Results Area 3: Promoting Research, Development, and Innovation.
The objective of this results area is to develop a culture of research and development, innovation and commercialization (RDIC) in universities. RDIC activities are an extremely important next step in the development of higher education in the country. A three-pronged strategy will be followed.
First, a system of competitive, performance-based research programs for development-oriented research (DOR) in universities and non-state HEIs will be developed and implemented for STEM subjects, Humanities, Education, Management, and Social Sciences (HEMS) subjects, and STEM-HEMS (interdisciplinary) research.
Second, competitive, performance-based research and innovation commercialization (RIC) programs will be developed and implemented for universities undertaking innovation activities of direct relevance for industrial and service sector development, as identified through consultations with agencies representing the private sector, such as Chambers of Commerce and Employers Federations, and with government policy makers. The RIC programs will be available for STEM and HEMS subjects, as well as for STEM-HEMS combinations.
Third, the Program will support the development of University-Business Linkage (UBL) offices. The UBL offices will assist university academics in increasing collaboration with professional expertise in technology transfer and business model development, establishing open innovation spaces and business incubators, and enabling academics and students to obtain professional business advice and training
In addition, under the Program, there will be assistance for a set of innovation commercialization enhancement (ICE) grants to assist a set of university programs that have demonstrated success in this area in the past to scale up their activities further
Development-Oriented Research (DOR)
The Government strategy is seeking to promote academic research through a system of competitive performance-based research grants. There will be three types of Development-Oriented Research (DOR) grants
- DORs for the STEM subjects. (Grant Size Rs.35 million)
- DORs for the HEMS subjects. (Grant Size Rs.8 million)
- DORs for a combination of STEM-HEMS research (Grant Size Rs.40 million)
This competitive grant scheme under DOR is open to all 15 public universities including affiliated institutes. The research team should consist of at least 3 members and 60% of the team should have Ph.D. qualification
The DOR grants facilitate and encourage the eligible research teams to undertake good quality research and to strengthen research base and research & development activities directing towards economic, social and cultural development of Sri Lanka. It is expected that the output and outcome of the research programs undertaken by the research teams will ultimately be benefited to the Sri Lankan Society.
Winners of the DOR grants
- Prof. Samanthi Senaratna – Department of Accounting – Grant Value Rs.10 million.
- Agreement Sign on 10th December 2018
- Current Financial Progress – 22%
- Prof. Neelika Malavige –Department of Microbiology – Grant Value Rs.35 million.
- Agreement Sign on 21st May 2019
- Current Financial Progress – 5%
Research & Innovation Commercialization (RIC)
The Government strategy is seeking to promote innovation and commercialization of research through a system of competitive performance-based Research, Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) grants. There will be three types of competitive RIC grants
- RICs for the STEM subjects. (Grant Size Rs.45 million)
- RICs for the HEMS subjects. (Grant Size Rs.10 million)
- RICs for a combination of STEM-HEMS research (Grant Size Rs.50 million)
This competitive grant scheme under RIC is open to all 15 public universities including affiliated institutes. The research team should consist of at least 3 members and at least 60% of the team should have Ph.D. qualifications
The RIC grants facilitate and encourage the eligible research commercialization teams to commercialize an outcome of a research with a partner such as an industry in order to improve the economic, social and cultural development of Sri Lanka. It is expected that the output and outcome of the commercialization activities undertaken by the research commercialization teams will ultimately be beneficial to the Sri Lankan Society
Winners of the RIC Grant
- Dr. Narayana Sirimuthu – Faculty of Applied Science Grant Value Rs.45 million.
- Agreement Sign on 12th November 2018
- Current Financial Progress – 67%
The Program will assist universities to develop relevant intellectual property (IP) policies consistent with the definition of IP by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In this context university business linkage (UBL) offices will:
- Enable academics and students to obtain professional knowledge, advice, and training relevant for commercialization of research,
- Increase collaboration with professional expertise in technology transfer and commercialization of research,
- Enable academics to engage with industry to develop and utilize research and innovation products for and/or with commercial potential, and
- Work within the university IP policies in interactions with private firms and industries
- UBL Cell Received Rs. 9 million.
- Agreement Sign on 17th July 2018
- Current Financial Progress – 16%
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Director/ Center for Sustainability,
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
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Innovation Commercialization Enhancement (ICE)
Awards for WB funded HETC/QIG/W4 projects with successfully implemented activates to promote the commercialization of research.
Grant Size: Rs. 40 million
Grant winner: Dr. D.T. Jayawardana –Department of Forestry and Environmental Science
- Agreement Sign on 29th September 2018
- Current Financial Progress – 9%