What we do
The work of the ORA involves a variety of stakeholders including: the faculty management and heads of departments, department administrators, faculty and staff who serve as principal investigators; funding agencies, donors, local government, MoH, MoES and the community who are the consumers of the research findings.
The office continuously 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.
Collaboration between FoM ORA and MakCHS Grants Office in grants writing, submission and management training increased the number of grant applications in the faculty.The ORA FoM organises trainings to build capacity of Faculty and Researchers in grants writing, manuscript writing, and responsible conduct of research among other trainings. The collaborations and partnerships are key in facilitating the ORA to make quick wins on its set land marks in supporting Researchers at the FoM.
The ORA has identified and continues to identify funding opportunities and link potential interdisciplinary research teams to them. Two such teams were formed and responded to funding opportunities. One team headed by Assoc. Prof. Gertrude Kiwanuka, MS, PhD, submitted the application titled “Mbarara University Research Ethics Education Program” to Fogarty International Center; while another team developed an application on HIV for high risk populations. The ORA also assists the MURTI Fellows and their Mentors in responding to extramural funding opportunities. A dedicated grant-writing training is being provided to MURTI Fellows working with their Mentors, to develop such proposals.