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US to collaborate with Ugandan reseacrh

MoSTI SECURES US$ 41 MILLION FOR SCIENTISTS

A fortnight ago the science, technology and innovation minister led a delegation from the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) headed by the Executive Secretary Dr. Peter Ndemere, to the United States of America (USA) on a benchmarking and opportunity identifying trip.

The major purpose was to help enhance cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI) between Uganda and the U.S. The second objective was to share ideas on global best practices in the development and management of STI for sustainable national development.

We met and held discussions with over 35 senior officials and staff from 24 (twenty-four) government and non-governmental agencies in the cities of Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

However, the highlight of the visit was the US$ 41 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Through a memorandum of understanding, this competitive research fund will be managed by UNCST, with a major focus on training more biomedical scientists and product development in the same field.

Uganda is the second largest recipient of NIH grants after the Republic of South Africa.

A number of innovation co-funding opportunities were further identified with USAID Global Development Labs, the National Science Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ugandan scientists will equally benefit from the cooperation with their counterparts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the US National Science Foundation, in materials science and nanotechnology disciplines.

Presently, MoSTI with UNCST and other relevant institutions are strategising on building collaborative partnerships with identified partners. Lessons from this trip will also be crucial in informing the ongoing processes of designing relevant STI programmes for the ministry.

In this era Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is the cornerstone for human development and economic progress. We believe that by investing more in STI, we can achieve for Ugandans better health, safer and more nutritious food, more jobs, reduced poverty and overall social and economic transformation.

All eligible scientists in the country should take advantage of this research fund and collaborative opportunities coming your way and help accelerate the transition to middle-income status.

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The UNCST was instituted to implement the provisions of the UNCST Act 1990, CAP 2009. Our primary goal is to develop and implement ways of incorporating science and technology in the national development process. The Council advises government on relevant policy matters, and coordinates research and development activities in Uganda.

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