University of Rwanda,Research directorate


Reseach Grants Awarded 2013-2014

OUTCOME OF THE 2013/2014 RESEARCH GRANTS CYCLE

The University of Rwanda (UR), Coordination Office for Research and Postgraduate Studies (UR-CRPGS) is managing the following two Research Grants Schemes:
1. The Ordinary Research Grants Scheme that aims to support Rwandan researchers to conduct research in a scientifically rich environment; present and publish quality research; contribute to the overall research efforts in Rwanda; advance knowledge in the areas of basic and applied research; and strengthen national scientific and technical capabilities. This Scheme is open to researchers from all Rwandan R&D institutions including Higher Learning Institutions; however, the Principal Investigator must be an academic staff of UR.


2. The Post-Doctoral Grants Scheme which gives funds to recent graduates of Doctoral Degrees to carry out research under mentorship of a supervisor who commands authority in the research area. Post-doctoral grantees are expected to publish their results in reputable International Journals. The aim is to introduce post-doctoral grantees into carrying out top-notch research and publish in high calibre journals. This is a necessary step to create for Rwanda professional researchers of international stature.


The UR Coordination Office for Research and Postgraduate Studies secured funds to support the two Schemes Grants for the years 2013/2014 to 2017/2018 under the UR-Sweden Programme of Research, Higher Education and Institutional Advancement which is funded through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). These schemes are awarded on a competitive basis.


In February 2014, the UR Coordination Office for Research and Postgraduate Studies made a call for applications for the two Grants Schemes for the Granting Cycle 2013/2014. I am pleased to present below the outcome of the 2013/2014 UR Grants Scheme:


1. A total amount of RWF 434,341,838 to 26 projects involving a total of 122 researchers to carry out Ordinary Research Grants. The Principal Investigators are distributed in the following areas with numbers in brackets: Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (5), Arts, Social Sciences and Law (7), Business and Economics (4), Education (1), Medicine and Health Sciences (7), Science and Technology (2). The due to the emphasis put on the gender representation, 35% of members of research teams are women while 15% of Principal Investigators are women. It is expected that by 2017/2018 the gender balance of 50%-50% will be attained.


2. A total of RWF 189,464,499 to 13 Post Doctoral Grants’ Projects of these 5 have been won by women making 38%. The Project involve 50 researchers of these 26% are women. The Postdoctoral grantees are distributed in the following areas with numbers in brackets: Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (2), Arts, Social Sciences and Law (2), Business and Economics (2), Education (0), Medicine and Health Sciences (6), Science and Technology (1).


Below are more details of the awarded grants