The Inter-university Research and Innovation Community for the Early Career Researchers in Uganda

NEMRA will create an Inter-University Research and Innovation community for the early career researchers in Uganda. Based at the network's secretariat at Mutesa I Royal University in Mengo, the community will be run by a team of NEMRA members from Makerere University, Uganda Christian University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology as well as Mutesa I Royal University. The 5-year project has received seed funds for 1 year from the Makerere Research and Innovation Fund towards mentoring ECRs, holistic researcher development, R&I ideas incubation as well as conducting joint research projects.

The project will involve:

1) Capacity building of early career researchers at participating institutions to develop research and innovation agenda: This will be done by organizing agenda-setting activities to advance cutting-edge research. The motivation is to have researchers from different fields jointly pursue projects that can bring unexpected breakthroughs and to continuously improve methodologies—as well to respond to real social problems, feed into other disciplines like health (in the case of COVID-19 challenge) and have a global relevancy.

2) Establishment and strengthening of soft infrastructure that facilitates an inter-University and Interdisciplinary network among participating institutions and in Uganda at large.

3) Coordination and management of research and innovation-based solutions through exchange activities to contribute to the National Development Agenda

4) Strengthening and advancement of research and innovation output dissemination for community engagement and policy uptake


Congratulations to NEMRA, the PI and co-PIs of the project.

The project team

1. Prof. Godfrey Asiimwe (PI- Makerere University)

2. Dr. Loice Natukunda (Makerere University)

3. Asso. Prof. Kukunda E. Bacwayo (UCU)

4. Dr. Medard Twinamatsiko (MUST)

5. Dr. Norman Mukasa (MRU)




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