The Makerere University vice-chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has revealed that the Mak Research and Innovation Fund Grants Management Committee has released the call for Applications for Research funding specifically to address COVID-19. Up to UGX 75 Million will be availed for each successful application.

This comes at a time when Uganda is taking the precautionary approach in responding to the novel pandemic. The measures taken by nationals are likely to have unprecedented impact on livelihoods.
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Therefore, there is urgent need for a domestic understanding of how this pandemic plays out in Uganda’s unique settings, and so, 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:

  • Strengthening surveillance and contact tracing.
  • Clinical manifestation, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Approaches in promoting the uptake of behavioral measures for prevention of COVID-19.
  • Agriculture and livestock production and productivity.
  • Addressing the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 (e.g. stigmatization, 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 modeling).
  • 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 application is limited to Makerere University staff only who are invited to take part in the UGX 75M project funding.
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