The University of Dar es Salaam has a noble obligation to contribute to the national development through teaching, research, innovation and public services. Guided by its grand Vision 2061, the University seeks to become a leading center of intellectual wealth spearheading the quest for sustainable and inclusive development. This Vision is coupled with an aspiration of becoming a world-class university that is competitive, relevant and responsive to the national, regional and international needs and challenges of the 21st century. In achieving all these, the University sets out to conduct inter-disciplinary and multi/trans-disciplinary research by providing research funding to academic staff members. This requires a comprehensive and 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 promoting research projects designed to find practical solutions to societal needs and emerging challenges.

One of the challenges that the University of Dar es Salaam seeks to address through research is the global pandemic of COVID-19, which has led to massive loss of lives worldwide accompanied with serious negative repercussions to the economy, politics and social fabric of many countries in the world.  The negative impacts of COVID-19 will likely be more pronounced in developing countries including Tanzania. It is on this basis that the University of Dar es Salaam is setting some funds aside to support research projects that aim at investigating the dynamics of COVID-19 including its epidemiological aspects as well as its socio-economic impacts and mitigating measures.

In the 2020/2021 financial year, the University of Dar es Salaam through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research has set aside research and innovation grant amounting to TZS 1,500,000,000/= for University of Dar es Salaam Main Campus. In same line, Dar es Salaam University College of Education and Mkwawa University College of Education have set aside TZS 200,000,000/= each for the grant. 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. More details can be found in the attached document--link below!