The University of Eldoret through the Directorate of Research & Innovation is pleased to announce the 2016/2017 call for proposals for the Annual Research Grants (ARG). This is the second call for internal proposals since the University was chartered. The fund is meant to support adaptive research that is responsive to societal needs (community, industry, and other sectors).
The developed proposals should be inter-disciplinary, inter-school and addressing a clearly stated need in the following thematic areas:
- Agriculture and food security – nutrition, health, apparel
- Biotechnology – animal & plant biotechnology, bio-safety, bio-engineering
- Environmental Sciences – Renewable & sustainable energy, solid waste management, climate change, pollution
- Water management and sanitation – waste water management, irrigation, water quality
- ICT – System engineering, communication technology, cyber security, e-learning, e-commerce
- Socio-economic research – education, policy, governance, entrepreneurship
- Natural resource management – conservation, utilization
- Basic sciences – maths, physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry
- Sports science
This call aims at funding 8 research and Innovative projects to the tune of Kshs. 500,000 per project in the following categories:
- 3 Junior Research Grants – staff with 3 or less years of service
- 3 Senior Research Grants – staff with more than 3 years of service
- 2 Innovation Research Grants – any member of staff with innovative/new ideas, or new inventions geared towards solving a societal challenge for improvement of life.
Proposals should be developed according to the supplied application forms. The application document should clearly outline the research expertise of each collaborator and their role and contribution in the team. Student involvement in project activities is an added advantage. However, the project will only support their research activities and not fees nor stipend.
The application form should not exceed 10 pages. 2-3 page collaborators’ resumes and signature page will be appendices. The application should be accompanied by a letter of support from the Dean of School (Academic units) or Registrar, Administration (Administrative units) of the PI.
For the successful proposals, it is expected that the teams will:
- Take part in an inception meeting organized by the Directorate where they will develop their project Theories of Change (ToC) and the year’s budgeted work plan.
- Ensure timely completion of project activities
- Submit quarterly reports (financial & technical) to the Directorate of Research & Innovation
- Present their research findings of the research at the University annual conference
- Publish at least 2 articles in refereed journals
Official application forms to be used and accompanying information documents are available on the University website - www.uoeld.ac.ke. All applications to be submitted in both hard and soft copies to office of the Director of Research & Innovation not later than 16:00 hrs on Wednesday 31st May 2017. Soft copy of dully completed application form and scans of accompanying documents should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Incomplete applications and/or those that reach after the deadline will NOT be considered. Only the successful applicants will be contacted. The list of the successful applicants will be posted on the University website (www.uoeld.ac.ke).
- Proposals that received funding in the first call should not be resubmitted.
Any proposal that is being funded by other donors should not be submitted. Any such proposal will be disqualified.
- Only original work should be submitted, plagiarism is highly discouraged and will lead to automatic disqualification.
- Successful applicants with research proposals using human participants and/or animals will receive their funding only after ethical approval by an accredited Institutional Ethics Review Committee.
- People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.