The University of Dar es Salaam has an obligation to contribute to the national social and
economic development through teaching, research, innovation and public services to the
community. Despite its competent human and physical resources, UDSM is confronted with a
number of challenges that hamper attainment of its noble obligations. One of these challenges
pertains to access to and availability of financial resources for research and innovation
activities. In order to have effective contributions to national development initiatives, UDSM
research activities are designed to focus on areas of national development priorities.This
requires a comprehensive but dynamic Research Agenda that can guide researchers to solicit
funds to facilitate their research activities. The UDSM Research Agenda 2018/19 - 2028/29
therefore aims at enhancing multidisciplinary research approach in solving societal problems.
On the other hand, there is need to connect the role of research as well as UDSM's role
nurturing innovation and advancement of entrepreneurial skills and commercialization of
invented technologies (products and processes) for national development and attainment of
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On this understanding, a new grant category of
innovation and entrepreneurship has been introduced in this call.
Through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research, the University of Dar es Salaam
has set aside research and innovationgrant fund amounting to TZS 1,000,000,000 (One Billion
Tanzanian Shillings) in the 2019/2020 financial year. This funding initiative aims at building
capacity in areas of research and innovation for UDSM academic staff members and students
as an important step towards promoting visibility of the University.
It is envisaged that members of academia from various disciplines will jointly prepare research
proposals as multidisciplinary research groups for possible funding by the University of Dar es
Salaam. This year’s Call for Competitive Research, Innovation and Commercialization of
Technology Grants Proposals will have three main categories in which UDSM researchers will
compete to submit their proposals for funding in line with the research areas outlined in the
UDSM Research Agenda clusters. For more details please read the attachment.