The Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) is an agency of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), mandated to support and regulate scientific research, technological innovations and product commercialization for socio-economic transformation. Within this framework, and in accordance with Section 4 (g) of the UNCST Act, UNCST honors scientists and technologists through awards or presentations for their outstanding contribution.
Uganda’s unique health, environmental, social and economic challenges attract both local and international research interests. The number of research projects involving humans as research participants in the country has more than quadrupled since 1990. Research that involves human participants raises unique and complex ethical, legal, social and political issues. Emerging situations and possibilities arising from advances of research in life sciences and medicine specifically raise ethical issues – bioethics.
UNCST periodically acknowledges efforts made by Ugandans to promote the culture of ethical research practice and protection of the rights of human research participants. The annual National Bioethics Award is a mechanism for recognizing individual Ugandans, for outstanding achievement and/or distinguished stewardship in the advancement of bioethics and protection of rights and welfare of research participants in Uganda. The Award specifically focuses on the area of Research Ethics.
Bioethics includes medical ethics which focuses on ethical issues in the conduct of healthcare; research ethics, which focuses on ethical issues in the conduct of research; environmental ethics which pertains to ethics in the relationship between human activities and the environment; and public health ethics which addresses ethical issues in public health.
SUBMIT BY JUNE 15, 2018