About Research

Extant studies have shown that research has variously been defined by different experts. Generally, research is seen as both inter and multidisciplinary which can be broadly categorised into basic and applied research which brings about innovation, goods and services. Research follows certain guiding principles to ensure inclusiveness, rigor, independence, strategic significance and focus; with an underlying value for professionalism, sound ethical conduct that promotes development and innovation. 


The importance of research has been elaborated in several regional as well as national development blueprints such as AU Agenda 2063, which emphasises the need to ‘…promote collaborative policy between public and private sectors for the funding of research.’(pg.53). In the same vein, the AU Strategy for Science Technology, Innovation for Africa underscores the importance of research and challenges African countries to commit at least 1% of their GDPs to the advancement of research through science and technology.


Is to create and enhance a scientifically cultured society that contributes to the realization of a knowledge-based economy to support and improve the quality of life.



To build and strengthen national capacity and competencies in STI that will enhance the attainment of economic development and national competitiveness.


Guiding Principles in Research and Development


As the Ministry responsible for research, MoHERST is committed to giving R&D a new impetus through the cultivation of a research culture, building research capacity and fostering research techniques in all the institutions. In view of this commitment, the pronouncements and objectives given below will be pursued:

To support institutions to establish the prerequisite infrastructure and mobilise funding for research activities.

In partnership with other stakeholders, the Ministry will work towards strengthening the research infrastructure and capabilities within the tertiary and higher education sector in order to increase research output.

To improve the volume and efficient appropriation of funds from government and other sources for tertiary and higher education research activities.

Government will initiate joint, strategic ventures for adequate and sustainable financing of tertiary and higher education research in The Gambia, as well as seek funding for research endowment Chairs and Units from non-state actors and affluent individuals to encourage research in various fields or disciplines.

To build partnerships, linkages and networks to help increase the volume and improve the quality and relevance of research undertaken in the tertiary and higher education sector.

MoHERST will promote and support the establishment of links between tertiary and higher education institutions in The Gambia and other relevant institutions in the sub-region and beyond for closer collaboration and cooperation in research work.

To encourage institutional and individual capacity building to acquire a critical mass of researchers in the country.

Government will encourage institutions and, where feasible, provide support for them to increase the number of academic staff with doctorate degrees to improve the volume and quality of research carried out in the country.

To encourage the application of research and development activities, including the incorporation of indigenous knowledge and to protect intellectual property rights as they relate to research and development.

MoHERST will continue to encourage tertiary and higher education institutions to undertake applied research and consultancies (national and international) in addition to other fundraising activities and community service.

To encourage NaRDIC to develop a national R&D Strategic Plan to guide the implementation of research activities and programmes.

In collaboration with other stakeholders and partners, MoHERST will develop a research agenda and map out a framework to coordinate national research activities.

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