Evaluation of Africa-ai-Japan Project Funded Research Proposals Underway

Prof. Hiroshi Koaze (left) interacts with a researchers poster during recent competitions organized by Africa-ai-Japan Project

The Africa-ai-Japan project has kick-started a three-day evaluation of research proposals which will be funded by the Japanese Government during the Japanese Government Fiscal year 2022/23.

The Innovation research grant is intended for JKUAT/PAUSTI staff and students drawn from the project’s sub-taskforces namely: Innovation and Prototyping Integrated Centre, Innovation Centre for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Innovation Centre for Bio-resources and Innovation Centre for Computer Application and Technological Solutions.

While presenting their research proposals, researchers were required to expound on the feasibility of their research based on their potential to contribute to Kenya’s national targets, Vision 2030, Big Four Agenda as well as some of the 17 goals spelt out in Sustainable Development Goals by United Nations.

Research proposals were divided into four 4 categories: (1) Long-term research projects, (2) single year research projects, (3) start-up research assistance and (4) selected research topics.

Category one (1) was allocated a budget of up to Ksh.4000,000 per year, while category 2 and 3 have budgets of up to Ksh. 600,000 per year respectively. Category 4 has been allocated Ksh. 3000,000.

Speaking during the opening day of the evaluation exercise, Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Africa-ai-Japan Lead, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze, congratulated the researchers for presenting in-depth research proposals.

Prof. Koaze stated that Africa-ai-Japan is looking forward to tangible results from the researchers, and they will be critical in driving the development agenda across the country.

While thanking the Chief Investigators for playing key roles in the development of the research proposals, Prof. Koaze urged researchers to be mindful on how they spend their research funds.

“I urge researchers to consult with the Project’s office whenever they have difficulties budgeting the research funds in order to have quality research outputs,” said Prof. Koaze.

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