Research is aimed at advancing or creating new knowledge and is therefore instrumental in driving innovation, competitiveness, economic performance and national development.
Section 5(1) (l) of the Uganda Communications Act, 2013 requires Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to promote research into the development and use of new communications techniques and technologies, including those which promote accessibility of persons with disability and other members of society to communications service.
Accordingly, UCC established the 'Research Support Program' in 2011 to facilitate the creation of new knowledge to drive the development and usage of communications services towards the achievement of sustainable development in Uganda. The initiative thus seeks to ensure that:
Funds under this program will be awarded on a competitive basis in response to a 'Call for Proposals' under two main funding streams: