1.0 Introduction
Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) is launching the 8th internal call for research proposals as part of its mandate. The proposed research work must have an application components and potential impact on the beneficiaries.

1.1 Objectives of the Call

  1. Improve research output in forms of information, products and services that address national needs for socio-economic development.
  2. Increase the roles of scientific research and technological innovation in contributing to achievement of national and international goals.
  3. Promote collaborative and multi-disciplinary solution-based research with tangible outcomes
  4. Inculcate the culture of research and development through mentorship and peer learning

2.0 Categories of Fundable Research Proposals
This call consists of two (2) types of research proposals and their funding limit is as indicated.

  1. Multi-disciplinary research                 Ksh. 2,000,000
  2. Individual project                                Ksh. 500,000

3.0 Thematic Areas
All research proposals should address at least one of the following thematic areas

  1. Any of the 17 SDGs with specific deliverables
  2. Any of the 3 pillars of the Kenya Vision 2030 with specific deliverables
  3. Any of the Big Four Agenda with specific deliverables

This call emphasizes on establishment of a strong link between the academic rigor and practical knowledge product that is useful for local, national and international consumption. The applicants are required to demonstrate tangible and short-term research outputs that will have significant outcomes on the beneficiaries.

4.0 Eligible Applicants
Individuals and groups eligible to apply for the research project funding are,

  1. Full time academic staff (including staff on contract, technicians in academic division, library staff and TFs) of the University up to grade 13
  2. Current postgraduate student in the University

The following individuals and/or groups are not eligible to apply,

  1. Members of the University Management Board
  2. Members of research committee
  3. Beneficiaries of the 7th call
  4. Beneficiaries of any previous internal research grant which is incomplete

Postgraduate students should submit their research proposals with their supervisors as principal investigators because of overall project management and contractual obligations.

4.1 Eligible Cost

  1. The research fund shall cover costs of research permit, data collection, analysis of results, publication, conference registration fees, conference participation costs and facilitation for the researchers.
  2. Subsistence allowances during the research period should not exceed 20% of the total amount awarded.
  3. The researchers must allocate at least 10% of the total budget to community extension component of the research.

The research fund shall not support any other costs outside those identified in (a). After completion of the project, all capital items bought by the research fund will revert to the University.

5.0 Plagiarism

  1. All research proposals shall be subjected to plagiarism test at the University library and the Directorate of Quality Assurance.
  2. The plagiarism report must be signed by both dedicated officers as in (a) and the researcher for transparency purpose.
  3. Cut-off acceptable plagiarism levels of the proposals will be determined by the University Librarian and Directorate of Quality Assurance guided by the industry practices.

6.0 Deliverables from the Researcher
All successful grantees are expected to deliver as follows,

  1. Submit mid-term progress report that is six (6) months after receiving the grant.
  2. Publish at least one (1) paper from the research project in a peer reviewed journal.

Researchers must acknowledge financial support from Meru University of Science and Technology in their publication(s).

  1. Submit a soft copy of the published paper to the Directorate of Research Development and Extension.
  2. Submit end of the project report in soft copy (electronically signed) and make a seminar presentation at the end of the research project.

Any patent(s) made out of the research finding must be co-register between the University and the grantees.

7.0 Research Proposal Format
The proposal should not exceed fifteen (15) pages in Times New Roman, font size 12, and spacing of 1.5. It must contain the following sections:

  1. Title of the research project
  2. Statement of problem
  3. Specific study objective(s)
  4. Research questions/hypotheses
  5. Justification of the study
  6. Up-to-date literature review
  7. Methodology
  8. Expected outputs and outcomes
  9. References
  10. Work plan/log frame
  11. Itemized budget

8.0 Schedule for Proposal Processing
Following schedules will guide the processing of the research proposals

Deadlines Actions
6th  April, 2021 Call for research proposals launched
27thApril, 2021 Deadline for proposal submission
28th April – 13th May, 2021 Proposal evaluations – internal & external
25th May, 2021 Award of grants

 

8.1 Duration of Research
The duration of the research is one (1) calendar year

9.0 Proposal Review Method
Each research proposal will be reviewed by an independent internal and external reviewer. Decision to award an applicant or not will depend on an average score arrived at from the independent scores given by the internal and external reviewers as well as pass mark determined by the Research and Innovation Committee guided by the available financial resources. The proposals will also be subjected to ethical review where necessary. Each successful grantee will be required to sign research grant contract obtained from RDE.

10.0 Monitoring and Evaluation
The Directorate of RDE will monitor research projects based on the indicators outlined in the project work plans/log frame. The Directorate of research will ascertain the compliance with the proposal and expected research impact using standardized M&E tool

11.0 Application Procedure
Applicants are required to submit a soft copy (signed electronically) of the proposal and plagiarism report through: research@must.ac.ke within the deadline provided.
For enquiries, contact the Directorate on research@must.ac.ke