Competitive Grants Scheme




\r\n\r\na) Background:

\r\nThe National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) operates a research\r\nCompetitive Grant Scheme (CGS) for the entire National Agricultural Research\r\nSystem (NARS) which comprises of Public Agricultural Research institutes (PARIs),\r\nUniversities, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Non-Government\r\nOrganisations (NGOs), and Local Governments, Private researchers, tertiary\r\ninstitutions, innovators, Agro-industry actors, Extension Agents and farmers. The\r\nobjectives of the CGS is interalia to strengthen the NARS through mobilising the\r\nbest available scientific expertise in the public and private sectors to work on\r\nspecific high priority projects in accordance with the national agricultural\r\ndevelopment strategies; promote research partnership and collaboration; improve\r\nresearch quality and increase total research funding for research by mobilising\r\nfunds from farmers, industry and other sources.


Under the CGS, there are two types of funding: the National Competitive\r\nAgricultural Research Development Fund (NCARDF) and the Zonal Competitive\r\nAgricultural Research Development Fund (ZCARDF). In both cases, focus is on\r\nresearch issues of national/zonal priorities that are not carried out as core\r\nactivities by the Public Agricultural Research Institutes.


b) Research Themes and Impact areas;


Implementation of research under NARO is organized under five research themes\r\nand five impact areas namely:




1. Understanding people, their livelihood systems, demands and impacts of\r\ninnovation: this is designed to make NARO research agenda people-focused

\r\n2. Enhancing innovation process and partnership: this addresses new methods of\r\ndoing business

\r\n3. Developing technological options responding to demands and opportunities with\r\nfocus on generating knowledge and technologies to respond to market\r\nopportunities

\r\n4. Enhancing integrated management of natural resources: this ensures that\r\nresearch process and products enhance environmental services and mitigate\r\ndegradation of the natural resource base

\r\n5. Linking producers, market opportunities and policies: this is aimed at creating\r\na favourable environment for maximising market access and incomes to end\r\nusers of technologies

\r\nImpact areas:

\r\n1. Enhanced utilization of research outputs/relevance

\r\n2. Improved farmers access to markets/marketability

\r\n3. Enhanced Agricultural Productivity

\r\n4. Improved management and sustained use of natural resource base

\r\n5. Enhanced sensitivity to gender and social concerns


c) Call Criteria for research Concept Note/Proposal:

\r\n\r\nHighly innovative Concept Notes that will deliver tangible products along the value\r\nchain addressing priority commodities under the Agricultural Technology\r\nAgribusiness Advisory services ( ATAAS) and focussing on particular agro-ecological\r\nzones of Uganda are hereby invited. The Concept Notes should be in areas of crops,\r\nforestry, fisheries, livestock and cross-cutting areas of social economics.

\r\n\r\nThe proposal shall have well defined pathways to product commercialisation with a\r\npotential to significantly improve people’s livelihoods. In addition, the proposal\r\nshould clearly demonstrate inclusion of the following elements:-

\r\ni). Contract Farming

\r\nii). Linking farmers to markets

\r\niii). Organising farmers for collective marketing

\r\niv). Improving relations between farmers and buyers/traders

\r\nv). Integrating women/Youth in value chains

\r\nvi). Gender inclusive value chain financing

\r\nvii). Linking small holder farmers to business services

\r\nviii). Using ICT to link farmers to markets

\r\nix). Pro-poor policy development and advocacy

\r\nx). Capacity building of farmers for learning and innovation

\r\nBefore devoting significant resources to develop full proposals, applicants are\r\nrequired to write short concept notes. Innovativeness, partnership, value for\r\nmoney, gender and environmental concerns and efficient dissemination of research\r\nresults will increase chances of success. The Concept Note should follow the\r\nstructure as given in the CGS Guidelines and Procedures found on the NARO\r\nWebsite: http://www. naro. go. ug


d) Eligible Institutions/Persons:

\r\nScientists from Public Agricultural Research Institutes, Universities, private\r\nresearch institutes, other research service providers who are eligible to carry out\r\nresearch, are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams and to develop proposals\r\nin consultation with research product end users. To be eligible for award, the\r\napplicant should be:

\r\n\r\ni) Resident in Uganda (at least the Principal Investigator)

\r\nii) Qualified to undertake the proposed research and development activity. For\r\nresearch, the applicant should demonstrate capacity to conduct research\r\nand deliver the stated results in the proposal

\r\niii) Recognised by the competent authority as an agricultural research service\r\nprovider


e) Available resources:

\r\nThe total fund available for each successful proposal will not exceed USD 60 000\r\nduring the period of two years.The more cost effective and realistic the project is,\r\nthe higher the chances of being selected.\r\nPlease note that the grant covers only direct research costs and can cover\r\nprofessional fees for time bound activities. It does not cover salaries, wages and\r\nallowances such as medical and housing.


f) Deadline for Submission of the concept note:

\r\nThe deadline for submission of Concept Notes is Monday, 18th September, 2015. Any\r\nConcept Note submitted after this deadline will not be accepted. Eligible\r\napplicants should submit a soft copy and hard copy duly signed to:


The Director General


National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)


Plot 11-15 Lugard Avenue


P.O.Box 295




Tel: +256(0)414320512/320341



CGS Guidelines and Procedures-2010