June 2, 2017 About IRDI
The Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI) was established on 18 September 2012 in lined with the IMU’s strategic plan ASPIRE (2011-2015) to be an innovative global centre of excellence in learning and research. The IRDI was officially launched by the Chancellor, Dato’ Sri Dr. T. Devaraj on18 September 2012. The mission of IRDI is to be recognised as a leading private research institute in Asia that creates value through integrating education, healthcare and research.
The primary aim of IRDI is to serve as a platform to support all research activities at IMU. The objectives of IRDI include the following:
(1) to explore funding opportunities,
(2) to liaise with industrial partners for contract research,
(3) to provide supporting services to researchers such as statistical and editing services and advice on IP filing,
(4) to coordinate the applications for both internal and external funding,
(5) to coordinate the commercialisation of potential research products and services and
(6) to coordinate corporate communication to publicise IMU research.
The IRDI is headed by a director who oversees the strategies and functionality of the Institute and provides leadership to the scientific community of the university. The Joint Committee on Research and Ethics is an important component of the Institute, playing a key role in evaluating research proposals for internal and external funding. In addition, there is a Scientific Advisory Board, consisting of distinguished scientists in the leading fields as well as representatives from the industry to advise on the research direction of the Institute, in alignment with its strategies.
There are two main arms under IRDI, namely, Research, and Support Services and Commercialisation. The main functions of the Research Arm are as follows: (1) to drive research activities under the identified thrust areas;
(2) to manage the resources for research and
(3) to monitor and evaluate all research activities, including those conducted by undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Under the Research and Development Arm, there are five Centres of Excellence (CoE) based on the identified thrust areas, namely,
(1) Centre for Bioactive Molecules and Drug Discovery,
(2) Centre for Environment and Population Health,
(3) Centre for Cancer and Stem Cell Research,
(4) Centre for Translational Research and
(5) Centre for Transformative Nutrition and Health.
The Support Services and Commercialisation consist of the IMU Research Laboratories and Support Services, Business Engagement Office and Commercialisation.
To be recognised as a leading private research institute in Asia that creates value through integrating education, healthcare and research.
The primary aim of IRDI is to serve as a platform to support all research activities and to oversee all academic matters related to postgraduate as well as Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSc) programmes at IMU. The Institute will provide research directions, research management and oversight, consultancy and services to various stakeholders. The objectives of IRDI are as follows:
To explore funding opportunities
To liaise with industrial partners for contract research
To provide supporting services to researchers (e.g. statistical,editing services and advice of IP filling)
To coordinate the applications for both external and internal funding
To coordinate the commercialisation of potential research products and services
To coordinate corporate communication to publicise our research
To coordinate postgraduate and BMedSc programmes through the School of Postgraduate Studies