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.

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Sida/ SAREC support of Capacity Building for Research

Makerere University with support from Sida/SAREC has undertaken several research projects in the Faculties of Social Sciences, Agriculture, Medicine and Technology.

The key focus of support was on research and PhD supervision in the various areas as outlined below:

  1. Faculty of Agriculture (Now College Of Agricultural And Environmental Sciences)
    Focus of support was on utilization of urban market crop waste on crop/livestock production system in the Lake Victoria region. The following projects are supported:
    • Livestock nutrition and husbandry project
    • Urban crop waste soil fertility inputs in urban and peri- urban Agricultural systems
    • Integrated pest management following use of crop-wastes
    • Social- economic implications of market waste utilization in urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture
  2. Faculty of Medicine (Now College of Health Sciences)
    The following research areas are supported:
    • Molecular Biology of Malaria
    • Clinical Pharmacology of Malaria
    • Degenerative Diseases, particularly cancer
    • Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS
    • Mental Health
  3. Faculty of Social Science (Now College of Humanities & Social Sciences)
    Focus of support was on “Consolidating Peace and Development in the Lake Victoria Regions and its Environments: The National and Local responses to Transformation from Turmoil to a more sustainable development process.’’ The following were the specific Research areas:
    • Uganda’s Foreign Policy in the Security Complexes in the Great Lakes Region from 1986
    • Agricultural Liberalisation, Gender Relations and Livelihood patterns in Central Uganda
    • Gender vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and changes in risk behaviour
    • Faculty capacity building Fund
    • Conflict and Post conflict reconciliation in Uganda
    • Public Policy, changing Gender Relations, Ideologies and Identities in Uganda
    • The Political economy of Disease in the context of conflict
  4. Faculty of Technology (Now College Of Engineering, Design, Art And Technology)
    The following research areas are supported:
    • Performance of highway pavements in the Lake Region
    • Development of Environment Friendly Architecture in the Lake Victoria region
    • Water quality management and pollution control in Uganda
    • Characterisation of high temperature ceramic raw materials in Uganda for manufacture of firebricks
    • Sustainable energy for rural development
    • Integration of small renewable energy sources
    • Geographical Information System database for Uganda

Support for research under NORAD Institutional Development Programme

The following research projects have been supported by NORAD

  1. Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation
    A multidisciplinary approach to encompass a range of species of plants, animals and socio-economic studies of local communities in Budongo Forest
  2. Faculty of Agriculture

    Ankole cow and Mubende goat genetic research through the Department of Animal Science, in collaboration with both local and international research institutions.

Directorate of ICT Research Projects include:

  1. IncubatorThe Directorate for Information and Communication Technology Support (DICTS) in collaboration with IDRC and SPIDER  software development projects
  2. AmategaituAmate Gaitu is a community of commercial farmers in partnership with researchers, students, input suppliers, processors, distributors, consultants, investors and service providers, creating, sharing and applying scientific knowledge and technological innovation through supplying high quality, value added dairy, grain and fruit products for the nourishment and health of Africans.


Makerere University Walter Reed Project

CMUWRP is a Non Governmental not for profit HIV research organization dedicated to finding a safe and effective HIV vaccine. For Details please Visit us at: www.muwrp.org

Programme for Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher-Education and Research Institutes (2007-2011)

‘Water is Life: Amazzi Bulamu’ (2007-2011) is a large multi-disciplinary project comprising a partnership of Irish Higher Education Institutions (Dundalk Institute of Technology, NUI Maynooth, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin,Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton St., The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Dublin and Queens University Belfast), Makerere University in Uganda and various NGOs. The goal of the partnership, in support of the Government of Ireland’s development goals, is: to build research capacity in Ireland and Africa and to conduct research that supports sustainable water resource management as a catalyst for sustainable economic and social development in rural Uganda.

The project is funded under the Programme for Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher-Education and Research Institutes (2007-2011) and is led by Dundalk Institute of Technology.

The partner institutions wish to recruit 8 PhD researchers as outlined in Table 1, each with a start date of 1st January 2010. All PhDs are fully funded for 36 months and Successful candidates will be required to spend time in both Ireland and Uganda as Part of their course of study. Practical work experience, particularly in a developing Country, would be an advantage for many of the projects.

The PhD scholarships will include:

  •  Relevant taught modules in the first year of study in Ireland
  •  Full guidance in developing the research topic
  •  Supervision by principal investigator in both Ireland and Uganda
  •  PhD fees paid for three years plus laptop computer
  •  Annual stipends to support living expenses in Ireland and Africa
  •  Support to attend one international conference
  •  Support to undertake field work in Uganda, including travel costs to and from Ireland as appropriate.

 For more Information Download the following  Positions - Questionaires - Details.