Welcome Note

Welcome to the The Directorate of Research Innovation and Outreach

The Directorate of Research was established in the year 2017 as a separate entity from the then Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research. It was subsequently renamed to the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Outreach in the year 2019 in order to reflect the breadth of its mandate.

The directorate is headed by Dr Moses M Thiga, a lecturer in the school of Computer Science and Bioinformatics. Dr Thiga holds a Phd in Information Systems (Kabarak University), an M.Sc. Information Systems Management (Liverpool University), an M.Sc. Statistics (Egerton University) and a B.Sc. Computer Science (Egerton University)


Dr. Moses Thiga

Director, Research Innovation & Outreach


To be a center of excellence in research, innovation and outreach activities


To create an enabling environment for students, members of staff, stakeholders and partners to engage in research, innovation and outreach activities that promote sustainable development


  1. Integrity: Uphold honesty and strong moral principles in all decisions and actions
  2. Excellence and professionalism: Ensure and maintain high standards in the discharge of responsibility and delivery of services
  3. Patriotism: Inculcate a sense of national identity
  4. Innovativeness and creativity: Adopt and utilize appropriate technology to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery
  5. Being mindful of others: Thinking about others
  6. Team work: Great things are best achieved by teams

Through this directorate the University seeks to achieve the following in the area of Research, Innovation and Outreach;

  1. Supporting, recognizing and rewarding research, innovation and outreach activities by faculty and students in the University.
  2. Attracting and managing research, innovation and outreach grants professionally and in line with the expectations of all stakeholders.
  3. Producing and disseminating research, innovation and outreach outputs on appropriate and quality platforms.
  4. Establishing and maintaining quality platforms for the dissemination of research, innovation and outreach outputs.
  5. Producing, safeguarding and exploiting all intellectual properties in an ethical, professional and legal manner.
  6. Undertaking all research, innovation and outreach activities in line with acceptable ethical standards.
  7. Establishing and managing hubs, laboratories, institutes and centers for research in a clear and sustainable manner.
  8. Ensuring the ethical and professional management of research data.
  9. Initiating and undertaking community outreach activities in a consistent and productive manner.
  10. Establishing and maintaining relevant and productive linkages for the purposes of academic, research, innovation and outreach activities.

The Research Committee


The research committee performs the following functions:

  • Developing policies, processes and guidelines on research at the University.
  • Overseeing the management of the University research fund.
  • Overseeing the establishment and operations of research centers and institutes in the University.
  • Overseeing the organization and execution of research conferences, workshops and symposia at the University.
  • Overseeing the processes for the application and management of research grants.
  • Establishing and overseeing the structures and processes for the dissemination of research outputs at the University.
  • Identifying and addressing needs related to research infrastructure, processes and other support required by researchers.
  • Organizing for research capacity building for faculty and students.

Committee Membership

The committee comprises of the following members;

  1. Prof Jackson Kitetu – Senate Representative – Chairperson
  2. Dr Moses M Thiga – Director, Research, Innovation and Outreach  –  Secretary
  3. Prof Gladys Kiptionny – Director, Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  4. Mr Edwin Akumu – Director, Quality Assurance and Institutional Planning
  5. Ms Patricia Chebet – University Librarian
  6. Dr Wilson Shitandi – Director, Institute of Postgraduate Studies
  7. Dr Michael Walekhwa – Coordinator, Grants and Ethics
  8. Dr Christopher Maghanga – Coordinator, Editorial and Publications
  9. Mr Wilson Balongo – Coordinator, Innovation and Business Incubation
  10. Dr Philip Otieno – Research Chair, School of Science Engineering and Technology
  11. Ms Eunice Waruguru – Research Chair, School of Business and Economics
  12. Mr Fred Wekesa – Research Chair, School of Music and Performing Arts
  13. Ms Rahab Wakuraya – Research Chair, School of Law
  14. Ms Sarah Kiptala – Research Chair, School of Education
  15. Mr Josephat Tonui – Research Chair, School of Medicine and Health Sciences & School of Pharmacy

Each School in the University has a research Committee
School research committee mandate;

The school research committees work with Directorate of Research, Innovation and Outreach in;

  • Promoting research among faculty and students in the respective schools
  • Organizing school conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Organizing outreach activities at the school.
  • Identifying partners and establishing research linkages at the school
  • Overseeing publication of the school journal or journal issues in the University journal.
  • Identifying and nurturing innovations at the school.
  • Identifying and managing ethical issues in research.

The membership of the school research committee comprises of

  • The Dean of School
  • The school research chair
  • The school editorial and publications coordinator
  • The school innovations and business incubation coordinator
  • The school outreach and linkages coordinator
  • The school ethics committee representative
  • Any other member/s appointed by the dean of school

Annual International Research Conferences

The university is actively engaged in promoting research activities through the organization of an annual international research conference, the publication of a peer reviewed journal, conducting training activities for researchers and through a university research grant program.

Research, Innovation and Outreach Grants

The University acknowledges the critical need for prudent management of research grants received from external sources as well as those set aside by the University itself. This prudent management ensures that the objectives for the funding are met as well as ensure that the University continues to be a recipient of such funding from various funding sources.

University’s grants management policy


    A team of researchers from Kabarak University have been undertaking a study within Nakuru Town which is implementing and evaluating the usage of smart networks for water management. This research has seen installation of smart water meters which enable remote measurement of water flow through a household for purposes of collecting water billing information. This is a NACOSTI-NRF sponsored research project.
  • The researchers led by Dr Kirori Mindo (Principal Investigator), Dr Moses Thiga, Prof Simon Karume and Mr Stephen Kipkoro, visited one of the installation site to observe and collect findings on the operation and success of the project, as well as advise on improvements and variations that will add value to the project.

The Innovation and Business Incubation Committee

Mandate of the committee

The Innovation and Business Incubation committee performs the following functions:

  1. Developing policies, processes and guidelines on innovation management at the University.
  2. Developing and running training programs for innovators on areas such as innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization, IP Protection and in other technical areas required.
  3. Establishing innovation activities in all schools / disciplines
  4. Identifying commercially viable ideas and support their business incubation.
  5. Providing support for innovation in areas such as commercialization and IP protection.
  6. Organizing events to identify expose and reward innovators.


The committee comprises of the following members;

  1. Coordinator, Innovation and Business Incubation.
  2. School Representatives
  3. General Manager, Kabarak University Enterprises


  • The Inter Region Economic Network Technologies and Innovation Platform 2021
    Kabarak University participated the in IREN Technologies and Innovation Platform 2021 held on 13th March 2021 at the Shianda demonstration field in Kakamega County.
    The University exhibited a project dubbed ROBAMA developed by the Enactus Club in the year 2014. The prototype and demonstration were sponsored by IREN (K) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

    Through this exhibition members of the public were trained on waste management by technology transfer. The project addresses plastic waste management and comprises of a plant named ROBAMA, which uses pyrolysis method to produce diesel and gas from plastic waste. The project aims to create jobs, stimulate economies, and reimagining plastic waste management.

    The team representing the University comprised of Mr Wilson Balongo, the Coordinator of Innovation and Business Incubation, Ms Faith Yator, the Coordinator, Outreach and Linkages, Mr Shadrack Koech, Mr Victor Akoto, Mr Livingstone Mmani, Ms Teresa Valerie, Ms Salome Njeri, Ms Maria Nyabiage, Mr Samuel Wafula, Mr Bahati Innocent, Ms Marion Jeluget, Mr Maurice Moshe and Ms Elizabeth Pato.

Outreach & Linkages

Outreach and Linkages Policies

The Outreach and Linkages Committee

Committee Mandate

The Outreach and Linkages committee performs the following functions:

  1. Developing policies, processes and guidelines on outreach and linkages at the University.
  2. Establishing and overseeing outreach activities in all schools.
  3. Establishing and overseeing linkages with the community and industry in all schools.
  4. Organizing and attending community and industry outreach programs and events to identify needs and to share University research outputs.


The committee comprises of the following members;

  1. Coordinator, Outreach and Linkages
  2. School Representatives
  3. Marketing Manager

Outreach Updates

  • Harambee Khalsa Primary Outreach
    Ms Faith Yator, the Coordinator of Outreach and Linkages in the Directorate of Research Innovation and Outreach paid a visit to the girls of Harambee Khalsa primary in Nakuru East Sub County on 16th March 2021. During the visit 100 class seven and class eight girls received guidance on issues such as drug abuse and early sex exposure.
  • Kahiro Primary School Outreach
    Mr Symon Wachira, a student in the school of Pharmacy recently mobilized support for sanitary towels from his fellow students at Kabarak University. The sanitary towels donation was presented to the pupils of Kahiro Primary School in Nyandarua on 19th March 2021.
    During the event the students ware counseled on various life issues such as drug abuse, sex education and career talks.
  • Dandelion Africa Outreach 2021
    Kabarak University, Directorate of Research Innovation and Outreach held an outreach for a local Community Based Organization, Dandelion Africa between 22nd February and 29th March 2021 The objective of the outreach was capacity building for the CBO staff in order to enable them to be more effective in their community engagement activities.The areas for capacity building were; Global Health, Psychology and Counseling, and Strategic planning. A total of 20 staff from Dandelion Africa attended the training which was done online via Zoom.
    The training was undertaken by Kabarak University staff from various Schools/Departments and specializations; Dr. Wesley Bor (Medicine and Health Sciences), Dr. James Kay (Education Arts), Ms. Faith Yator (Business and Economics).
  • Dandelion Africa Outreach 2020
    Kabarak University, Directorate of Research Innovation and Outreach held an outreach for a local Community Based Organization, Dandelion Africa between September and December 2020. The objective of the outreach was capacity building for the CBO staff in order to enable them to be more effective in their community engagement activities.
    During the outreach 15 staff were trained on resource mobilization, data analysis using SPSS, marketing, bioethics, guidance and counseling. The outreach also included spiritual nourishment and mentorship sessions.The training was undertaken by Kabarak University staff from various departments and specializations; Dr. Moses Thiga (Computer Science) ,Mr. Charles Mwangi (Statistics), Mr. Gibson Gitachu (Business and Economics) ,Dr. Pamela Kimeto (Medicine and Health Sciences), Dr. Jane Langat (Counselling), Rev. Justus Mutuku (Chaplaincy) and Faith Yator (RIO) respectively.


Welcome to the Kabarak University Research Ethics Committee (KUREC)
The committee is fully accredited by the National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI) on the recommendation of the National Bioethics Committee (NBC) to review research proposals for ethical clearance before issuance of research permits. Our registration number is NACOSTI/NBC/AC/03221.
Before submitting your proposal for ethics review, please take note of the following important information:

  • Ensure that your proposal is up to standard. It should be free of obvious typographical, technical and ethical flaws;
  • Ensure that you have all other requisite approvals (institutional registration of your proposal e.g. Institute of Post Graduate Studies for all post graduate research, introduction letter from the HoD for all undergraduate research);
  • Fill in and submit a comprehensive application form. Provide concise and accurate responses to questions on the form;
  • Submit a well identified (full name) and dated full proposal document. Be sure to attach all supporting documents including and where applicable: questionnaire, consent form, diary cards, work plans, case report forms, interview guides, investigators’ CVs etc;
  • Proposals shall be submitted at most 2 weeks prior to the scheduled KUREC meeting. Any proposal submitted after the set time shall be automatically put on the waiting list for consideration during the subsequent meeting.
  • All applications shall be made in simple and easy to understand English language;
  • You may apply for ethical review under the following categories

a) Low risk review
This is a review process done to confirm that a proposed study should be exempt or is a low risk study. Low risk studies shall entail the following activities:

  • Data collected from internet sites
  • Questionnaires and surveys on non-controversial, non-personal issues on basic and de-identified demographic data.
  • Unobtrusive observational studies of people undertaking non-sensitive or benign activities in a public space.
  • Personal interviews or focus groups with participants containing non-controversial, impersonal and non-sensitive questions
  • Questionnaires or surveys containing questions about participants experiences, thoughts, opinions and beliefs

The application process for the low risk review is as follows:

  • Read the requirements for low risk studies as provided in vii (a) above;
  • Fill in the Low risk ethical review form (click here to download the form);
  • Submit a well identified and dated research proposal together with other supporting documents as specified in IV above;
  • Attach evidence of payment of the required fee

b) Full ethical review
The process of application is as follows:

  • Fill in the Full ethical review application form (click here to download the form)
  • Where applicable, fill in the “Inclusion of vulnerable populations form”. Vulnerable populations include: children, persons with disability, economically disadvantaged, elderly, homeless, mentally ill, persons with chronic diseases etc). (click here to download the form)
  • Submit a well identified and dated proposal together with all supporting documents as specified in iv above
  • If your study entails a study product (pharmaceutical or other device), proper: safety, pharmacological, toxicological as well as evidence of clinical experience with the study product must be submitted;
  • Provide clear evidence of payment of the required fees according to your research category. The charges are as follows:





Undergraduate Research 1,000 10 2,000 20
Masters  Research 2,000 20 3,000 30
PhD  Research 5,000 50 6,000 60
Funded Research  (not for award of  a degree e.g postdoc or fellowship) 10,000 100 15,000 150
Research Consultancy Project 15,000 150 20,000 200
Expedited Review Fee – 50% above normal fee



USD Payments

Full Name of the Bank: Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited

Address: P.O.Box 10-20100, Nakuru

Name of Account Holder: Kabarak University

Account Number: 0104094363701

Bank Branch: Nakuru

Branch/ Sort Code: 02009


Kenya Shilling Payments

Access Bank – 0040100000483 Nakuru

Kenya Commercial Bank – 1109663161 Nakuru

Equity Bank – 0310294445167

Mpesa Pay Bill No. – 511480; use the company name for account number information.

  • Communication on the review decision shall be made not later than 5 working days after the committee meeting;
  • Any researcher not satisfied with the decision of the committee shall have up to 10 working days following the date of communication of the decision to submit an appeal.
  • The committee (KUREC) shall from time to time monitor all approved studies to ensure that researchers are complying with all conditions as set out in the ethical review clearance certificates;
  • The committee reserves the right to nullify any ethics review certificate where there will be clear evidence of infringement of set out conditions. The researcher shall reserve the right to appeal such decisions;
  • Now that you have keenly read through the above information, we believe you are now ready to submit your application for consideration. Please click on the link below to access the submission platform:

Link to the application page – Click here

Other documents :

Study Closure form

Undesirable Events Reporting Form

Institutional Research Ethics

Ethics Policy

Kabarak University Research Ethics Committee (KUREC)

Committee Mandate

The Institutional Research Ethics Review committee performs the following functions

      1. To developing policies, processes and guidelines on ethical review at the University.
      2. Reviewing, evaluating and deciding on the ethical merits of research proposals in order to ensure and guarantee the rights, dignity, safety and protection of actual or potential individuals, animals and communities who participate in research.
      3. Ensuring compliance with ethical standards.
      4. Providing advice and assistance with regard to ethical standards to anyone undertaking such research or teaching.
      5. Handling complaints or queries made by any interested person with regards to ethics in a research activity.
      6. Granting ethical approval for research activities by University staff, students and other parties seeking review and approval from KUREC.


The committee comprises of the following members;

    1. Coordinator, Ethics
    2. School Representatives
    3. Director, Quality Assurance
    4. An External Member
    5. Two lay persons

Editorial and Publications

Editorial and Publications Policy

The Editorial and Publications Committee

Committee Mandate

The editorial and publications committee performs the following functions

  1. Developing editorial and publication policies, processes and guidelines for the University.
  2. Establishing and maintaining vibrant University journals and other publications.
  3. Identifying reviewers and editors for the University publications.
  4. Organizing training programs for faculty and students in the area of academic publications
  5. Providing support for University conference submissions review and publications.


The committee comprises of the following members;

  • Coordinator, Editorial and Publications
  • School Representatives
  • University Librarian