Research Supports

Research at the University occurs within the context of numerous administrative structures serving a variety of purposes such as governance and management, setting and enforcement of standards, ensuring quality, and providing support to researchers.

The University’s highest body is the University Council, which delegates executive management of the University to the Vice Chancellor and all academic matters, including research, to the Academic Board, which comprises several committees responsible for its different functions. The Department of Research and External Relations at the Office of the Vice Chancellor provides the linkage between the Academic Board’s policies and the research activities occurring at individual Colleges. Within Colleges, research is managed by Directors, Deans of Research and Industrial Linkages, and Research Center Coordinators with the approval and monitoring of College Research Committees. The committees, departments and individuals support research in the university through a) provisions of fund, b) allocation of resources, c) capacity development, and d) network and scholarships.

The Annual University Research Grant guideline to support three categories of researchers was developed and approved for implementation with relevant forms for application, evaluation and progress reporting

Annual University Research Grant 

Annual University Research Grant is a competitive research grant annually administered by the Department of Research and External Relations, where available annual research funding is distributed to individual researcher or research teams through merit-based and peer-reviewed processes. Such research grants will be distributed based on the research output of the individual researchers or research teams which will be monitored through the successful submission of research output on regular interval. Following links provide relevant information and documents to apply for new research proposal:

  1. AURG Guideline
  2. AURG Application Form
  3. AURG Evaluation Form
  4. AURG Half Yearly Reporting Form
  5. AURG Project Completion Form

Research Endowment Fund   

The 119th Lhengye Zhungtshog on 22nd November 2016 mandated Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) to establish an interim Secretariat of National Research Fund (REF) under the vide Cabinet Secretariat letter No. C-3/119/542 dated 22nd December 2016. The scope of REF investment is to provide research grants and scholarships as deemed necessary by the Governing Board. REF is directed by the Operational Guidelines for Endowment Funds issued by the Ministry of Finance (MoF).

Following links provide relevant information and documents to apply for new REF Grants:

Call for Research Endowment Fund for the financial year 2021-2022

Climate change is unraveling rapidly in the Himalayas and impacting countries like Bhutan, whose socio-economic wellbeing is critically tied to climate sensitive sectors.

Call for Annual University Research Grant Proposal 2021-22

The Annual University Research Grant for 2021-22 is now open, kindly submit your proposal by 30th April 2021. 

Research Endowment Fund for the financial year 2020-2021

The Interim Secretariat of National Research Fund (REF) established in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan would like to inform that call for REF proposals for the financial year 2020-21 is now open.