RESEARCH

Research Policy

Research Policy

The purpose of the Research Policy is to create a vibrant atmosphere of research and motivate faculty members and research scholars. The policy shall serve as an overall framework within which research activities can be carried out. The document describes the strategy and procedures for encouraging research management, research development and research education within IMS Unison University and how they will be implemented. Overall responsibility for research policy, planning and management will rest with the office of the Dean Research.

Our Research Strategy

The goal in research is to conduct research and consultancy with an emphasis on application of knowledge in collaboration with government, industry, society and underprivileged community groups.
We are committed in promoting research an innovation in all walks of life and to enable the University to become an epitome of skill, knowledge, technologies and culture. The process of managing and implementation of our research strategy is based on system of interconnected supporting mechanism which seeks to
  • Enhance confidence of our faculty members to realize their own research abilities
  • Enhance motivation for undertaking high quality research activity
  • Encourage faculties through financial incentives for carrying out genuine research work and research publication in journals of repute
  • Invite leading academicians for research assistance in the areas of management, legal, and media research etc
  • Enhance active participation of faculties in national / international seminars, conferences and workshops.
  • Provide support in the form of incentives, research seed money grant, training and infrastructure necessary for undertaking research
  • Increase awareness in arena of international, national and regional research and also promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects.

Key Areas of Research Themes

The University’s strategic objective is to gain and maintain a high quality and internationally acclaimed research reputation through a clear focus on key research themes including, but not restricted to the following:
  • Business Policy and planning
  • Economy and business decision
  • Finance and accounts
  • Marketing and business analysis
  • Operations and supply chain
  • Hospitality Management
  • Languages social and cultural studies
  • Legal research
  • Social science and sustainable development
  • Humanities and liberal arts
  • Design thinking and innovation
  • Mass communication and media research: Television, Radio, Print, Advertising, Public Relations, Theories of Mass Communication, Web Journalism, Corporate Communication, Media Ethics and Media and Society

Support Towards Research

A Research Promotion Grant Fund (RPGF) shall be created by the University in each academic year for the following purposes:
  • Seed money grant
  • Research project
  • Participation in National and or International conference
  • Hiring of Research Staff (Research Assistant / Research Associate)
  • Incentive for publication in quality Journals of A*, A and B category (As per ABDC)
  • Participation in research based seminar /workshop
  • Meeting the expenses against editorial fee and /or journal fee (applicable for quality journals only)

Seed Money Research Support

Faculty members associated with the University for 3 years or more of continuous service as confirmed regular employees will receive seed money support up to Rs. 25,000/- for promoting research leading to publish quality research paper (conference proceedings paper will not be included). The seed money may be increased depending on the nature and intensity of the research up to a maximum of Rs. 50,000/- in one academic year only for B and above category publications. This will include fees, cost of travel, books, journals, communication, software and hiring of Research Associate expenses etc. The expenses will be reimbursed as per the University norms.

Eligibility for Seed Money Grant

  • Working with IMS Unison University (IUU) for 3 years or more of continuous service as confirmed regular employee
  • Each academic year a number of faculty members may be granted the seed money grant based on fulfillment of criteria as well as shortlisting through a defined selection process as shall be approved by the Vice Chancellor.
  • The total amount spent under this head shall be limited to the budgetary provisions for the same
  • Seed money will be given to those who are having few research paper publications in listed journals like UGC / Scopus / SCI Index / AICTE / ABDC.
  • The utilization of seed money will be evaluated on the basis of the publication of research paper(s) in the above listed journals.
  • Project completion report to be submitted before applying for next installment of seed money.

Research Fund for Long Research Projects

The University shall also encourage senior faculty members viz. Associate Professor and above to take Research Project funded by various agencies. Considering the nature of Research Project aligning with University/School’s Vision and Mission, the University may support a limited number. A maximum grant of Rs. 2 Lacs per project may be permitted in one academic year to the number of faculty members whose projects are selected for such support and the overall quantum of funding for such project in an academic year shall be determined by the budgetary provisions.

Eligibility for Long Research Fund

  • The Long Research Fund will be available to Associate Professor and above position who is working with IMS Unison University (IUU) as confirmed regular employee for 5 years or more.
  • Each academic year a number of faculty members may be granted the research project funding based on fulfillment of criteria as well as shortlisting through a defined selection process as shall be approved by the Vice Chancellor
  • The total amount spent under this head shall be limited to the budgetary provisions for the same
  • Research Fund will be given to those who are having few research paper publications in quality listed journals like UGC / Scopus / SCI Index / AICTE / ABDC.
  • The Research Fund will be utilized for journal fees, cost of travel, books, journals, communication, software and hiring of Research Associate expenses etc.
  • Project completion report to be submitted before applying for next installment of fund.
  • The said fund will be sanctioned to the Project for a duration of two years or less.

Commitment

  • The Faculty would be required to submit Project Completion Report (PCR) within six months after completion of Project.
  • The utilization of Research Fund will be evaluated on the basis of the publication of research paper(s) in the above listed journals OR leading to receive Research Project/ Consultancy assignment from Industry/ Government agencies
  • After successfully utilization of Research Fund, the faculty members are required to serve at least two years with University. The Faculty member would be required to submit a signed bond on judicial stamp paper in a prescribed format that they will serve the University for minimum 02 (two) years after the completion of Research Project, or in the eventuality of them leaving the University before the end of two (2) years they shall pay to the University a sum equivalent to the complete cost of the Project Fund as paid by the University on a pro-rata basis.

Grant for Participation in National and /or International Conference / Research Methodology Workshop

  • Eligible Faculty members may be given a grant up to Rs 50,000/- per year on a reimbursement basis, which may be permitted to be accumulated up to 4 years towards acquiring the membership of Professional Societies and for participating in National / International Conferences. Faculty members who are on regular full time employment for more than 3 years with the University will be eligible for participation at International Conference subject to fulfillment of other eligibility conditions and selection criteria as approved from time to time and shall be limited by the budgetary allocations.
  • The faculty member shall require to sign a bond on judicial stamp paper in a prescribed format to serve the University at least for 02 (two) years, if he / she attends the International conference however if the faculty member tend to leave the job before 02(two) years, he / she required to pay to the University a sum equivalent to complete cost of participation paid by the University.

Incentive Plan for Publication in A*, A and B Category Journals

The University shall provide incentive to the faculty publishing quality research papers as the main author, in the following categories of publications
Category of publication Incentive in one academic year
A* Rs. 1 Lakh
A Rs. 50,000/-
B Rs. 25,000/-
Note: In case of more than one author from IMS Unison University, the said amount shall be distributed among all authors.

G. Application Procedure for Research Grant / Projects / Incentives

  • The faculty members who are eligible for grant of any research related grant or incentives shall be required to submit a detailed application along with necessary annexures and documentary evidences etc. through the Dean / Head of School to the office of the Dean (Research).
  • The office of the Dean (Research) shall collate all such applications and shall do the shortlisting based on the criteria as approved by the competent authority
  • After completion of the research project for which grant has been provided by the University, details of the research conducted and all papers and reports based on the research are to be submitted to office of Dean Research.