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Research Training Partnership Programme - Uganda
Published: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 10:51:49 GMT   Updated: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:16:54 GMT
Sida's call for proposals for partnerships between Makerere University in Uganda and Swedish universities called “Research Training Partnership Programme as an integral part of Institutional Research Capacity Strengthening” is now closed and successful partnerships have been notified.


Deadline for invited partnerships to submit full proposals to Makerere University is August 14th 2014. Guidelines for full proposal applications are available here: Guidelines

 

Background

The programme, named "Research Training Partnership Programme as an integral part of Institutional Research Capacity Strengthening", aims at supporting the strengthening of institutional research training capacity at universities in Sweden's target countries and regions, contributing to increased number of research graduates.

The Swedish investment in research cooperation over almost 40 years has resulted in islands of research capacity that can be targeted for concerted research training with the aim to develop local training in target countries.

With these developments, Swedish research cooperation has stepped up to organise bilateral/regional research capacity strengthening cooperation in accordance with normal praxis of research, i.e. open competition for collaboration. The first calls were held for collaboration with Rwanda and Bolivia, and now the turn has come to Uganda.

Please find more information in this background document:
Research Training Partnership programme


Focus of the partnerships

Collaborations can focus on strengthening research capacity through training or through supporting components essential for high quality research.

Depending on the need at MaK, postgraduate research training may aim directly at:

i) local PhD training

ii) start/continue masters training programmes for the recruitment of competent candidates

iii) continue PhD sandwich training at Swedish universities coupled with establishment of local courses until the number of researchers allows the initiation of local research training.

Comprehensive partnerships between individual Swedish universities or a consortium of universities which contribute to the development of human resources and the research capacity of Makerere University are encouraged to apply.


Applications for funding of research support such as these are also encouraged:

  • Use of research
  • Innovation
  • Quality assurance
  • Components that strengthen the conditions for carrying out research and research training

Examples of such components could be:

  • Research management
  • Library services (including electronic scientific journals)
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT).


Expected outcomes

- Quality assured research training programmes within prioritised areas of national importance established and run at Makerere University

- Long-term institution-based postgraduate research training partnerships between Makerere University and Swedish universities established and maintained and of mutual benefit

- Joint integrated research training programmes of high international standards built on the principles of mutual recognition of studies and qualifications established


Concept notes

A concept note from Makerere University describing their 10 year plan for implementing their institutional research strategic plans is available here: Concept note Makerere (pdf)

The concept note identifies areas where needs for Masters and PhD trained people lie, as well as areas that need to be supported to provide the conditions for doing research. These areas in turn address needs and priorities within national strategies on research and higher education.


Who can apply?

The call is directed to all Swedish universities. A list of participating institutions at Makerere University is available below.

Applications for research training partnerships will be accepted from Makerere University's Directorate of Research and Graduate Training and Colleges (which is the institution responsible for research training) together with their proposed partner Swedish university bodies/entities responsible for research training and with the right for examination in Sweden.


Making contact

Contact details for relevant Directorate and Colleges at Makerere University and for Swedish universities are available here.

List of applying institutions at Makerere University

Makerere University Factbook 2012-2013

Makerere University website: www.mak.ac.ug

List of Swedish universities (English)


Joint Letter of Intent

Once contacts have been made between universities, partnerships develop joint letters of intent on the programme level. Makerere University will submit an overall application based on all developed programme level letters of intent.

Guidelines for Letter of Intent

Deadline for submission of joint Letters of Intent to Makerere University was in February 2014. Successful applicants have been contacted. 

 

 
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