Peaceful Application on Atomic Energy
Since 1965 when Kenya joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the country has remained an active member of the Agency in implementing National, regional and inter - regional projects related to the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology in food and agriculture, livestock, health, industry, water resources management, energy, environment, education and research. The collaboration is in terms of organization and participation in meeting/workshops, trainings, fellowships and scientific visits. Between 2006 and 2012, a total of 147 Kenyans have attended meetings and workshops in various countries supported by IAEA. Over the same period, 122 Kenyans have been awarded fellowships and training in various fields. The fellowships range from a period of two weeks to four years
1) Science, Technology And Innovation (St&I) Grant
NACOSTIadministers the Kenya Government Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Grant. The purpose of this grant is to support scientific research and Innovations for national development. The grant 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.
Since inception of this program in 2008/2009 financial year, it has stimulated renewed interest in researchers and innovators across the country. The grant covers individual researcher/inventors and institutions both public and private. In order to maximize the returns and increase accountability of funds, NACOSTI administers the Grant through the researchers’ host institutions and in accordance with their regulations and procedures. The allocated funds are released to researchers only on the basis of submission of satisfactory quarterly progress report and expenditure returns to the NACOSTI through their host institutions. Mechanisms for strict Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of all funded projects have been put in place.
The ST&I grants highly competitively awarded through a rigorous peer review processes. The opportunities available under this program are publicly advertised in local dailies and websites. All interested parties are encouraged to apply when the specific calls are made usually during the first quarter of financial year.
Previous funding has targeted a number of categories including:-
- Thematic research projects
- Innovation projects
- Research projects by women scientists
- Postgraduate research projects
- Post-doctoral research projects
- Bilateral matching grants (South Africa, Japan Society for promotion of Sciences)
- Research facilities
- Support of scientific conferences and symposia
- Incentives for publications
- University Industry linkages
2) ICT Capacity Building
The programme aims to catalyze the development of ICT capacity focusing on human resources, infrastructure and in the country through a collaborative public-private sector engagement aimed at encouraging and promoting emerging sectors of the industry and entrepreneurship, to stimulate broad-based industry growth, and to promote international competitiveness. Within this programme, NCST seeks to work collaboratively and in partnership with private, governmental and non-governmental bodies to ensure adequate capacity focusing on:
Provision of advice on the required enabling environment for ICT research, development and integration;
- Development of ICT-for-development strategies including e-strategies and the promotion of the strategies’ implementation;
- Advising on human resource development, human capital requirements across the country for industry workforce in the short-, medium- and long-term;
- Promoting ICT literacy, skills and competencies development among school going children, the workforce and the general public; and
- Enhancement of literacy, skills and competencies of professionals and of ICT managers in ICT among for application in various areas of application.
3) Nurturing ICT Entrepreneurship
The Entrepreneurship Programme aims at identifying and supporting the development of local promising ICT ideas/innovations into globally competitive businesses in all areas including: software and hardware products; ICT enabled Services and processes.
- Coordination of National Bioethics Committee (NBC) activities;
- Coordination of Development of National Guidelines on Health Research,
- Accreditation of Institutional Ethical Review Committees (IERCs),
- Coordination of development of National Guidelines for Use and Care of Animals in Research and Training.
4) Socialization of ST&I
Socialization of ST&I is critical more so, for Africa to transform out economies into knowledge based. There is therefore need for paradigm shift so that Kenya and indeed Africa unlocks her rich but complex history through harnessing ST&I. For ST&I to work, they need to be rooted firmly in society.
Key Areas of Socialization of ST&I include; Scientific practice, Scientific mediation, Science Communications, Scientific Evaluation, Governance, Youth and Gender participation.
- Series of national stakeholders workshops and platforms for government departments and agencies public communication officers, parliamentarians, industry, NGOs, farmers, civil society, researchers including the public on modern biotechnology and issues of concerns
- Conferences, travel, exhibition and popular open fora for scientists, researchers, students and concerned stakeholders at levels of national and county governments
Future Programmes under Capacity Building
- NACOSTI/Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (AvH)
- NACOSTI/ TWAS
- Promotion of efficiency and effectiveness in ICT use through Cloud and Grid computing
- Incorporation of Smart City concept
- ICT user needs identification and response