One of the main aims of tertiary education is to create knowledge and knowledge creation is not possible without research. It is a responsibility of the faculty members to take initiatives in this respect and play a leading role. However, there are severe impediments to such activities as neither the public nor the private universities have the proper incentives or statuary frame work to encourage Research and Development (R&D). Good researchers are not properly evaluated by the respective institutions and there is lack of financial and administrative support. The ranking of a university is primarily judged by its research activities and their outcome. Bangladesh is lagging far behind the international community, even behind the universities of south Asia region in this respect. As a humble effort to overcome this impediment, United International University (UIU) has taken the pioneering initiative to provide Research and Development (R&D) fund for its faculty members to conduct quality research activities and set examples for other institutions.
Fund allocation and project budget
Research proposals will be invited twice a year. Interested UIU faculty members will have to submit proposals ‘on line’ in prescribed forms. The maximum allocated fund for a particular project will not exceed Tk. 2,500,000 for a 3 year project. Smaller projects with duration between 1 to 2 years or less than 1 year may be allocated a budget proportional to their time duration. Any faculty, who has not served more than 3 years in UIU will not be eligible to submit the proposal as the principal investigator. The principal investigator of an ongoing project, normally, will not be allowed to quit UIU once undertakes an R&D project until the project is finished. In appropriate cases, UIU authority may accept the resignation of the principal investigator if convinced that the transition of the project under a proposed new leadership will be smooth and appropriate. The principal investigator is free to choose co-investigators from UIU or outside of UIU. Each proposal may request funding for one or more Research Assistant and the total remuneration shall not exceed Tk. 30,000 per month. An RA will not be an UIU faculty. If more than one RA is needed, the total amount may be divided amongst the RAs. The minimum educational qualification of an RA will be a Bachelor’s degree in the appropriate field. A proposal may ask for expenses, up to Tk. 50,000 (Scopus indexed conference) to present conference papers resulted out of the research projects having duration more than 1 year and an additional Tk. 100,000 for publication charges (Journal papers only) . The Investigators will not be eligible for the UIU general conference fund to present such papers, if such a fund is requested.
The principal investigator will be solely responsible for the project and its day to day operation, financial transactions and fulfillment of project objectives. All the project expenditures will follow the usual UIU rules. The expenditure summary will have to be submitted along with the final report.
Measure of project success
The measure of success of a project will be judged by the papers published out of the project. The results/outcome of the projects should be published in Scopus indexed internationally reputed journals. The publication requirements for the projects are: For requested fund < Tk. 500,000: 1 publication For requested amount more than Tk. 500,000 but less than Tk. 1,000,000: 2 publications or total impact factor of 2.0 For requested amount more than Tk. 1,000,000 but less than Tk. 1,500,000: 3 publications or total impact factor of 3.0 For requested amount more than Tk. 1,500,000 but less than Tk. 2,500,000: 4 publications or total impact factor of 4.0
Submitting the proposal
The proposals must be submitted as per the prescribed format in IAR website. To submit the proposal, applicant needs to sign up and then log in to start his/her application. The objective of the project should include what the research expects to achieve and the possible benefits out of successful completion of the project. Present state of the art should mention the similar projects or researches going on/has already been completed or paper published on the topic (please provide references). The proposal must clearly mention what is the novelty/further development expected in the proposed project in comparison to the present state of the art. In methodology, the actual process of conducting the research (like if the project will be simulation based or any hardware developed, the sequence of events like any field work, survey or physical measurements etc.) should be elaborated. Expected results and possible outcome should include what results are expected and how the results are significant so far the theory or application of the project topic is concerned. In case of practical application it is important to mention the actual benefit that can be achieved from the research outcome. Duration of the project should identify the milestones of the activities, description of the activities and their duration in a Gantt Chart. If the proposal is accepted, the investigators will have to present their progress from time to time on this Gantt Chart. Important budget components should mention with proper justification for the list of hardwares or softwares needed to be purchased for the project and the possible application of the hardwares or the softwares in further research and development after the project is completed. UIU/IAR/19/02/App.Guideline Page 3 of 4 The financial proposal would include all the cost components with elaboration. This may include the remuneration of the investigators and the Research Assistants (RA), cost of the hardwares or the softwares needed, other relevant components if survey is required, consumable like electronic components (with detailed listing and quantity as far as possible) The proposal must be submitted online in IAR Website (http://www.iar.uiu.ac.bd/apply.html) within the dead line. Any proposal submitted beyond the deadlines will not be considered.
Evaluation of the proposals
AR will form evaluation committees with Director IAR as the chairman and experts from the respective fields. The selection procedure will have 2 phases – the phase 1 will be the evaluation of the proposals to make a short list and phase 2 will be a 15 minutes presentation for the short listed projects. The decision taken by the respective expert committee will be final. Proposal evaluation will be based on the following marks distribution 1. Technical soundness of the proposal in relation to its title : 50 (Max) 2. Real life application of the outcome of the project : 10 (Max) 3. Fund sought with appropriate justification: 15 (Max) Less than Tk. 500,000: 0-15 More than Tk. 500,000 to Tk. 1,000,000: 0-12 More than Tk. 1,000,000 to Tk. 1,500,000: 0-9 More than Tk. 1,500,000: 0-6 4. Co-investigator(s) outside UIU included in the project: 15 (max) (Role of the co-investigator has to be clearly defined and their consent letter has to be submitted) International co-investigator: 10 (Has to be employed outside Bangladesh and not on leave or lien from Bangladesh) Co-investigator from industry: 5 5. Partial fund obtained from outside UIU : 10 (max) (Document of partial funding has to be submitted) More than 50%: 10 Within 25-50%: 6 Within 10-24%: 4
Submission of Progress report
The Principal Investigator will have to submit progress report every four months followed by an oral presentation. Timing of the progress report will be decided by IAR. The progress report will be a simple presentation of the project cost incurred and achievements/activities as per the Gantt chart presented during proposal submission. The progress report form is attached with this document.
Submission of the final report
The final report will contain an executive summary mentioning the results and outcome of the project with list of the published papers. The copies of the published papers should also be included along with the clearance from Finance and Accounts Office. Until the publication target of awarded research proposal is achieved, the principal investigator may not be allowed to submit further research proposals under this scheme. UIU evaluation committee will formally inform the principal investigator regarding the acceptance of the final project report within 3 months of submission of the final report.
Submission of the final report
Extension of time duration: The duration of a project may be extended with permission from IAR provided enough justification is presented. However, no additional fund will be allocated for such extensions.
Extension of the research: In case of projects where the extension of research can produce further significant results, the Principal Investigator may apply for extension of the research in the prescribed form justifying the proposal for extension. If accepted, such proposals may get further funding provided all the requirements of the previous project are properly completed.