Research is one of the critical priorities of the University of Lusaka (UNILUS) and is supported by a Research Policy and Structure. The policy provides for research inputs and outputs, governance structure, critical infrastructure and incentives for lecturers conducting research.

Research Infrastructure

UNILUS is one of the first to establish the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Publications) in line with the current HEA Act of 2021. UNILUS has nine Science and Medical Science Laboratories at its Silverest Campus and a Library that has a University Repository for all research produced by students and staff. UNILUS is in the process of completing a 100-bed University Hospital at its Silverest Campus and creating a Postgraduate Research Laboratory for Higher Science Research. UNILUS has an internationally registered University Ethics Committee with the Zambian National Health Research Authority (NHRA) and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). UNILUS has a DUNS/Unique Identifier number and is registered with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the USA, the world's largest funder of health research.


The University of Lusaka has several Grants running at the institutions. Currently, the university has.
  1. One National Institute of Health Grant
  2. Two National Science Technology Council Grants
  3. Joint initial grant jointly with LCC- Bloomberg Grant
  4. Joint International research team looking at key Male fertility Challenges in men
  5. African Union – European Union Grant European Commission for the HAQAA2 Dissemination and Capacity-Building Projects

Innovations and Projects

Some of the projects running at the University of Lusaka include
  1. The Bloomberg Mayors Challenge jointly with Lusaka City Council- Waste Management by conversion waste to biogas;
  2. The National Cancer Prostate Screening project- innovative Prostate Cancer Screening in low-resourced settings in Zambia;
  3. The Breast Cancer Project- the study of Breast Cancer and its common causes in Zambia;
  4. Research Studies on Crowd funding: Village banking wealth creation and risk management in Lusaka;
  5. Solar Energy Need and Affordability Assessment; High-Density Areas Households in Lusaka (In collaboration with Ministry of Energy) - NSTC grant application submitted;
  6. Bauleni disease surveillance project (underway);
  7. The production of a hand sanitizer using the university laboratories called Ubumi;
  8. The University is in the process of setting up a University Journal with the Editorial Team.

Research Partnerships

The University of Lusaka believes in partnership and continues to build international collaboration across national, regional, and international domains. This is being done by joining several networks across the globe to make the implementation of the research policy a reality. On this basis, UNILUS has a number of Memorandum of Understandings (MoU’s) with various partners to facilitate and govern research activities. Some of these institutions include;
  1. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Commonwealth of Virginia;
  2. University Business Academy in Novi Sad;
  3. Baskent University;
  4. Marwadi University, India;
  5. Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA);
  6. Water Resources Management Authority; and
  7. Ministry of Energy.

Research Members

The University of Lusaka has 189 registered researchers on the Research Gate website. UNILUS RG score is 155.6, with 1,926 publications. Profiles for key researchers and other members can be found here
Our Research Team