Makerere University has received special funding from the Government of Uganda to support high impact Research and Innovations that informs national development priorities. This first of the kind initiative arose from a series of discussions between the top university management and Government. The fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a catalyst to Uganda’s march towards Middle Income Status. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda, especially the un-funded priorities.
This Financial Year, Makerere University expects to receive a total of 30 Billion Uganda Shillings (equivalent to US$ 8,100,000) under the Government Research and Innovation Fund (RIF). Of this, 15 Billion Ushs has already been disbursed to the University. Government has committed to provide this funding continually for atleast three Financial Years. Makerere University Management has responded promptly: A Framework for Management of the RIF has been developed and approved by the University Council. A multi-sectoral Grants Management Committee (GMC) has been appointed after wide consultations with the Colleges. Available funds are obligated to be spent within the current Financial Year, with tangible results that speak to national priorities. The GMC, therefore, plans to source, vet, select and issue grants to teams and research groups that demonstrate a clear link to development research gaps from Government and its implementing partners.