The Directorate of Research and Graduate Training coordinates the Makerere bilateral collaborative research program supported by the government of Sweden (formerly Sida/SAREC) since inception in 2000.

The overall goal of the program is to assist Uganda in its efforts to promote research for attainment of new knowledge. In support of an environment conducive for research and research training, the program coined the slogan

“To support the supervisor to supervise” through collaboration with universities and scientists in Sweden and elsewhere. The Research support program has been coordinated by the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training.

The following units at Makerere University collaborated on this program:

The Sida bilateral collaborative research program has been the largest so far at Makerere University.

The focus of Sida support over the phased implementations has been in the following areas:

  • Training of academic staff at both PhD and Masters (tuition and research costs);
  • Joint supervision of students at Makerere with counterparts in Sweden;
  • Attendance of Conferences by both PhD students and supervisors;
  • Faculty research funds to support other researchers in supported units not directly under the Sida program;
  • University wide research fund managed by the DR&GT to support research including staff and students outside of the supported units;
  • Establishment of the Demographic surveillance site (DSS) in Iganga and Mayuge districts;
  • Establishment of the Geographical Information System (GIS) lab;
  • Support to development and running PhD cross-cutting courses;
  • Support to the Cross Cutting Biomedical Laboratory; ICT Infrastructure development, and Library resources and Services.