The Government had decided to assign COSTECH predecessor the role of research clearing house as part of research coordination. This was announced through Government Circular MPEC/B/10/1 of 4th May 1980 issued by the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs. According to this circular individuals and Institutions who wish to carry out research in the mainland of Tanzania have to seek research clearance from COSTECH. For those seeking to conduct research in Zanzibar should contact the office of Chief Minister in Zanzibar, P. O Box 239 Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Research is recognized as organized and systematic way of findings answers to questions. In doing this a definite set of process and steps are followed. But for the purpose of research clearance, research is very broadly defined. It includes all activities which involve the gathering of information that enables one to have an understanding of phenomena.

Who Should Apply

  • All foreign researchers
  • All Tanzanians who studying abroad and in need of doing research in the country
  • All Tanzanians except staffs and students from institutions of higher learning as well as staffs of affiliated research institutions or government ministries who are required to do research as part of their duties.

Application procedures
Applicants for research clearance are required to submit application form, Curriculum vitae, Research proposal and three passport size photographs preferably two month before commencement of research. Permits are given for a period of one year and can be renewed for similar period provided satisfactory progress reports for the previous periods are received by COSTECH. If and when these formalities have been satisfactorily completed (which may take several months) applicant will receive a formal written offer of a research clearance. Applicant should not make any irreversible preparations to leave for Tanzania unless and until he/she receives this offer letter. Soon after obtaining a research permit, the researcher will be required to proceed to the Immigration Department and apply for class C residence permit.

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Research Clearance Module