CSIR COUNCIL CHAIRMAN VISITS CSIR-CRI
The Chairman of the CSIR Council, Dr. Abe Incoom has visited CSIR-Crops Research Institute at Fumesua as part of his familiarization tour of CSIR institutes. He was accompanied by Director-General of CSIR, Dr. Victor Agyeman. With the issue of commercialization high on his agenda for the visit, the Council Chair discussed with the Director and other members of staff, how the Institute’s commercialization drive could be enhanced to increase internally-generated funds (IGF) and sustain CSIR-CRI’s research efforts. The Chairman challenged Research Scientists of CSIR-CRI to be more innovative and creative with these words: “As scientists, you are innovators. You need to bring your innovation and creativity to the fore to leverage the commercialization drive of the CSIR”. He promised to ensure that the necessary policies are put in place to reward scientists who bring in funds through commercialization.The Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin, outlined measures the CSIR-CRI had put in place to generate income at the institute. “More winnable proposals will be submitted to funding agencies to access more funding for our research work”, she said. The Director-General praised CSIR-CRI for her contribution to IGF at the CSIR Head Office and encouraged the institute to do more. The Council Chairman and the Director-General were taken to the Biotechnology Laboratory where they were briefed on research activities at the Lab.