The University has been active in research, both at the individual and institutional level. UENR has established two research centers namely, the Earth Observation Research and Innovation Center (EORIC) and the Center for Climate Change and Gender Studies (CCCGS).
The University has been engaged in DFID research project titled ‘Baseline Study of Riparian Communities in the Volta Basin Ghana’ and also involved in a capacity building project under the ‘Akosombo, Kpong Dam Re-optimization project’. The University has also been involved in another research project titled “Strengthening Innovation and Technology Dissemination for Sustainable Development in Cereals , Cocoa and Coffe Value Chains in Western and Eastern Africa” (SATTIFS) sponsored by the European Union.
UENR is also part of 4-year (204 – 2018) research programme on partnerships between the private sector and smallholder tree crop (cocoa, oil palm, macadamia, and mango) farmers in Ghana and South Africa under the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) – WOTRO Global Challenges Programmme. Another research project UENR is undertaking is the NWO-WOTRO Food & Business Applied RESEARCH (2016 -2019) on ‘Improving smallholders’ food and income security by introducing non-timber forest products in reforestation schemes and tree-crop farms.
At the individual level, lecturers and researchers of UENR have won numerous award, arising out of their research. In the course of the year, Dr. Mark Amo-Boateng, a member of staff of the University made UENR proud when he led the only African Team to reach the semi-finals of the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous , fast and high -resolution ocean exploration.
The $7 Million winning prize, will allow the wining team to fully explore and map the ocean floor, and uncover the planet’s greatest wonder and resource for the benefit of humanity. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) has set also aside $1 Million bonus prize to incentivize teams to develop technologies to detect the source of chemical and biological signals underwater.
Dr. Samule Fosu Gyasi, a Lecturer of the Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering (REEED) was honored with “Wash Research Award” by the International Society of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) at its 2016 Conference on Water and Sanitation held at London in the United Kingdom.
The ISNTD is an independent organization organization, providing a multi-disciplinary global platform to alleviate the burden of NTDs on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, with the ultimate goal of reaching sustainable healthcare provision and poverty reduction in the developing world.