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Welcome to the Directorate for Research Support,Dissemination and Uptake. The directorate is Kenyatta University’s institutional unit in the Division of Research, Outreach and Innovation (RIO) mandated to capacity build researchers with strategies, skills and interest to translate their research knowledge, published materials and evidence-based interventions into a product that is user-friendly to targeted stakeholder, users and audiences. 

Dr. Susan Musembi   --Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Dr. Steven Runo       --Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Biosafety Officer and Facility Manager (Plant Transformation Unit)
Dr. Lucy Kamau        --Department of Zoological Sciences
Prof. Ethel Monda     –Department of Microbiology
•Regulator                 --(selected based on proposal being reviewed)
•Community member --(selected based on proposal being reviewed)

Introduction
Welcome to the Directorate of Research Support at Kenyatta University. The Directorate’s purpose is to support researchers at Kenyatta University to conduct high quality research that is relevant to societal needs and competitive globally. Research is one of the key focus areas at KU that powers innovation, support academic activities, generates revenue, and enhances relevance and visibility of the university.

KU has enormous potential for high quality research in the large number of qualified staff in diverse areas of specialization, modern infrastructure and facilities, and strong collaborations established globally. The Directorate’s goal is to harness the potential through implementation of skills development activities and promoting best practices in grant writing and management, among other activities.

 

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Dr. Maina Mwangi
Director

Research Support & Dissemination

Vision

Propel Kenyatta University to leadership in research productivity through effective grants acquisition and research capacity development.


Mission

To develop KU’s research capacity and competitiveness for external grants funding.

Specific mandates
big-black-dotSource for and provide information on funding sources and requirements.
big-black-dotOrganize and conduct proposal writing workshops.
big-black-dotCoordinate the development of large, multi-disciplinary university research proposals
big-black-dotCoordinate internal review of grant applications in response to funding announcements
big-black-dotOversee reporting of research progress and funder satisfaction on project completion.
big-black-dotCoordinate the establishment of university research skills and capacity inventories
big-black-dotOrganize training to update staff knowledge and skills on research methods.
big-black-dotBuilding research capacity of academic staff to enhance teaching and supervision of postgraduate students.
big-black-dotDevelop and strengthen research partnerships nationally and internationally
big-black-dotWork closely with directorates, departments, schools & colleges to enhance research in KU.

Guiding principles
To promote ethical conduct in research and inspire trust and confidence the Directorate will:
big-black-dotUphold openness, honesty, objectivity and accountability.
big-black-dotProtect and treat with the necessary care all information of a confidential nature.
big-black-dotAct with fairness, transparency, and impartiality.

1.Facility Inspections
IBC shall inspect laboratories and confined field trials (CFTs) using approved checklists provided by the National Biosafety Authority. Inspection reports are maintained in files of Institutional Biosafety Authority.

2.Training
General biosafety training is mandatory for all individuals conducting research. Through the NBA, The IBC organizes for:
•Regular academic training and refresher courses on biosafety for principal investigators, trial managers, technical staff and students involved n GMO research
•Training and refresher courses on national guidelines and protocols for Project staff and IBC members

3.Record Keeping and Retention
IBC maintains documentation of all biosafety related material and retains them for at least three (3) years after the project’s expiry. These include:
a)IBC minutes
b)PI’s protocols and any attachments
c)List of IBC Members
d)Copies of research records, permits, notifications
e)Inventory of experimental materials in the facility
f)Documentation of all biosafety related training for their research personnel and activities undertaken at the facility:The IBC makes all records accessible for inspection and copying by authorized NBA representatives

Functions of IBC
a)Facilitate applications preparation
b)Advise institution on Biosafety matters
c)Assist institutions to establish monitoring plan for risk assessment & management
d)Ensure compliance to National Biosafety Authority approval conditions
e)Review and ascertain suitability of containment (Physical & Biological)
f)Advise Institution and Principal Investigator on mitigation measures in case of accident.