The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb. Amina Mohamed, has re-appointed KEPSA Education sector board Vice Chair (Tertiary), Dr. Vincent Gaitho, and KEPSA Public Finance Sector Board Chair, Dr. Habil Olaka, to be members of the National Research Fund for a period of three years.
Kenya’s interest in the promotion of ST&I has been on through various initiatives. During the first Medium Term Plan (MTP I), one of the focus areas was to create deliberate efforts to address intensification of innovation in priority sectors. To address this, in 2008/2009 financial year the Government consolidated the research funds that were under, the then Commission of Higher Education (CHE) into a research endowment grants budget line which was administered by the then National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) on behalf of the then Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The initial allocation of this grant amounted to KES 250,000,000M which increased overtime to the tune of KES 497,000,000M by 2015/2016 fiscal year.
The purpose of the research endowment fund was to support advancement of scientific research, inventions and Innovations and build capacity in ST&I sector for national development. The Funds targets funding of ST&I sector in priority areas in relation to the development agenda of the Government as provided in Vision 2030 among others policies documents.