Faculty Research Process


Faculty research starts with a research proponent’s submission of a 2 to 5 – page concept paper to the Research Office, which basically contains the introduction, statement of the problem, a brief background, significance, and expected output of the study. The Research Director (RD) evaluates the concept paper for its conformity with the research agenda, its worthiness for a  research grant, and the potential of its expected output for future utilization and/or publication. For the concept paper that meets the criteria, the RD writes to the research proponent attaching the guidelines in preparing a proposal and an Application for Research Proposal Defense (RO Form 13). For the concept paper that has issues for clarification, RD either calls the proponent for a Concept Hearing or requests for additional documents to support the concept paper.

Upon receipt of the letter, the proponent prepares the full proposal based on the Research Proposal Outline and coordinates with research specialists (Resident Data Processor and Resident Editor) for assistance and concerns related to structure and method. The proponent submits the paper to the Research and Development Office for Research Quality Assurance Tests (Grammarly and Turnitin) and Ethics Review,  and revises the manuscript based on the test results and suggestions of the panel. 

The proponent submits the full proposal, the clearance, and the Application for Research Proposal Defense (RO Form 13) to the Research Office. The RD convenes the URC that would serve as the technical panel for the proposal defense of the proponent. See RO.POL. 001 (Policy on Faculty Research Proposal Defense.)

Once the URC approves the proposal, the proponent accomplishes all the post proposal revisions and the second round of quality assurance tests  and submits the revised proposal with the necessary attachments to the RD. The RD forwards the URC-approved proposal for the research grant endorsement to the Vice President for Academics, who recommends its approval to the President. Awarding of grants and incentives is guided by RO. POL 002 (Policy on Awarding of Grants and Incentives).

Upon the President’s approval, RD prepares the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and MOA signing follows.

The proponent, who has become a grantee at this point, conducts the study as guided by the conditions stipulated in the MOA. To monitor the progress of the grantee, the Research Office requires the grantee to submit a monthly progress report. See RO.POL.003 for Policy on Monitoring and Reporting of Research Grants.

Upon the completion of the research, the grantee prepares the complete research report based on the structure and format suggested in the Guidelines in Preparing Report, undergo the GOT, and finalize the manuscript. Then, the grantee must seek another clearance Research Specialists” Endorsement (RO Form 18) from research specialists and submits the completed report with the clearance to the Research Dissemination Specialist for in-house review. The in-house review consists of a written review using the Peer-Review Form (RO Form 19) and an oral review using Evaluation of a Research Presentation (RO Form 20). See RO.POL.004 (Policy on In-House Review and Publication) for the complete guidelines.

After the in-house review, the grantee must revise the paper taking into account the comments and recommendations of the reviewers of both the written and oral reviews. The grantee must prepare the final manuscript and submit it to the Research Office with all the required supporting documents.

At this stage, the paper undergoes a series of peer review and revisions until it is approved by the reviewers and meets the standard of the publication.


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