NRF made a Strategic Multidisciplinary National Call to address COVID-19, Cancer incidences and the Locust Invasion in Kenya. The concept notes and proposals have since been reviewed and are awaiting expert inputs on prioritization in light of the emerging issues since the call was made and the limited funding levels. In view of this next step of expert opinion on the 3 Strategic Calls, which is on-going, the Fund will by 28th February, 2021 finalize and notify the researchers and the public at large of the successful projects eligible for funding.
The need for a proper institutional framework to be established with the role of harnessing and directing funds towards meeting the national ST&I goals led to the enactment of the Science Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Act of 2013. The ST&I Act No. 28, Section 32, of 2013 led to the establishment of a National Research Fund (NRF) with a mandate to mobilize, allocate and manage financial resources to facilitate an effective national innovation system that would create required knowledge and innovations in all fields of Science and Technology for the growing economy.