Brief Background on Office of Grantsmanship

Grantsmanship Office was established in FY 2006/2007 and named Office of Research Development through International Extra Mural Associate Development Awards grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the US. Current Grantsmanship Office was set up in year 2008 and is located at KEMRI Headquarters, residential Apartment 18. The overall objective of Grantsmanship department is to provide support in research financing and development of sustainable research and grant management capacity, and creation of effective synergy and networks within KEMRI and with donors and partners in public and private sectors.

Contribution toward research

For external grants, Office of Grantsmanship contributes in Pre-award stage. This is a grant compliance process that happens before a grant is awarded to an applicant; these includes

Finding funding opportunities and Assisting Scientists in grants application (interpretation of sponsor’s guidelines/policies, budget preparation, acquisition of letters of support and online submissions). The office is also engaged in Post award non-financial submission of external research grants. Below is a list of Government of Kenya Projects Awarded From 2011 to 2019


The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Internal Research Grants (IRGs) funding mechanism seeks to strengthen research capacity in the Institute through supporting innovative research projects. The scope of the research proposals/projects to be supported in the 6th innovations call 2020/2021call must be in line with;

  1. KEMRI’s Strategic Plan- (
  2. The National goals and priorities of Kenya’s National Health Sector Medium Term Strategic Plan-(
  3. Kenya Vision 2030-(

Projects that contribute new knowledge applicable to Universal Health Care will have added advantage.  However, proposals that demonstrate exceptional creativity and potential for great impact will equally be considered. Please click here for the link to Guidelines for the 6th innovations call 2020/2021, guidelines for 10th Early Career Scientists call 2020/2021 and necessary application forms.

  1. Biosketch Form
  2. 6th Innovation Call Application Form
  3. 10th Early Career Scientist Application Form 


No. CENTRE Title Principal Investigator
   1. CBRD Generation, Characterization, Maintenance and Propagation of Mice Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Their Application in Pre-Clinical Animal Model of Diabetes Kimani Gachuhi/ Dorcas Wachira
   2. CCR Assessment of gaps in diagnosis and access to treatment of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Gilgil Sub-County, Nakuru County, Kenya Margaret Mbuchi
   3. ESACIPAC Evaluation of the national school based deworming programme and determination of drug efficacy to detect possible emergence of drug resistance in soil-transmitted helminths in Kenya Janet Masaku
   4. Production Department Development and validation of quality formulations of key antiseptics and disinfectants in Kenya.  James Kimotho
   5. CGHR Experiences and challenges faced by adolescents with perinatal HIV infection in western Kenya Richard Lando
   6. CGMRC A smartphone application for community-driven disease surveillance in KHDSS: A feasibility study  Nelson Kibinge
  7. CIPDCR HIV Drug Resistance Testing as a standard of care in Kenya. Matilu Mwau
   8. CPHR Investigating Barriers To & Enablers Of Scale Up Of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) To The Community Level In Homa Bay County Joseph Mutai 
   9. CMR A Pilot Study To Determine The Spectrum Of Opportunistic Fungal Pathogens In Cancer Patients In Selected Cancer Treatment Facilities In Kenya Appollo Obanda
  10. CVR Evaluation Of Anti-Oxidant, Anti Hiv And Anti-Cancer Properties Of Green, Black And Purple Teas In Kenya Joseph Muriuki