

Leader: Prof. N. P. Ijioma

Focus: To discuss previous projects and works done on Nigerian languages/culture. To use some of the data collected for the documentation to indicate knowledge of the subject matter.  It discusses how previous studies done on the language will provide successful approaches to the documentation at hand.

Meeting Dates: Second Thursdays of every month

Leader: Prof. O. A. Emejulu/Dr. U. Epepe

Focus: To identify research areas and conduct studies that would boost the theory and practice of communication and literacy skills in Nigerian languages.

Meeting Dates: Second Wednesdays of every month

Leader: Dr. U. H. Ikonne

Focus: To identify and collate existing resource materials for teaching Nigerian languages. To develop and validate resource materials for blended Nigerian languages curriculum delivery. To produce resource materials for teaching content areas in Nigerian languages as required in early basic education. To train staff and teachers on the skills of production and improvisation of varieties of resource materials for Nigerian languages teaching.

Meeting Dates: Third Wednesdays of every month.

Leader: Dr. A. S. Cookey

Focus: to identify basic science textbooks and translate them into seven Nigerian languages namely: Igbo, Yoruba, Hasua, Efik/Ibibio, Fufulde, Urogbo and Tiv. To document glossaries of scientific terms in the indigenous languages.

Meeting Dates: Last Wednesdays of every month.

Leader: Dr. F. O. Imu


Meeting Dates:

Leader: Dr. F. Ugorji

Focus: To establish the grammatical pattern of all Nigerian languages towards the enhancement of literacy in indigenous Nigerian languages. 

Meeting Dates: Third Fridays of every month.

Leader: Dr. N. B. Ohaike

Focus: To identify languages without orthography and language groups. Train members of the group on orthography development. Work in synergy with language groups and NERDC to help develop orthographies of languages 

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays every month

Leader: Prof. C. Okeogu

Focus: To translate materials in English and other foreign languages into indigenous Nigerian languages and development of terminological data bank for Nigerian languages

Meeting Dates: Last Thursdays of every month. 

Note: All the groups are coordinated by Prof. C. Ugwu.

NINLAN formed grant writing club that is aimed at training academic staff on grant writing that will prepare them to package quality proposals that will go through stages of screening and eventually win. Currently, the club is working on three proposals as follows:

  1. LEAP Challenge to Accelerate Organization’s Education Solution: The focus of the proposal is to replicate Bab Fafunwa’s six-year project in five South-East State. This is led by Dr. N. B. Ohaike
  2. UNESCO-Madanject Singh Prize: The focus is to identify terms for narcotics drugs in various Nigerian Languages. This is led by Prof. C. Okeogu
  3. Global Convening Programme to Provide Significant Opportunities. This is led by Dr. F. O. Imu