The University Research Council (URC) was established February 15, 2012 by the order of the Vice-Chancellor, with an initial membership of seven persons and Professor Deboye Kolawole, Provost of the College of Pure and Applied Sciences, as the first Chairman. Professor Samba Diop, the Director of the Center for Sponsored Projects (CSP) was the Executive Secretary. Other members of the Council were Professor Abiola Irele (Provost College of Humanities Management and Social Sciences), Professor Leo Daniel (Provost College of Engineering and Technology), Professor Nike Lawal (Head Department of Language and Literary Studies), Alhaji H.T Subairu (Desk Officer ETF - non-voting member) and Mr. David Hannis (Director Community Development – non-voting member). With the departure of Professor Diop, Dr. Killian Ikwuakor was appointed CSP Director and Executive Secretary in May 2012. Later in the year, after Mr. Hannis left, Professor Bayo Lawal was appointed a member of the Council.
The Council was mandated to meet and propose to the Vice-Chancellor the disbursement of N13,514,000.00 (consisting of N3,514,000.00 carried over from 2010 and N10,000,000.00 for 2011) allocation from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for intervention on institutional research. Prior to the establishment of the Council, the CSP had disbursed N13,486,000.00, out of a total of N17,000,000.00, to seven faculty researchers for the years 2009/2010 intervention period.
In 2012, an additional N10,000,000.00 was allocated by TETFUND, increasing the total research intervention available for disbursement in 2012 to N23,514,000.00. Out of this amount, N3,514,000.00 was awarded as a special research grant, and N16,608,943.00 was awarded to twelve researchers on the basis of their successful response to requests for research proposals issued by the CSP/URC.
The spectrum of research being performed would benefit farmers in Kwara State Local Government Areas, help us become better teachers and examination evaluators, make us appreciate the contribution of women in Arabic literature, enable Kwara State government cultivate its multiple small-scale businesses, and enhance understanding among different religious groups in Kwara state. Our researchers also are investigating the use of local natural products to treat malaria and improve animal reproduction. Others are investigating methods to explore and develop unconventional natural gas resources in Nigeria’s inland sedimentary basins to improve energy distribution and wealth creation in these regions.Among its most successful initiatives, on April 18, 2013, the Center for Sponsored Projects conducted its inaugural "Lunch & Learn" session to a sold-out house of over 80 participants that included the VC's representative, members of the University Research Council, invited speakers, College Provosts, and enthusiastic research faculty. The theme of the session was, "Kwara State University: Laying a firm foundation and creating a culture of world-class research."