The Five Year Plan
Strategy 2021 - 2025 is the comprehensive five year plan that outlines how the R&I Continuum’s activities will be oriented. With a clear plan that cascades from the overall GITAM (Deemed to be University) Research & Innovation strategic priorities, Strategy 2021 - 2025 will bring all our R&I activities into one cohesive and effective unit. Under this Strategy all R&I activities will be organized under four categories - Projects, Programmes, Groups and Centres of Excellence.
“Research Projects are research activities that are essentially driven by an individual researcher based on their interests in a particular area of science. These are usually research activities that have little to no alignment with other department or institute level projects thus may not necessarily reflect departmental or Institute strategies.
Research Programmes, in the context of R&I activities, refers to a portfolio of projects that originate and are run by individual departments. There may be elements of the programme that would involve skills from other departments, but the programme is set by the initiating Department. Each Department will develop its strategic Programme based on an the Area(s) of Expertise that the department wishes to develop in the long term.
“As Departments begin to look outwards, they will collaborate with other departments within GITAM, as well as with external partners. A formal, structured cross-disciplinary collaborative entity is defined as a “Group” in the R&I context. These Research Groups form around sound thematic science areas and bring their respective expertise to advance knowledge in those areas. Research Groups are long-term collaborations on specific scientific problems, which are broadly aligned with the overall “Thematic Areas” that will be defined for the Sciences, Engineering, Pharmacy, and other Institutions. Most R & I activities will be driven by Research Groups.”
Centres Of Excellence
Centres of Excellence or CoEs are defined as organisational units that “concentrate existing expertise and resources in a discipline or capability to attain and sustain world-class performance and value (Gartner).” While the Research Projects, Programmes and Groups represent ways of working beyond a formal structure, CoEs have a clear organisational structure. A CoE provides leadership, best practices, research & development, support, and training to its focus area.