Brief History

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.

ORA provides services to its stakeholders that include the Faculty of Medicine and the entire MUST community 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 among other services. ORA works hand in hand with the MUST Grants Office to ensure effective service delivery in Grants management at MUST.

As a unit, ORA has the following strategic direction:

ORA Vision: “To Be a Vibrant One Stop Centre Providing Excellent Health Sciences Research Support in Africa”


ORA Mission: “To provide a platform to support Health Sciences Research by developing an allround Cadre of Health Researchers and generate funds to carry out research which informs education and practice of Health Care Providers”


Core Values:

  • Accountability
  • Professionalism (up-to date with information)
  • Respect (integrity, consistency, honesty)
  • Impartial/ Equity
  • Timeliness (Communication and feedback)
  • Team work