The AVU is one of the founding members of newly formed network of collaboration in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) on energy access and efficiency, the East Africa Energy Access and Efficiency Network (EAENet) which was borne out of the just concluded EU sponsored ENRICH project. The overall objective of the ENRICH project was to strengthen STI co-operation in East African countries by promoting operational and effective management of research and innovation activities with a special focus on energy access and efficiency. Other founding members of EAENeT are University of Alicante (Spain); Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland); Moi University (Kenya); Mzumbe University (Tanzania; Makerere University (Uganda); Inter University Council for East Africa; Directorate of Research Management & Development (Kenya); Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (Tanzania) and Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (Uganda). The AVU benefited in this collaborative initiative through research capacity enhancement workshops that covered a wide range of research topics such as fundamental research administration, research support policies and procedures, as well as fundraising and grant writing.
EAENet through its portal (https://eaenet.org/) hosted by the AVU aims to continue fostering regional dialogue among academia, researchers, industry players and policy makers on STI in energy access and efficiency, as well as to improve the flow of communication between the levels of policy and operation.