Mbale Clinical Research Institute

Strengthening of Ethics Capacity in Uganda

Scaling up of Capacity of Research Ethics Committees in Uganda (SCRECU)

The Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST), Busitema University and Mbale Regional Referral Hospital are in a consortium aimed at Scaling up of Capacity of Research Ethics Committees in Uganda (SCRECU).

The project has a number of components including:

I. Training

II. Capacity building

III. Equipping the Research Ethics Committees (RECs)

IV. Research


  • Training – Training of RECs has happened. This has resulted into the implementation of the NRIMS. The NRIMS is a UNCST’s national online platform setup to facilitate research review processes online, national registration of research, communication with researchers, facilitate the study approval process, enabling multiple research ethics committee (REC) review if needed and monitoring of approved research in Uganda.
  • Capacity building – This was initiated and is ongoing. The REC Administrators have been specifically trained on aspects of NRIMS.
  • Equipping the Research Ethics Committees (RECs) – Equipment has been provided for each accredited REC in Uganda. These include laptops for the REC offices and electronic tablets for the REC Members. The latter is meant to improve review process, reduce the turn round time for the review process and to minimize on paperwork.
  • The research is on Feasibility and Effectiveness of the National Research Information Management System (NRIMS) in Uganda, which is nested within the SCRECU project.

Funding Information:

This project is part of the EDCTP2 programme supported by the European Union (grant number CSA2018ERC-2315), to Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST).