The European Union has pledged to provide the vessel. The $800,000 (sh1.3b) boat would be used to facilitate research on Lake Victoria.
The old MV IBIS vessel that is used for deep water work was bought in 1967.
The chairman of the research instituteâ€™s board, Christopher Dhatemwa, told MPs on the committee of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries who visited the school last week that the new vessel was expected this year.
Jinja research institute to get new boat