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Research & Innovation Management Centre (RIMC)

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As a central tenet of the UNIMAS mission, research complements and invigorates teaching, as well as collectively supports the preservation, dissemination and advancement of knowledge for the betterment of society on the basis of good scholarship.

The management of research at Unimas, during its inception stage, was undertaken by a section under the Chancellery. As the number of research and supporting grants increased, a Research Management Unit was established in April 2003 to shoulder the increasing management load. Further consolidation and emphasis on research and innovation saw the establishment of a Research and Innovation Management Centre (RIMC) in January 2005 (JPT Ref. KP.S(PT)7617/3 Jld. 7(22) dated 10 Jan 2005).

Function of RIMC

The RIMC is principally responsible for overseeing the management of research in Unimas. Accountable to the Research and Services Committee and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), RIMC is assigned to :

  • Serve as the administrative secretariat to the :
    • Unimas Research and Services Committee (RSC);
    • Research Expert Panels (tasked with scrutinizing and recommending support for research proposals on the basis of merit, timeliness, relevance and excellence):
    • Research Chair Steering Committees;
    • Unimas Conference Committee;
  • Develop and maintain a research database and financial management system for research projects carried out in Unimas;
  • Develop and maintain a dedicated website for research activities at Unimas;
  • Maintain a monitoring system designed to assist principal researchers in meeting their research implementation schedules, progress reports and financial reporting deadlines as per original timelines;
  • Assist researchers in securing research grants, especially in meeting grant specific procedural requirements (e.g. IRPA grants);
  • Forward all research proposals and research reports (technical and financial) after they have been documented to the RSC for appropriate action;
  • Serve as the point of contact with funding agencies in terms of technical and financial progress reporting;
  • Initiate, facilitate and maintain liaison with industry, government agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Encourage exploitation, development, patenting and commercialisation of research and innovative outputs by Unimas researchers;
  • Promote research culture amongst the staff of Unimas;
  • Publish Unimas Research Update and publicise research achievement at Unimas through print and electronic media on a regular basis;
  • Showcase successful research findings in local and international expositions;
  • Organise relevant training programmes (both internal and external) on a regular basis to enhance the capability, especially of new academic staff, in R & D activities;
  • Prepare and publish the University Annual Research Report;
  • Undertake other responsibilities/tasks as assigned to RIMC by the University management from time to time;

Message From The Director

http://www.rimc.unimas.my/images/stories/gambar%20profbob%202011.jpgFirst and foremost I would like to thank you for visiting our web site. In hindsight, RIMC was founded in April 2003 as a Research Management Unit. The need to consolidate and emphasize on research and innovation as well as the increased in the number of researches and grants prompted Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) to establish RIMC as a centre on 10 January 2005.

In principle, RIMC is responsible for overseeing the management of research in UNIMAS. Among other functions, RIMC serves as an administrative secretariat to UNIMAS Research and Services Committee (RSC), Research Expert Panels, Research Chair Steering Committee, and UNIMAS Conference Committee. Currently, RIMC is managing RMKe-10 (10th Malaysia Plan) research allocation provided under; (1) Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), (2) Exploratory Research Grants Scheme (ERGS), (3) Long Term Research Grant Scheme (LRGS), (4) Prototype Development Research Grant Scheme, and (5) Research Incentives.
In line with the vision and mission of UNIMAS, RIMC is committed to pursue UNIMAS’ target of becoming a research university by 2015. Let’s work together towards fulfilling our dream.

I encourage you to explore our web site on matters relating to the university’s research, policy, and grants available. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any enquiries.

Prof Dr Mustafa Abdul Rahman

Director Research & Innovation Management Centre

Centres of Excellence

Malaria Research Centre

The Malaria Research Centre (MRC) was established as one of the two Centres of Excellence by UNIMAS in January 2006. This was in recognition of the major contributions to malaria research by Prof Balbir Singh, Prof Janet Cox-Singh and co-researchers at the Malaria Research Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. These two scientists joined UNIMAS in 1999 to establish laboratory-based research in the new Medical Faculty and with financial support from UNIMAS, they were instrumental in designing and equipping state-of-the-art research laboratories. The acquisition of research grants from UNIMAS, the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment and the Wellcome Trust enabled them to train young scientists and establish an active group of researchers working on malaria.

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Water Research

The Centre for Water Research (CWR) at UNIMAS has been formally established as a Centre of Excellence in January 2006. It’s an offshoot of what was before an informal grouping of researchers from the Faculty of Resource Science & Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation at UNIMAS. The main function of CWR is to promote, activate and coordinate all water related research and consultancy at this university.

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Rural Informatics

Over the last 15 years information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been increasingly and optimistically promoted as a means of transforming developing countries into “modern” and knowledgebased societies and to alleviate some of the social and economic problems of developing world, particularly those in rural areas. Yet very little is known about the veracity of these aspirations, much less about the long-term social and economic effects of these technologies upon societies both in urban and rural areas.

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Image Analysis and Spatial Technologies

Centre of Excellence for Image Analysis and Spatial Technologies (IMAST) is a research and development unit under Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). IMAST is a forward looking Technologies professional which focus on IT software development, business strategies planning and consultancy services. We provide excellence and clients satisfy services to meet their business objectives.

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Renewabale Energy

The Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy was established in 2009 to strengthen and rationalise the UNIMAS research, demonstration and development efforts in all renewable energy technologies. CoERE is dedicated to accelerate the deployment and grid integration of renewable energy and low carbon generation technology through the utilization of Wind, Tidal Wave, Biomass, Hydro Power, Solar PV and Solar Thermal energy. As we step into this new era, there are high technological demand for ecology, energy saving, resources, and preservation of environment. Development of technologies for alternative energy for the reduction of energy consumption is an emergent issue.

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Semantic Technology and Augmented Reality

The Centre of Excellence in Semantic Technology and Augmented Reality was established in 6th August 2009 and is located at the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development (FCSHD), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). CoESTAR is part of MIMOS endeavours in driving universities towards the National Technology Roadmap aimed at serving as a compass for researchers in translating their work into benefits from strategic, social and economic aspect towards achieving the national aspiration of K-nation.

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RIMC eServices

The Integrated Research Information System (IRIS) is web base application that helps researchers keep track of their research information, allowing the researcher to update, manage financial tasks and maintain a list of publications pertaining to the research.

Production of IRIS was completed at the end of 2010, but IRIS was formally used by researchers in August 2011.

IRIS consists of three modules:

  • Research Module
  • Publication Module
  • Consultancy Module

Researchers are given a username and password to access the web-base application. Thus, they can update their research details anywhere at any time to their convenience.

Integrated Research Information System (iRIS)

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