The Mbarara University of Science and Technology Office of Research Administration (ORA), was created initially as a Grants Office in the FoM as one of the deliverables of the MEPI MESAU program for its Consortium institutions.

ORA provides services to its stakeholders by securing and identifying funding sources, proposal development support, formulating and reviewing budgets, negotiating agreements, obtaining and interpreting funding guidelines, promoting compliance of grant applications and contracts with sponsor and university policies and regulations and ensuring financial accountability for external funding for research and projects.