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About US

Our History

The National Research Fund (NRF) is a State Corporation established under the Science Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Act No. 28, Section 32 of 2013. The Fund is mandated to facilitate research to advance Science, Technology and Innovation.

Part VII of the ST&I Act, 2013, stipulates that the Fund will constitute a sum of money amounting to 2% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product every year and such other monies designated for the Fund by Parliament, donations, endowment or grants or gifts designated for the Fund.


New Grants and Calls

Grant Categories

Multidisciplinary Research Grants

This grant supports well-defined collaborative research projects that bring benefits through the development of high-quality research products.

Bilateral/ Multilateral Research Grants

NRF initiates strategic international partnerships with different countries and funding agencies to enhance technical cooperation in the ST&I sector.

Strategic Grants

This grants addresses strategic and priority research interventions that are of national importance as the Board of Trustees may determine

Support to Scientific Events

This grant supports scientific seminars, forums, workshops & conferences.

Innovation Grants

This grant supports innovations from individuals, recognized institutions and firms for national development as recommended by KENIA.

Incubation Program Grants

This grant is directed to the commercialization of economically viable research projects.

Numbers at a glance

Ksh 6.1 Billion

Funds Mobilized

Projects Funded
PhDs and Masters Students Funded
Partnerships Established

Funding Mechanisms

Funding Mechanisms ​

Competitive Funding

This involves funding to individuals or groups of individuals, institutions and firms through Grant Proposals Calls within the National Research Priorities in accordance with defined criteria and rules. Most competitive proposals selected for funding.

Matching Grants Funding

NRF collaborates with local and international development partners to fund joint research on areas of mutual interest.

Institutional Support Funding

These are grants provided to institutions for specialized and national strategic research facilities. The grant-making will be subject to a criterion.

Latest News and Updates​

Words From CEO

Words From CEO

Investing in R&D is the yardstick to economic transformation and Job Creation. Fostering bilateral partnerships – Enhance technology transfer and set international standards for export produce, technology and manpower
Prof. Dickson Andala
DIrector/ CEO

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