Thanks to the Vice Chancellor’s research and innovation grant, Mount Kenya University faculty members have sharpened their innovation tools. An unprecedented number of them have published and presented research papers over the last one year alone.
Dr Francis Muregi, the Director, MKU’s Directorate of Research, Grants and Endowments, says the culture of innovation has taken root in the university. “The grant has built the institutional capacity of staff and students,” Dr Muregi indicates. “This is seen in the increasing dissemination of research findings. If the researchers want to attend a conference to share their findings, the grant will sponsor them to the function. If they want to publish their research and a journal asks them to pay, the grant will take care of the expense 100 per cent.
If researchers want to protect and copyright their intellectual property, through registration or patenting with relevant bodies, the grant will lend support.” Dr Muregi explains that the grant exists to spur a research and innovation culture at MKU for knowledge generation. He gives the example of the engineering department’s Mr Peter Mithamo who has been assisted to register two patents: a tumbler compositor that creates compost from food wastes and a solar food drier.