Funds for research from the Gates support and donors were allocated to fund selected high quality research. The grants award was announced through a Request for proposal from faculties and all submitted proposals were assessed by the Centre’s research and grants sub-committee. The process of selection was robust, open and competitive and only high quality proposals with potential for major impacts on policy and RH programming were approved for funding. Our ultimate aim is to have these proposals developed to publishable manuscripts. A total of 8 faculty proposals were shortlisted and approved.As a major strategy for developing future faculty researchers and RH champions, we provided small seed funds to support few worthy proposals by the students as a means of strengthening their research capabilities. The proposals went through similar processes as for the faculty grants and a total of 8proposals were approved for funding. In the case of the students, the funded research will be the dissertation for the award of the degree in view.