UTAS-A’s primary focus is on teaching and learning. Effective teaching depends to a large extent on lecturers who keep up-to-date with developments in their field of specialization. For these reasons, UTAS-A supports, within limits, academic staff who wish to pursue research and consultancy.
The term ‘research’ is used to mean any individual or collective endeavor that results in a measurable academic outcome such as a conference presentation, or a published book or article of clear benefit to the College’s profile and reputation.
In the context of the college’s mission and goals, applied research, focusing squarely on the needs and concerns of commerce and industry, is seen by the college as an activity that contributes to the college’s reputation, the professional skills of staff, and the good of the nation.
Consultancy refers to any work, carried out with the Dean’s written approval, that involves liaison with, and advice to, a company or other commercial or government organization. For example, an institution with which UTAS-A is engaged with or in collaboration. Apart from consultation, ACT can also give presentations and workshops to the requesting company or other public entities. A Consultancy framework is to be developed by the Research Committee and PMC to guide the staff in providing consultancy services. Consultancy can also be referred to as any work for the community groups. Seminars on communication skills, leadership development, financial literacy, etc. and technical assistance contribute to a healthy community.
Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at UTAS (Al MUsanna) comes directly under TRC (Research Council of Oman). TTO has been established with the purpose of acting as a link between academia and the outside community, such as public and private sector companies, startup companies, non-governmental organizations, etc.
In essence, TTO focuses on the three important and critical dimensions with respect to cultivating an ecosystem for technology transfer, i.e. scientific, legal and industrial, in order for the centre to carry out its responsibility by acting as a bridge for bringing innovations from the lab to the market thereby a fruitful completion.
So primarily, our responsibility is to encourage innovation in the field of science and technology and also to detect innovation in various other fields. We intend to provide the intellectual academic support for initiating the IP protection procedure which is necessary in the case of new technologies. TTO will also be an active participant in ensuring the protection of such innovation through the framework of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Also, we aim to work as a channel in helping to find potential investors or licensees in this area. The TTO center in the college also provides the conducive environment for the creation of new startups which have emerged as part of research findings and innovation.
TTO also aims to be an institution par excellence in the dissemination of knowledge with respect to innovation, intellectual property rights (IPR). TTO strives to achieve this by conducting seminars, workshops, panel discussions, certificate programmes in IPR and innovation, release of working papers on innovation and IPR practices in Oman, which will be beneficial to multiple stakeholders involved and interested in areas including student community, industry people and those associated with the government.
ACT to be technology transfer hub in the region. Through transferring research projects and innovations to inventions with social and economic values helping in achieving Oman vision 2040.
To provide creative and innovative environment in the college to ensure the sustainability of technology transfer.
The Open Research Grant (ORG) is a national research program adopted by The Research Council (TRC) to allocate small-to-medium size research grants to short-term and mid-term research projects within the fields of sciences and humanities.
The main goal of the program is to expand and enhance research capacity in the Sultanate. To achieve this, the program supports the creation of teams and networks of researchers and assists young graduates with financial support for their postgraduate research work.
Applications are open to institutions and individuals, Omani and Oman-based.
TRC uses two sets of criteria to evaluate ORG submissions:
Proposals must adequately address all criteria elements in order to avoid disqualification from being considered for an ORG.
There is no guarantee for a qualified proposal to receive funding support. All eligible proposals are ranked based on the evaluation criteria before they are selected for funding support.
In case a proposal is rejected, the feedback generated in the review process will be communicated to the Principal Investigator (PI) for an opportunity to improve the research proposal.