At Ugandan universities high quality research is being performed that leads to dissertations, master theses, doctoral thesis, etc. However, many data remain unexplored, results are not disseminated to a wider audience or innovations and research are not translated into policies or development initiatives. Researchers often do not have sufficient time or competences to write a scientific article or a research paper, notwithstanding the necessary research data to do so is available. For this reason, the HEFS Platform launches Completion Grant Calls that provide Ugandan scholars the opportunity to complete and disseminate stagnating or sleeping research outputs.
Via the calls scholars can submit a proposal that aims at harvesting research results of finished projects related to health, food and environmental (in)security. In December 2013 the first Grant Completion Call was launched. It was a successful round whereby ten applicants submitted an eligible proposal and seven were eventually selected. In July 2014 the second Call had 28 applicants and 7 were pre-selected. 6 of them were rewarded a short research stay at a university in Belgium and/or a capacity building course. At the beginning of 2016 a third call was launched, which resulted in the organisation of short research stays in both 2016 and 2017. In March 2017 a fourth call was launced, whereby the succesfull scholars are currently being awared in the course of 2017, and the beginning of 2018. Hereby an overview of all successful scholars: