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Project Proposal for the Undergraduate Innovators Research

[SIIIP; (Solution, Ideas, Innovation, Intervention, Products, Patent)]

University of Sri Jayewardenepura


Objectives

  • To create a supportive platform to encourage and empower undergraduates students in USJP to seek Solution, Ideas, Innovation, Intervention, Products/Patent and process and enhance the commercialization of innovations.<


    • Implementation of innovative projects will be encouraged to strengthen local operations and take advantage of unique opportunities from a local perspective. Projects that are being continued or show minor modifications of previous studies will not be funded.

    • Conduction of grant writing Seminars and Workshops for undergraduate students to provide a broad overview on the grant writing process and providing assistance to prospective grant applicants in developing and presenting a competitive application towards the World Class University Project.

    • Conduction of hands-on methods and techniques courses and Workshops within respective research fields along with international Seminars and annual Research Forums (international travel awards will not be provided). However, higher the scientific knowledge then inventors with such advanced knowledge can come up with solutions that use such advanced technological insights.


  • To value added to traditional/indigenous/ local resources to enhance the stature of USJP by contributing towards the advancement of knowledge in support of national innovation systems in competitive global arenas.


    • The future belongs to the products that will satisfy the physical and mental needs of the consumer, incorporate the traditional, social, cultural and ecological aspects of the region. They should be produced locally, but in terms of appearance, efficiency and performance they should be world class (Mehta 2003).

    • Combining indigenous knowledge with scientific knowledge can help create solutions that are culturally acceptable, economically feasible and environmentally sustainable for the society being aided (Puffer 1995).

    • Create an enabling environment, for seamless fusion of indigenous and scientific knowledge by utilizing complimentary expertise and experience of people, and the one that is based on mutual respect. This will help stimulate and foster the culture of indigenous innovations in the country.

    • Promotion of interdisciplinary (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, Management studies and Commerce, Medical Sciences, Faculty of Graduate Studies) collaborations that involve academic exchanges across international, national and disciplinary boundaries in order to improve the innovative research.


      • Developments in the field of meditational sciences with the association of Sri Lankan socio-cultural practices.

      • Improvements of applying Indigenous technology to Modern Challenges. Indigenous knowledge or traditional knowledge applicable to illuminating or answering humanities’ pressing challenges such as poverty, food security, climate change, war and peace, illness and disease, and the myriad of other quandaries threatening human security.

      • Improvements on Philosophy, Psychology, Civilization and Economics.

      • Effect of traditional medicine; Ayurvedic therapies, Siddha Medicine, Unani Medicine, Natural Products and oriental music on cognition meditative states of minds.

      • Developments in the field of interdisciplinary sciences with the association of engineering and technological aspects of Electrical, Mechanical, Bioengineering, Chemical, Bio- systems, Computer Science etc to implement creativity, ingenuity and novel innovations by the active collaboration of engineering faculties throughout Sri Lanka.


  • Establish an integrated research culture/ network and innovation/ intervention center within our university to encourage all academics to become research orientated. Generating ideas, Harvesting ideas and Developing and Implementing these ideas are the common factor in these three phases is teamwork – synergy amongst the group.


    • Develop multidisciplinary academic exchange for undergraduate students directly related to the implementation of their respective research and/or solely for the purpose of reporting the results of research at relevant conferences;

      • The exchange of undergraduate students to international institutions in order to perform research and teach in areas of common interests will be supported.

    • Increase international exposure

      • Organization of international workshops and annual research forums for Undergraduates

    • Facilitate international collaboration by synchronizing information technology and preliminary data for exchange and propose unique prospective/retrospective studies based on local specimens and other socio-demographic data;


      • Repositories (National Archaeological/ - Extracts of native endangered/extinct plants and animals/ Biospecimen).

      • Biomolecular resources

      • Data Banks

      • Data archives holding resources on languages and cultures.


    • Long-term strategic partnerships focus the university’s creativity and talent on enabling future innovations that can be taken to market by industry and deliver benefits to society within five to ten years.

      • Partnerships between the industry and universities can accelerate innovation and deliver solutions to critical social and economical challenges.

      • Collaborating with industry should be linked to a redefinition of the role of the research; designed to support the stages of converting research outputs into a commercial proposition.


  • To provide technical, financial and legal assistance to inventor undergraduates the support inventors to draft their patent application and help to protect from infringement of IP rights of inventors in USJP.


    • Research projects will be funded by the program only if it includes a significant component of undergraduate research. 50% of the required funds should be attained by other sources (could be re-considered under exceptional circumstances).

    • Patent development should be executed as a fundamental system to encourage and protect local innovation.


      • Patent ownership for inventions arising out of research and development activities occurring at the university is defined by the university policy, whereby the university along with the supervisor/s and undergraduate students of the study would have the right to own patent rights for inventions arising out of research and development occurring at the university and for which they are inventors. 25% of the patent rights would belong to USJP.

      • Funds will be allocated towards internal academics who wish to further pursue and improve their academic career within their respective department at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

      • Special consideration would be given towards the provision of start-up funds (funds towards equipment purchasing will not be encouraged unless it is well justified) for newly appointed investigators.

      • The state gives the person the rights to that knowledge for a limited period for commercial usage unless it is commercialized. Ideally before embarking on developing a prototype, inventors should do a search to see what has already been done in that field.

      • The invention must solve an unmet consumer need, could be made economically and distributed to the consumers in an accepted means.

      • Uncover globally competing arenas to add value in global supply chains and fit products in to systems before trying to change the world with our products.

      • Develop mechanisms to grant financial assistance for patented inventions and implementing the same.

      • Assistance to obtain patents to ensure the protection of Intellectual Property Rights of Inventors.

      • Identify suitable mechanisms for optimal utilization of resources unique to each faculty through inventions/innovations.

      • Make use of know how of inventors/innovators to address nationally relevant and current social needs/issues.

      • Encouragement of inventiveness/innovativeness among faculties and further development of inventions/innovations identified up to commercially viable products.

      • The USJP and industry would provide the technical support necessary to convert the best invention to a product or process ready for the market.

      • In addition, the industry would consider raising the required funds to profitable innovations; and industry has incorporated corporate sustainability strategies that hinge on innovation and technology, collaboration and networking, continuous process improvement and stakeholder engagement.


    • Support for Technology Development

      • To further advance research outputs from laboratory scale to pilot scale and beyond, projects drawing on knowledge gained from basic and applied research and/or practical experience, should be directed towards;

      • Development and manufacture of new and innovative materials by amalgamating Sri Lankan natural product formulations, indigenous medicine, cosmeceuticals and food varieties as consumables with scientific findings.

      • New and efficient process and business model development, licensing and venturing to combine resources, ideas and technologies.

      • Substantially improve process systems and services of those already produced or installed (experimental development).

      • Novel technological improvements in applications in remediation, water purification, analytics, and food processing.

      • Service-based investigations that allow definitive diagnosis of patients, influence therapy and allow monitoring of therapeutic effectiveness.


    • Start-up provisions towards projects based on novel technologies through seed investments.

      • Provide opportunities for researchers to start-up businesses/companies by using university/institute based novel technologies and aligning technology creators, industry, entrepreneurs and capital sources.

      • All the above mentioned improvements and implementations should be at least partially funded by other approved institutions/sources and should be in favour of research to be carried out through a national perspective to promote Sri Lankan innovation systems.

      • Project Planning, Implementation and Monitoring will be carried out by a Project Management Unit entitled as 'The World Class University Project'.