The Education Ministry in conjunction with British Government has officially launched the Newton Utafiti Fund to support research, science and innovation. The collaborative partnership will provide a platform to develop new knowledge partnerships in science, technology and innovation. It will enable UK and Kenya scientists to work together to achieve greater outcomes for both countries and for people around the world.
This will be achieved by increasing capability for individuals and institutions and further developing joint research and innovation programmes among academics, business, and government institutions. Some of the key areas for partnership under the Fund are Sustainable and renewable energy, food security, health, environment and climate change, Economic transition skills and jobs through manufacturing for SMEs and capacity building in big data, innovation and entrepreneurship.
In July 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries was signed at the Ministry of Higher Education in Nairobi today by Dr Fred Matiang’i, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Education, and Nic Hailey, British High Commissioner to Kenya. Initial calls for proposals under the Newton-Utafiti Fund were opened by the British Council in the month.
As a result, 11 successful applications were funded under the programme, United Kingdom(UK) offered to support five projects and three thematic workshops through the British Council while Kenya will support 3 workshops through the National Research Fund. Successful applicants were awarded during the launch of the fund in Nairobi.