The University of Nairobi emerged top to win the Kenya Space Agency (KSA), Research Grant for the FY 2021/2022. KSA had set aside Kshs. 10 million for the award of Research Chairs meant for the development of 3U Nanosatellite Model, Land cover data collection Application Development and Small-Scale crop mapping Application using Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.
From the presentations by Universities, the University of Nairobi emerged as the winner followed by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology. Kenyatta University and the Technical University of Kenya tied for the second runners-up position.
The University is also a beneficiary of a grant to explore the potential of AI/ML in mapping crops under small-scale farms. The proposed Research Grant award for this category is Kshs. 2.5 million with five beneficiary universities each receiving Kshs. 500,000. Other beneficiaries were; Taita Taveta University, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and Egerton University.