The Muteesa I Royal University is a skills training, academic and research-centred institution of higher learning. Research is a core function of Muteesa I Royal University. The strategic plan delineates four pillars, for which Research and Innovation is one of the pillars planned to promote research and encourage students and staff to publish through providing a conducive environment for research and encourage staff and students to be more proactive in research and innovation; increasing and diversify the sources of research funding in order to build capacity; initiating and strengthening post graduate training programs; promote and encourage inter-disciplinary research that fosters linkages between research and enterprise activities thereby reaching beyond the academia into communities.

The following specific Institutional Focus Areas around which Muteesa I Royal University (MRU) plans her research and engagement activities, which feed into teaching and learning, have been identified. These include: