SAI-QMS-MO-004

Research

 

Authorization Code:SAI/ QMS/MO/004
Title:PROCEDURE FOR RESEARCH
Area:CORPORATE
Version No.:01
Revision No. :00
Created by:MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE
Approved by:CHANCELLOR
Date of version:1st MAY 2015
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Table of Contents

  1. PURPOSE
  2. SCOPE
  3. REFERENCES
  4. ABBREVIATIONS / DEFINITIONS
  5. RESPONSIBILITIES
  6. METHOD
  7. APPENDICES


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1.0 PURPOSE

This procedure is to provide guidelines for approval and administration of funded research at the SAI.


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2.0 SCOPE

This procedure covers research conducted by members of staff of the Institute from the proposal formulation to publication of research findings.


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3.0 REFERENCES

3.1 SAI Research Policy

3.2 ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System

3.3 SAI Quality Manual

3.4 SAI Statutes

 

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4.0 ABBREVIATIONS / DEFINITIONS

4.1 ARG -Annual Research Grant

4.2 E&M – Evaluation and Monitoring Team

4.3 IREC – Institutional Research and Ethics Committee

4.4 Q-report – Quarterly Report

4.5 A-Report – Annual Report

4.6 R&I – Research and Innovations

4.7 SRC – School Research Committee

4.8 IRC – Institute Research Committee

4.9 IRF – Institute Research Fund

4.10 Collaborative Research

Research jointly undertaken by institutions, departments, or individuals under specific contracts


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5.0 PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITY

The Chancellor shall be responsible for all matters pertaining to Research.


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6.0 METHOD

PHASE I

6.1. Call for Proposals

The IRC shall select the relevant research themes for the year and place a call for proposals and give a 4-week application period.

The call for proposals shall be sent out one week after funds have been received in the IRF account.

6.2. Submission of Proposals

6.2.1

Researcher or research teams shall submit application in recommended format through the appropriate School Research Committee (SRC) that shall review all proposals submitted and make recommendations to the Institute research Committee within 2 weeks of closure of the application period.

6.2.2

The Director R&I shall inform unsuccessful applicants with detailed write up on the weaknesses of their application.

 

6.3. Review of Proposals

6.3.1

The Institute Research Committee shall review recommendations from all Schools and make recommendations to Institute Senate within 4 weeks of the closure of the application period, provided that the Committee shall also nominate the monitoring and evaluation comprising not more than 3 professors for the purpose of reviewing progress of supported research and submitting biennial reports to the Committee;

6.3.2

The Institute Senate shall consider all the recommendations from the Schools and make recommendations to Institute Council within 6 week of the closure of the application period, provided that any proposals that need IREC approval shall be reviewed by IREC within this period;

6.3.3

Council shall consider and approve or vary recommendations from Senate within 8 weeks from the closure of the application period.

 

6.4. Award and release of Grants

6.4.1

The Director R&I shall communicate in writing to notify the successful applicants one week after Council’s approval of their application.

6.4.2

The grants shall be awarded in a public ceremony to be held one week after the communication to the successful applicants.

6.4.3

Funds shall be released to the successful proposals within 2 weeks after the public award ceremony.

 

PHASE II

6.5. Financial and Technical Reports

6.5.1

Researchers shall submit quarterly financial and technical reports to the chairperson of the Institute Research Committee through the School Research Committee, provided that findings with significant intellectual property issues shall be put before the Director of Research in writing for advise;

6.5.2

Institute Research Committee shall consider all research project reports received from the schools and make recommendations to Senate within 2 weeks after reception of such reports, provided that the reports shall include approval or disapproval of the progress and appropriate action to be taken where applicable;

6.5.3

Researchers shall submit annual research reports through the School Research Committee at the end of May of each Year.

6.5.4

The School shall consider each report and make recommendations to Institute Research Committee by mid- June.

6.5.5

The Institute Research Committee shall consider all the annual research reports and make recommendation to Senate by the end of June.

6.6. Dissemination of the research results

6.6.1

The Directorate of Research & Innovations shall collate and publish the abstracts of all the submitted reports in the Institute Annual Research Report.

6.6.2

Individual authors may publish their full work in peer-reviewed journals of their choice subject to other restrictions such as intellectual property rights and any other restrictions that may be imposed by the Institute as the funder of the research provided that the draft paper for such publication shall be internally reviewed first by experts identified by the directorate of R&I, before submission to the journal of choice for manuscript quality purposes.

 

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7.0 APPENDICES

Appendix 1 – Annual Research Grant (ARG) application form

Appendix 2 – Log Frame for Application for Institute Research Fund

Appendix 3 – Instructions for completing SAI Annual Research Grant (ARG) application