Nurturing Early Career Researchers

Empowering the Next Generation of Scholars

In a bid to bolster the early career researcher’s capabilities, the Office of the Deputy Vice
Chancellor, Research, Innovation, and Enterprise (DVC-RIE), Prof. Margaret J. Hutchinson, on
February 15, 2024 hosted a training on Research Process. The program is funded by the
International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX). Participants came from various faculties.
The program commenced with a warm welcome extended to participants by Prof. Hutchinson,
who further elaborated on the Division’s functions and commitment to enhancing research
through dissemination and innovation. This set the stage for a series of enlightening sessions by
able experts in the field.
The Key Highlights
Research Data Management and Reporting: The Director of Research and Enterprise (RE), Prof.
Justus Munyoki, delved into the critical aspects of research data management and effective
reporting techniques.
Navigating Research Opportunities: Seasoned researcher, Prof. Catherine Kunyanga, Associate
Dean Faculty of Agriculture, shared invaluable insights on demystifying research and navigating
the research landscape. She highlighted on identifying pertinent problems, searching for research
grant opportunities and funders, forming effective research teams. She also invaluably advised
young female researchers on how to tackle the mountainous research task amidst their numerous
tasks. Participants gained essential insights for successful research endeavors.
Crafting Winning Research Proposals: Mr. Francis Njiiri, an expert in research grant
administration and management, elucidated the intricacies of designing and submitting
compelling research proposals. Emphasis was placed on adhering to common submission
requirements to enhance the chances of securing funding.
Intellectual Property and Commercialization: The Director of the Intellectual Property
Management Office (IPMO), Prof. Mary Kinoti, shed light on the significance of intellectual
property rights and strategies for commercializing research outcomes. This session underscored
the importance of safeguarding intellectual assets and maximizing their societal impact.
The training workshop, funded by IREX, served as a catalyst for nurturing research acumen of
early career researchers at the University of Nairobi and to advancing knowledge, driving
innovation, and making meaningful contribution to society.
Empowering Minds, Enriching Futures.

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