Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC)

IDRC is the administrative research organization for the MU-UCSF Research Collaboration and an established non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) recognized by the Republic of Uganda in May 2008. With the support of MU and UCSF collaborators, IDRC was started by Ugandan health scientists from Makerere University College of Health Sciences, the Ministry of Health and Makerere University School of Public Health and formed to build services in administration, fiscal, data management, regulatory oversight, and laboratory services to support programmatic work and research in infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. IDRC also supports other collaborations such as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the CDC, and various pharmaceutical organizations.

IDRC is located at Mulago Hospital Complex, New Mulago Hill Road. Currently, IDRC is headed by Dr. Moses Kamya, Professor of Medicine, Makerere University. IDRC is registered with the Office of Human Research Protections in the U.S. and has been issued a Federal Wide Assurance number: FWA00013482. IDRC has a current DUNS Number (850452797). The Makerere University School of Medicine Ethics Committee (FWA00001293; IRB00002062) is the designated IRB by Makerere University for all research studies managed through IDRC.

IDRC has been responsible for the hiring and retaining of qualified local Ugandan research staff; purchasing equipment at local cost; purchasing, insuring, and maintaining vehicles at local cost and adhering to all collaborating institutions and sponsor guidelines; creating and upholding agreements for space for research activities in Kampala and at all field sites; and maintaining and ensuring financial transparency of grants through multiple funding sources.

IDRC is both a prime and subrecipient of awards from governmental and private sources. The total funding for IDRC FY 2012/13 was US $7.5 million. IDRC projects are funded by:
• U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
• Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates)
• European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
• Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
• Ugandan National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST)

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