National Fund for Advancement of Science and Technology (NFAST) managed under COSTECH is applied for, through either an open call or commissioned call strategically positioned to carter for research. Recently, COSTECH using the setup and experience of NFAST has established and institutionalized an innovation fund window within NFAST. This innovation fund window will increase opportunities for different actors to innovate and thereby to the build-up of a National Innovation System. It will also enable innovators to innovate together with researchers, hence reduce the existing weak linkages between research/higher education institutions and the private sector.
Support to schools
The development partners who are in support on establishment of the Innovation Fund Window under the NFAST and has already contributed to the fund are Sida and HDIF.