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Who we are

Strathmore Academy for International Research Collaboration (SAIRC) has been established to promote excellence in research and innovation that can help address the world’s most pressing challenges concerning human development and improve quality of life for all.

SAIRC contributes to addressing challenges facing the research sector in Africa through

  • supporting the expansion of international networks,
  • strengthening and promoting the role of universities and other research institutions in society,
  • contributing to the reimagining of university education across the world under a vision of service to society, ethical leadership, and governance,
  • advancing impacts of research for the betterment of society and the expansion of research.

The Academy endeavors to empower participating institutions under its umbrella to share excellence, collaborate across borders and nurture global knowledge exchange.

SAIRC fosters and supports research that makes a positive impact to social, economic, and technological transformation of society and sustainable human development.  This is done through cross disciplinary research teams which collaborate with universities, research institutes, civil society, government, and industry to solve some of society’s most challenging concerns.

The research teams focus:

• Institutional Leadership and Governance • One Health
• Climate Innovation and Clean Energy • Digital Transformation, Big Data and Future Socie
• Agriculture and Food Systems • Family Science and Cultures
• STEM and Innovation • Sustainability Research
• Financing and Public Policy • Enterprise Development, the Future of Work and Economic Growth
• Establishment of Research Fund


SAIRC’s strategy on communicating research will be used to disseminate information on emerging research both locally and internationally, its initiatives and activities. SAIRC provides a platform where university students, academics and researchers can connect and share ideas, research, and resources.

SAIRC Services

SAIRC offers tools, advice, and input to ensure all its research is aligned with the values of the Strathmore University’s research philosophy. This includes convening partnerships globally, mentoring early career researchers and developing resources to support ethical research. SAIRC provides other services including the following:

  • Coordination of mentorship structures for young researchers
  • Computational sciences core services (IT support, high-performance computing, software licensing)
  • Administrative and management support for research involving human subjects.
  • Grant preparation support for researchers applying for extramural research funding.
  • Grant administration support for researchers conducting extramurally funded research.

Communications and media relations to disseminate research findings.

SAIRC Financing

SAIRC research projects and associated activities are funded through research grants and donations from industry, governments, foundations, and corporations obtained through the direct grant seeking efforts of the multidisciplinary research teams collaborating to carry out a research or innovation project.

Oher sources of funding for SAIRC operations and research development fund include:


  • Subvention income from Strathmore University
  • Contributions from SAIRC participating institutions.
  • Income generated from SAIRC projects and activities.
  • Research Income
  • Donations from foundations and corporations
  • Contributions from business and industry
  • Contributions from governments and intergovernmental organisations
  • Contributions from international development organisations