Competitive Grants Scheme



a) Background:

The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) operates a researchCompetitive Grant Scheme (CGS) for the entire National Agricultural ResearchSystem (NARS) which comprises of Public Agricultural Research institutes (PARIs),Universities, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Non-GovernmentOrganisations (NGOs), and Local Governments, Private researchers, tertiaryinstitutions, innovators, Agro-industry actors, Extension Agents and farmers. Theobjectives of the CGS is interalia to strengthen the NARS through mobilising thebest available scientific expertise in the public and private sectors to work onspecific high priority projects in accordance with the national agriculturaldevelopment strategies; promote research partnership and collaboration; improveresearch quality and increase total research funding for research by mobilisingfunds from farmers, industry and other sources.

Under the CGS, there are two types of funding: the National CompetitiveAgricultural Research Development Fund (NCARDF) and the Zonal CompetitiveAgricultural Research Development Fund (ZCARDF). In both cases, focus is onresearch issues of national/zonal priorities that are not carried out as coreactivities by the Public Agricultural Research Institutes.

b) Research Themes and Impact areas;

Implementation of research under NARO is organized under five research themesand five impact areas namely:


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

2. Enhancing innovation process and partnership: this addresses new methods ofdoing business

3. Developing technological options responding to demands and opportunities withfocus on generating knowledge and technologies to respond to marketopportunities

4. Enhancing integrated management of natural resources: this ensures thatresearch process and products enhance environmental services and mitigatedegradation of the natural resource base

5. Linking producers, market opportunities and policies: this is aimed at creatinga favourable environment for maximising market access and incomes to endusers of technologies

Impact areas:

1. Enhanced utilization of research outputs/relevance

2. Improved farmers access to markets/marketability

3. Enhanced Agricultural Productivity

4. Improved management and sustained use of natural resource base

5. Enhanced sensitivity to gender and social concerns

c) Call Criteria for research Concept Note/Proposal:

Highly innovative Concept Notes that will deliver tangible products along the valuechain addressing priority commodities under the Agricultural TechnologyAgribusiness Advisory services ( ATAAS) and focussing on particular agro-ecologicalzones of Uganda are hereby invited. The Concept Notes should be in areas of crops,forestry, fisheries, livestock and cross-cutting areas of social economics.

The proposal shall have well defined pathways to product commercialisation with apotential to significantly improve people's livelihoods. In addition, the proposalshould clearly demonstrate inclusion of the following elements:-

i). Contract Farming

ii). Linking farmers to markets

iii). Organising farmers for collective marketing

iv). Improving relations between farmers and buyers/traders

v). Integrating women/Youth in value chains

vi). Gender inclusive value chain financing

vii). Linking small holder farmers to business services

viii). Using ICT to link farmers to markets

ix). Pro-poor policy development and advocacy

x). Capacity building of farmers for learning and innovation

Before devoting significant resources to develop full proposals, applicants arerequired to write short concept notes. Innovativeness, partnership, value formoney, gender and environmental concerns and efficient dissemination of researchresults will increase chances of success. The Concept Note should follow thestructure as given in the CGS Guidelines and Procedures found on the NAROWebsite: http://www. naro. go. ug

d) Eligible Institutions/Persons:

Scientists from Public Agricultural Research Institutes, Universities, privateresearch institutes, other research service providers who are eligible to carry outresearch, are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams and to develop proposalsin consultation with research product end users. To be eligible for award, theapplicant should be:

i) Resident in Uganda (at least the Principal Investigator)

ii) Qualified to undertake the proposed research and development activity. Forresearch, the applicant should demonstrate capacity to conduct researchand deliver the stated results in the proposal

iii) Recognised by the competent authority as an agricultural research serviceprovider

e) Available resources:

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

f) Deadline for Submission of the concept note:

The deadline for submission of Concept Notes is Monday, 18th September, 2015. AnyConcept Note submitted after this deadline will not be accepted. Eligibleapplicants 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