The government plans to spend Sh62 billion on research and new innovations every year. Prof
Tell us more about this new body, the
We took over from the
In the past we advised the government to set up relevant research institutions and, you know, make
We recommended creation of the
You also run a key public fund. How much money do you dispense?
The science, technology and innovation fund has really grown from Sh250 million in 2008/2009 to Sh400 million this year. It has today supported 975 various research projects, innovations and post-graduate studies. Just to give you an example, we have supported 74 innovations. Out of these we have five young innovators who have formed their own companies. One has employed 10 people, another 60 people.
We have supported over 400 PhD and masters research students in different institutions competitively.
So who exactly should apply for these funds?
Anybody! You do not need to have a diploma or a degree. For innovation, anybody can apply and be funded up to a Sh1 million. For masters degree research of course it's specific; you need to be in your second year doing your research. For PhD, if you have already defended your proposal and are ready to do your thesis. For other research, we expect a certain calibre of people. So we expect scientists and researchers to respond to that. We also have women scientists fund and its purely for women. They can partner with men but the principal researcher must be a woman.
What are some of the proposals you haver supported in the past?
As far as research is concerned we have supported several disciplines. Over time we have specialised in food security, climate change, engineering and renewable energy. We also had projects related to water and sanitation. So we have virtually touched all sectors of the economy.
You have been asking the government for more money
I'm anticipating the fund will grow. We have proposed two per cent of GDP to support science, technology and innovation and also research development. That is now protected in the Science Technology Act.
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