The Directorate of Research and Publications (DRP) at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) was established in 2003. Its vision is to be a leading center for coordinating quality health and related research that responds to national, regional and global challenges and its mission is to provide a conducive environment for research in health and related fields, promote the conduct of research that is in line with Tanzania’s National Research Agenda and enhance the University’s capacity to advance frontiers of knowledge.
Soon after its establishment the DRP developed its first Five Year Strategic Rolling Plan (FYRSP) for the period 2002/2003 - 2006/2007. Implementation of this plan was undertaken when the University was still a constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and addressed the needs of the then UDSM Institutional Transformation Pogramme. After assuming the status of a full-fledged University in March 2007, MUHAS rolled its 1st strategic plan to a second FYRSP for the period 2008/2009 – 2012/2013to enable the directorate to effectively coordinate research that addresses major health problems in the country and to enable MUHAS to assume a leading role in responding to the requirements of the health sector reform, the National Health Research Policy and the National Policy on Science and Technology, 1996. This second FYRSP was implemented with a number of achievements that include development of a MUHAS Research Policy, Intellectual Property Rights Policy, Guidelines on Conflict of Interest and Research Integrity, Institutional Repository Policy and Research agenda. The directorate now has an approved organizational structure consisting of an
- Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP),
- IRB Unit,
- Research Development Unit,(RDU) and
- Intellectual Property (IPU) Unit.
The directorate has also established a database for managing research projects. This 4thFYRSP 2014/15-2018/19 will now seek to consolidate the gains made in the second and third five year RSP while taking on board considerations of the National Research and Development Policy 2010.