A stakeholders’ workshop organized by the CNHR and NACOSTI on operationalization of a National Research Fund (NRF) in Kenya was held in Nairobi on August 26, 2014. The workshop was part of implementing a mandate given to CNHR and NACOSTI by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) on developing a Conceptual Design Framework for Establishing the National Research Fund (NRF) in Kenya, in consultation with stakeholders. The workshop was attended by a total of 62 participants drawn from the Universities; Research Institutions; Government Ministries; Departments and Agencies (MDA) and funding agencies.

The workshop was officially opened by the representative of the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Belio Kipsang, Principal Secretary, State Department of Education.

The focus of the workshop was on how to develop a framework that will ensure successful establishment of a sustainable NRF. A discussion paper on “Developing a planning framework for the design and Establishment of the National Research Fund” was presented by Dr. JPR Ochieng’-Odero, Deputy Director, CNHR. The presentation cited some of the existing competitive Research Funds including challenges and best practices that can be learnt from them including a way forward on the establishment of the NRF and its key pillars. His paper was followed by a presentation by Mr. James Matata who shared his experiences on the establishment of Agricultural Research Fund (ARF) in terms of its successes and challenges. He specifically cited personal interests and tendency for donor dependency as the key challenges in setting up a Research Fund.

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