NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR SCIENCE,TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION (NACOSTI)

The RIMS Research Information Management System was developed by the Kenyan government to expedite Licence application process for researchers at the same time improving the efficiency and transparency of the entire research permit application process.

APPLICATION FOR A RESEARCH LICENSE

Target Group

All persons intending to undertake research in the country

Requirements

Application for a Research License is submitted online by visiting the link https://research-portal.nacosti.go.ke/

The application shall be accompanied by:

  1. Photograph  - The size of the passport photo is 2*2 inches (51*51 mm) head must be between 25-35 mm from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. It should be coloured and in JPG or PNG format and below 450 pixels.
  2. Identification Document  - This entail national Identification Card (ID) for Kenyans and bio page for passport, alien ID for Non-Citizens. This should be in pdf format.
  3. Introductory Letter  - The applicant should submit a letter from relevant institution that is signed by an authorized officer. The letter should include name, title of research, research sites, duration of study and other relevant information.
  4. Affiliation - Non-Kenyans who intend to undertake research in the country must be affiliated to a local relevant institution. The institution should have the capacity to host, monitor, evaluate and report on the research project. This should be demonstratable through their current human resource, facilities and mandate. The affiliation letter should be signed by an authorized officer and be valid for a period of one year.
  5. Grant Letter  - The applicants are expected to upload a grant letter from the funding agency to support the amount indicated for funding of the project. The letter should include name of recipient, title of the project, amount and other relevant information.
  6. Ethical Approval  - Ethical approval is desirable for all research however, it is mandatory for research involving human subjects and use of laboratory animals. Applicant must submit an approval from an Accredited Institutional Ethics Review Committee.  
  7. Clinical Trials - Applications seeking clearance to conduct clinical trials must submit approval from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.
  8. Genetic Resources and Derivatives - Applications to conduct research on genetic resources and derivatives must submit Prior Informed Consent (PIC), Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT); Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) where applicable.
  9. Research Proposal - Applicants are required to submit/upload an approved research proposal in pdf format. This should include: Title, Abstract, Literature Review, Problem statement, Objectives, Justification, Methodology, Workplan, Budget, Expected output, Mode of dissemination of the Findings, References/bibliography Research Instruments and relevant Annexes.
  10. Payment - Payments for research licensing, applicants should pay through Mobile money transfer or direct bank deposit. The amount payable should be as per the service charges – as a link to the table and is exclusive of transaction charges. All fees paid for this service is non-refundable.

Payment Details

  • East African Citizens  

Kenya Shillings Account

Mobile money:          Mpesa Express or Paybill Number 680907      

OR

Bank: Kenya Commercial Bank
Branch: Kipande House
Account Name: National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation
Account Number: 1104162547
Swift Code: KCBLKENX
Transaction Description: Research Licence Fee

 

 

 

 

 

  • Non-Kenyans

US Dollar Account

Bank: NCBA Bank
Branch: City Centre
Account Name: National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation
Account Number: 1001467375
Swift Code: CBAFKENX
Transaction Description: Research Licence Fee


 

 

 

 

Service Charges

Category of Research EAC Countries Kenyan Citizens Non Africa Rest of Africa
Student Attachment undergraduate or diploma KES 100 KES 100 USD 150 KES 200
Research (Masters) KES 1,000 KES 1,000 USD 350 KES 2,000
Research (PhD) KES 2,000 KES 2,000 USD 400 KES 4,000
Individual Post Doctoral KES 5,000 KES 5,000 USD 500 KES 10,000
Public Institutions - KES 10,000 - -
Private Institutions - KES 20,000 - -
Commercial/Market Research - KES 20,000 - -
Companies - KES 20,000 - -

The same fee applies for renewal of Research License

Conditions of License  

According to the Science Technology and Innovation (Research Licensing) Regulation 2014, all persons issued with a license must abide by the following conditions:

  1. The License is valid for the proposed research, location and specified period.
  2. The License any rights thereunder are non-transfer.
  3. The Licensee shall inform the relevant County Director of Education, County  Commissioner and County Governor before commencement of the research.
  4. Excavation, filming and collection of specimens are subject to further necessary clearance from relevant Government Agencies.
  5. The License does not give authority to transfer research materials.
  6. NACOSTI may monitor and evaluate the licensed research project.
  7. The Licensee shall submit one hard copy and upload a soft copy of their final report (thesis)  within one year of completion of the research.  
  8. NACOSTI reserves the right to modify the conditions of the License including cancellation without prior notice.

Duration of License  

The validity of the License shall be one (1) year from the date of issuance.  

Renewal of License  

In case the research project has not been completed within the stipulated period, the researcher may apply for renewal of the License and pay the requisite fee. Under the circumstances, the researcher is expected to apply for renewal by attaching a progress report instead of a proposal. The progress report must indicate the objectives and activities that have been accomplished while indicating the research work that is yet to be undertaken.

That Submission of a request for renewal of approval should be at least thirty (30) days prior to expiry of the approval period.

Conduct of Research

All persons granted research licenses must abide by the conditions of the License and all applicable Regulatory and Legislative framework. 6: REPORTS According to the Act, an applicant who has been Licensed shall deposit a hard and soft copy of the final research report to the Commission within one year of completion.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Commission may conduct or cause to be conducted an evaluation of research carried out under the Act for the purpose of assessing and evaluating compliance with the conditions of the license.

Rejection and Appeal 

If the application does not meet the conditions required under the Act, the Commission shall reject the application and communicate the reasons to the applicant. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Commission under these Regulations, may appeal to the Cabinet Secretary within thirty days of being notified of the decision Detailed information is available on the Guidelines on Research Licensing and Institutional AffiliationIn case the research project has not been completed within the stipulated period, the researcher may apply for renewal of the License and pay the requisite fee. Under the circumstances, the researcher is expected to apply for renewal by attaching a progress report instead of a proposal.  

Detailed information is available on the Guidelines on Research Licensing and Institutional Affiliation