160 researchers and innovators are set to benefit from the second round of the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (Mak-RIF).
The Fund, which is comprised of a 16-member committee headed by Prof. William Bazeyo, the university Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration -- was started to issue grants to teams that demonstrate a clear link to the government and its implementing partners’ key development research gap.
It is funded by the government under the Research and Innovations Fund (RIF) to support high impact research and innovations.
It was rolled out in the 2019/2020 Financial Year with an initial injection of Shs30 billion, the same amount that has been earmarked for the current financial year.
It is because of such initiatives that the university continues to be among the best on the continent. Makerere University was recently ranked Africa’s fifth-best university and the best in East Africa, according to the latest World University Rankings by Times Higher Education-September 5th, 2020.
The Fund has also enabled Makerere University to further contribute to the growth and development of other universities and affiliated institutions of higher learning including Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Makerere University Business School among others.
For the second phase of funding, the grants committee conducted a comprehensive stakeholder consultation to identify thematic areas of focus for the grant.
“These consultations included meetings with representatives from key government sectors, semi-autonomous government agencies, the private-for-profit sector and civil society,” reads a statement on the university website.
The committee triangulated this information with that from the draft National Development Plan III, Makerere University Strategic Plan and Research Agenda and the thematic outputs from the RIF Round 1 proposals.
To this effect, the statement says, the Mak-RIF Round 2, Track 1 has awarded 160 researchers and innovators out of 386 competitive applications).
“These awardees will implement their projects and share actionable research products and approaches in reference to the earlier developed National Research and Innovation Agenda.”
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