The Sida bilateral collaborative research program has been the largest so far at Makerere University. The program is coordinated by the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DR&GT) since inception in 2000 and implemented in three phases so far.

The planning phase of the bilateral research support program was in 2000-2001 for SEK 15.0 million followed by Phase I implemented between 2002-2005 for a total research support of SEK 105.110 million. This was followed by Phase II (2006-2009) supported with SEK 118.0 million making the total Sida support to Makerere University since 2000 of SEK 238.11 (Eq. USD 34 million).

The research support has led to tremendous achievements in capacity development and research outputs and impacts within and without the university. The Makerere Program, therefore, was selected and show cased as a success story at the Sida review meeting in Sweden in 2009.

This phase III consolidates the achievements made in the previous two phases in the area of program coordination and administration, cross-cutting courses and labs, and the DSS in the period 2010-2013.

In addition, support in this phase is towards three new areas: to strengthen research capacity in other public universities in the country to compete in the knowledge generation arena through training at PhD and Masters level, provide funds for competitive research grants to postdoctoral students, and the development of a regional network among universities in Africa that have benefitted from the government of Sweden research support similar to Makerere University.

Within this phase, the overall policy guidance is provided by a Steering Committee chaired by the Vice Chancellor and an alternate chair. Unlike in previous phases and to ensure more efficiency and effectiveness, the membership on the steering committee is drawn from within and without Makerere University.

The total amount of financial support requested is SEK 73 million that includes the overhead costs of 15%.