In July this year, Makerere University received special funding worth UGX 30 billion (equivalent to US$ 8,100,000) from the Government of Uganda to support high impact Research and Innovations that inform National Development Priorities. The first of the kind initiative arose from a series of discussions between the top University Management and Government.
The objective of the Research and Innovations Fund (RIF) is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda.
The Research and Innovation Fund is open to researchers from all Colleges of Makerere University who have research that aligns with National Priorities.
To guide the implementation of the RIF activities, a multi-sectoral Grants Management Committee (GMC) was appointed by Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) will be chaired by Prof. William Bazeyo, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration.
The GMC is charged with the responsibility of sourcing, vetting, selecting and issuing grants to teams and research groups that demonstrate a clear link to development research gaps from Government and its implementing partners.
As part of its preparatory activities for the award of research grants, the Committee has been sensitizing members of staff in all academic units in the University on the Fund and application procedure.
Today, 10th September 2019, the Committee led by Dr Roy William Mayega, Lecturer, School of Public Health, Makerere University held a sensitization meeting with members of staff at CHUSS. Staff were briefed on the Fund, expectations of the Awards Committee and the various timelines. The deadline for submission of applications for grants is this Friday, 13th September, 2019 at midnight.