Makerere University Research & Innovations Fund: Call for Applications Response to COVID-19:

Makerere University Call for applications on Covid 19
Makerere University Call for applications on Covid 19

Uganda is taking the precautionary approach while responding to the novel COVID-19 pandemic. This means extensive social distancing, locking of public spaces and public transport and allowing only essential services to continue.

These measures are likely to have unprecedented impact on the livelihood of Ugandans.

There is an urgent need for a domestic understanding of how this pandemic plays out in Uganda’s unique settings. Therefore, proposals are invited for short-term projects that identify key challenges and possible interventions arising during and after the COVID-19 pandemic as outlined but not limited to the following themes:

Targeted themes for interventional research and innovation:

  • Strengthening surveillance and contact tracing
  • Clinical manifestation, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19
  • Approaches in promoting uptake of behavioural measures for prevention of COVID-19
  • Agriculture and livestock production and productivity
  • Addressing psychosocial impact of COVID-19 (e.g. stigmatisation, sexual and gender-based violence-SGBV)
  • Livelihoods resilience, socio-economic impacts and income transfers
  • Health system issues and health shocks from other high burden diseases
  • Education and ICT (including Data mining and modelling)
  • Justice, security and human rights (including employee retention and employability)
  • Low-cost appropriate technologies in response to COVID-19 (e.g. Engineering and manufacturing)
  • Innovations in preventive health care against COVID-19

The proposal should:

  • Not be under any funding currently.
  • Have short term delivery results (3-6 months).
  • Fit in a budget of Ugandan Shillings  up to 75,000,000/=.
  • Clearly state what immediate potential effect will be achieved.

Who can participate?

This call is open to all Makerere University staff (i.e. academic and non-academic), and the proposal can be with or without collaborators. All Makerere University staff are eligible to apply for this special COVID19 response call as principal investigators (PIs), including those with active RIF awards. Interested non-makerere-based participants should apply through a Makerere-based PI.


The deadline to receive proposals is Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 11:59PM East African Time.

How to Submit Applications

To submit your application, create an account at and login to manage your applications. ONLY applications received via the portal will be accepted.

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