Kenyatta University’s Strategic and Vision Plan (2016-2026) puts academic excellence, distinguished scholarship, creative research, innovation and community service at the core of university operations. The University Management continues to enrich its research environment in order to support faculty and students to engage creative research, entrepreneurship as well as community outreach. These efforts are aimed at contributing towards realization of Kenya Vision 2030, the Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) as well as the Big Four Agenda.
It is against this backdrop that the University launched ‘The Vice-Chancellor’s Research and Innovation Grant’. The grant is meant for both full time academic and technical staff of Kenyatta University. The new grant was launched on the 23rd October 2019 during the official opening of the Kenyatta University Biennial Research and Innovation Conference - 2019 by the Chief Guest Dr. Juma Mukhwana, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA). During the unveiling and launch of the new grant Dr. Mukwana noted that research and innovation form the backbone of the development agenda of any society and universities are expected to contribute to nation building as well as respond to global obligations such as the UN Sustainable development goals (SDGs) through research, innovation and community outreach. He lauded the University Council and Management for continually availing resources to support research, entrepreneurship and innovation.
The overarching goal of the Vice-Chancellor’s Research and Innovation Grant’ is tosupport projects that:
- Produce innovations leading to new (or improved) products, services, processes or methods anchored on intellectual property with potential for commercialization.
- Open up opportunities for strong linkages with industry and other strategic partners in various sectors.
- Articulate impact pathway and clear return on investment.
- Provide a strategy for sustained scale-up and continuity at the end of the grant period leveraging funding and resources from other sources.