The National Planning Commission (NPC) joins the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) as it launches the Science and Technology Fund this Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. This follows government’s first ever injection of money amounting to K291 million in the 2021-2022 budget to operationalise the fund. Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje is expected to be the guest of honour during the ceremony. The Science and Technology Fund is a government tool for advancing research, science, and technology and innovation in Malawi through direct investment in the sector. It will, among other things, be used to fund – through loans or grants – any research or study, training, application, awards as well as transfer and commercialization of research results, products or services in the field of science, technology and innovation in the country. It directly supports the realization of the Malawi 2063 national vision and the MW2063 First Ten-Year Implementation Plan (MIP-1) which are anchored on science and technology in the transformation of Malawi into an inclusively wealthy, self-reliant, industrialized upper middle country.