Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT)

The University is always seeking to increase its investment in research, recognising that pertinent and applicable research is critical to the development needs of the country.

Research funds come from a variety of sources.

Research Publications Makerere is exploring different ways to dessiminate the variety of research taking place at the University. The University is currently piloting two research publications outlets:

Government Collaborations & Partnerships

As the oldest and premier public university in Uganda, Makerere University partners with the Government of Uganda, mainly through the line Ministries and other autonomous/semi-autonomous agencies. Makerere is the leading trainer of Human Resources for the Government of Uganda as evidenced by the large number of her Alumni, serving in the Judiciary, Legislature and Cabinet arms of government.

Makerere University has developed a focused research agenda that is multi-disciplinarity and draws on the University's vast expertise.

Research proposals that focus on a specific problem that may cut across several disciplines are given priority in funding.

On the basis of the National Government plan known as Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP), the University selected 6 themes amd 5 cross cutting areas that make up the University's Research Agenda. the Research Agenda themes are as follows:

A variety of research projects are taking place across the University. In the following section, we highlight some of them.

Makerere University Regional Center for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI)

MaRCCI is an African Regional Centre of Excellence for Crop Improvement supported by a grant from World Bank (2017-2022). MaRCCI builds upon Makerere University’s highly respected PhD and MSc training in plant breeding that was initiated as a regional programme by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in 2008.

The Vehicle Design Project is an innovative research project aimed at applying contemporary technologies to develop sustainable transportation solutions for Uganda and Africa.

The Project was inspired by the Vehicle Design Summit (VDS), an International Student-Led Consortium aimed at Leapfrogging Sustainable Transportation Technologies.