Procedures for Clearing Research Proposals
Anyone applying to conduct research in UWA's protected areas must follow the procedures outlined below:
- Obtain research application forms from UWA HQ, PAS, the Internet or any other place UWA may designate. Application forms will be submitted together with copies of research proposals and a CV of the principal researcher at least three months before the proposed date of commencement of the research.
- The application form will be completed in duplicate (1-copy deposited at UWA's HQ and 1 sent to the protected area where the research is to be carried out).
- Students in higher institutions of learning wishing to conduct their research in UWA protected areas will need a letter from their institutions of affiliation, certifying their studentship. Students from outside Uganda also need proof of studentship..
- The proposals will be vetted by the protected area of interest and experts in the particular field of concern, before research approval by UWA. The experts could be within or outside of the organization. Proposals from undergraduate students will be vetted by UWA HQ alone since these are usually for a very short period of time and do not involve detailed research methods or in-depth analysis to be of much use to park management . Note: Foreign researchers are required by law to seek clearance from Uganda National Council for Science and Technology after approval from UWA
- All researchers are to submit progress reports to UWA at specified intervals and a final report at the end of the research.
- Foreign researchers are required to deposit a refundable fee of $300 at UWA HQ. This will be given back on submission of the final report. A researcher, whether local or foreign, who fails to submit a report will not be accepted to carry out any other research within UWA's PAS again.
- Fees; Please download the Tariff here and check the UWA Research Fees Structure.
*Changes may be made without prior notice. Other services e.g accomodation, equipment hire and specimen export are charged separately.
No one wiil be allowed to collect any specimen without prior written approval form from UWA HQ. Nor is anyone allowed to take specimen outside Pas without a signed and stamped certificate from the office of the Executive Director. Any need for specimen should be clearly indicated on the application form. Approval of any research proposal does not necessarily mean approval of specimen collection. The number of specimen required per species should be indicated in the proposal and will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Exporting specimen from Uganda requires approval from various relevant govenment offices.
The organization reserves the right to charge fees for any specimen collected from the Protected Areas to a rate to be determined by UWA.
Monitoring and Research Funding
The Monitoring and Research Unit receives operational and capital development funds from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and from externally funded projects. These funds are not enough for all the research and monitoring required. To increase its financial resources, UWA has established a Research Fund into which it contributes part of its non-research revenues and all application and user fees plus any applicable royalities.
Your Contribution to Research
Uganda Wildlife Authority is committed to conserving the country's biodiversity through research and monitoring and would be glad to receive your contribution towards improved conservation and management of Uganda's wildlife.