The college continually strives to strengthen its research culture and capacity to effectively address the key research areas such as relevance, necessity, efficiency, and effectiveness. To this end, there are research supports put in place both at the university and the college level. These research grants are currently available only to the staff/faculty and the students of the college. The research office helps the researchers in securing grants from AURG or IRG and other funding agencies
University Level Research Grants:
- Annual University Research Grant (AURG)
The AURG, research block grant, a competitive research grant, is administered annually by the Department of Research and External Relations, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan. Available annual research funding is distributed to individual researchers or research teams through merit-based and peer-reviewed processes. As the grant is output-based, it is monitored through the successful submission of research output at regular intervals. In order to distribute the grant through a just and fair means, the university categorizes the applicants into four groups based on their individual research profile: Beginner Researcher (BR), Mid-Career Researcher (MCR), Advance Career Researcher (ACR), and Teaching Learning Researcher (TLR). The different amounts of funds are allocated for each research category.
- Research Endowment Fund (REF)
The Research and Endowment Fund (REF) was instituted with funding support from the government. The Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) manages and operates with standing guidelines. The scope of REF limits to the designated purposes only such as research grants and scholarships as deemed necessary by the REF Board. Application calls for the fund are floated annually and the award is based on competitive merit evaluated by the technical experts.
College Level Research Grant
While the college has always advocated research-informed teaching and learning, lack of adequate research funds and feeble research culture among others hindered in promoting research. This has allowed the college to institute an in-house research grant, “In-house Research Grant (IRG)’ in 2016 to support business and policy-relevant research by both the teaching and support staff. The IRG annually supports nine research applications in two research categories: One President Grant (Nu.100, 000) and eight Deans Grant (Nu.50, 000).