Lecturer Lands Multimillion Research Grant

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Simon Kiragu

A lecturer at the Kabarak University, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has landed Ksh18.5 Million research grant from the National Research Fund.

The university's Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Henry Kiplangat made the announcement today April 21st in a memo sent out to all staff and students of the institution.

''I am pleased to inform the Kabarak University Community that Dr Moses Thiga, our lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, has won a research grant of Ksh18,566,000 from the National Research Fund,'' read the memo.

A scientist isolates wild poliovirus at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi on July 28, 2016.
A scientist isolates wild poliovirus at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Nairobi on July 28, 2016.
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The Vice-Chancellor went on to thank Dr Thiga for writing a grant proposal that opened the door for the institution to research on an area of national priority.

He is expected to lead a team of six multidisciplinary and multi-institutional researchers from various universities and research firms to conduct research on e-Health for Universal Maternal Health Coverage amongst Underserved Counties and Vulnerable Population Groups in Kenya.

The National Research Fund (NRF) is a statutory body that was established in 2013 under the Science Technology and Innovation Act No. 28 of 2013.

The Fund is mandated to facilitate research for the advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) for National Development within the country.

Dr Thiga's funding proposal emerged the top amongst 58 proposals that were submitted for funding by researchers from other institutions.

Nairobi and Kenyatta Universities had the most submitted entries for funding tying at 8 proposals from each institution, with researchers from Maseno University submitting 6 research funding proposals. 

Each year the National Research Fund calls out on researchers to submit various proposals, with the winner getting a grant to enable them to research more areas that affect wider society and find the solution to problems affecting society such as diseases. 

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