Proponent/s of Research Projects. All teaching, non-teaching personnel, and students of the University are qualified and encouraged to conduct a research study to be funded from the regular budget allocation for research by the University.

  1. Regular faculty members, individual or team, shall be required to conduct and submit at least one research/project output every other academic evaluation year.
  2. A faculty member, who will enroll in thesis/dissertation writing in UNP may propose and conduct a study in line with the aforementioned areas of concern provided that the proponent shall follow all the guidelines prescribed by the University Research Office.
  3. A student may propose and conduct a study programmed under the Research Agenda of the University, subject to approval by the Director for Research, provided that the proponent shall follow all the guidelines/arrangements made between the University Research Office and the academic unit to which he belongs.

Proposal Preparation, Presentation and Submission.

  1. Priority shall be given to project/research proposals based on the Research Agenda of the University and outputs of the Research Capability Building Seminar-Workshops undertaken pursuant to National Higher Education Research Agenda (NHERA 2, 2009-2018), those of the Presidential Coordinating Council on Research and Development (PCCRD 2010-2016), the National Agenda for Sustainable Development for the 21st Century, Philippine Agenda 21 of the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set within 2015, and those of other leading government institutions of the country like National Economic Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Science and Technology, etc.
  2. Research proposals must follow the format prescribed by URO and the clearing and funding agencies, as the case may be.
  3. A duly endorsed research proposal by the Dean and Unit Research Coordinator of the college of the proponent/s should be submitted to the University Research Office through the concerned Area Research Coordinator the soonest possible time.
  4. The proposals will be reviewed immediately by the In-House Review Committee composed of the following:
    1. Chairman: Director for Research
    2. Co-Chairman: In-House Review and Research Publication Coordinator
    3. Members: Concerned Area Research Coordinator, Peer Reviewer/s, Research Statistician
  5. After the incorporation of all the suggestions and recommendations of the In-House Review Committee, the corrected approved research proposals will be submitted to URO through the concerned Area Research Coordinator as soon as possible.
  6. Copies of all research proposals to be funded by outside agencies like Dept. of Science and Technology (DOST), National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Commission on Higher Education, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and other funding agencies will be submitted to the office for filing before they are submitted to the concerned funding institution for review and issuance of clearances before the release of funding allotment by the Department of Budget and Management.
  7. A detailed operational plan of each regular-funded research proposal will be prepared by the proponent/s and submitted to the Budget Office and UNP President for approval. Upon approval, the proponent/s will be notified through his Dean/Director and/or Unit Research Coordinator.

Conduct of Research

  1. After all the forms and documents pertinent to the research/project shall have been prepared, the proponent/s shall proceed with the gathering of data
  2. After gathering all data and information needed, the proponent/s shall tally and interpret the results. The proponent/s shall prepare a final draft of the completed research to be forwarded to the University Research Office for encoding.
  3. The completed research shall undergo In-House Review by the same review committee as that in the proposal stage and the Research Publication Coordinator using criteria points developed by the committee. After which, the research will go through internal- and external-peer reviews. All suggestions/ recommendations made by the committee must be incorporated in the final manuscript before presentation (poster or oral) and publication.

Benefits/Privileges and Awards

(a) Benefits/Privileges

  1. When a project/research is funded from the regular fund and other sources of the University, personnel involved can avail of the following assistance:
  2. Traveling expenses and per diems related to the conduct of the study but         subject to usual accounting and auditing rules.
  3. Designated data collectors are entitled to receive wages.
  4. Hired contractual laborers as caretakers, in the case of a project, should         receive wages at the rate set in the contract and programmed in the         proposal.
  5. Supplies and materials needed for the reproduction of proposals, research instruments/questionnaires and the final reports. Research proponents can also charge to the funds allotted in their research expenses such as the payment of films, batteries, development of film/recopying of negative as documents, USB, computer ink, and other expenses relative to the conduct of the study as indicated in the operational plan and supported with receipts. Such entitlement should be affected following the approval of the proposal.
  6. In addition to the above-mentioned assistance extended:
  7. Regular full-time faculty proponent can avail one of the following privileges to be granted by the University as additional incentive:
    1. Additional reduction of the teaching load of three (3) units after the research has been presented successfully in related colloquium or conference and/or published in an internationally refereed journal or CHED Accredited Journal. The giving of incentive shall take effect on the semester after presentation and/or publication of the research. If the research has more than one (1) author, the units should be divided between or among the authors based on their amount of contribution in its realization. Recommendation for the reduction in teaching load shall be made only by the Director for Research, approval recommended by Dean/Director of the researcher/s and the Vice President for Research and Extension and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and finally approved by the President.
    2. Service credits of 20 days for every finished research. If there are more than one (1) author, the main researcher/or the URO will determine the number of days to be granted to each of them based on the amount of contribution in their study. Recommendation for the granting of service credits shall be made after submission of the final research output to URO through the concerned Area Research Coordinator who then endorses for approval by the Director for Research, Vice President for Research and Extension, Vice President for Administration, and finally approved by the President.
    3. Faculty with Administrative Function can avail also one of the additional incentives as   provided in 1.v. a under the title Benefits and Privileges.
    4. For contractual/part time faculty, and personnel, a monetary incentives shall be granted for which the amount will be determined, duly recommended and approved by the University President.
  8. For foreign/outside funded researches/projects, honoraria of research/project staff such as consultants, project manager, and other project staff shall come from the programmed honoraria of the project staff but not to exceed the rate as embodied in Memo Circular # 001, s. 1995, re: Implementing Guidelines on the Granting of Honoraria for DOST and NARD System and the AAMRO.
  9. If the research/project proposal is not included in the R & D program of the University, but certified as exceptional and urgent by the Area Research Coordinator concerned and the Directorfor Research, the proponent/s can avail of his choice one of the similar benefits given to proponent/s of regular funded researches.
  10. A personally funded research that has satisfied the criteria of the review and after having presented and/or published in refereed or CHED accredited journal, its author/s can avail one  of the following:
    1. monetary incentive, the amount given will be determined and recommended to the University President for approval
    2. additional reduction of the teaching load of three (3) units (condition of the provision is the same as that in 1.v.a under Benefits and Privileges)
    3. service credits of 20 days (condition of the provision is the same as that in a.1.5.1 under Benefits and Privileges)
  11. A student who will conduct a study program based from the University Research Agenda shall be given the following assistance, provided, there is no financial assistance given by other offices or from other agencies and on condition that the Office should be furnished a copy of the research output and that the Director of the Office or the concerned Area Coordinator should sit as one of the members of the Examination Committee:
Degree/Level Assistance Amount (Php)
Baccalaureate Transportation 1,500.00
Supplies/Materials 1,500.00
Masteral Program Transportation 3,000.00
Supplies/Materials 3,000.00
Doctorate Program Transportation 5,000.00
Supplies/Materials 5,000.00


(b) Awards

University Researcher of the Year Award and Incentive (URYAI)/Cash and Non- Cash

  1. University Researcher of the Year Award and Incentives (URYAI), in Cash and Non Cash forms, will be conferred to UNP researchers who have strived for excellence in research.
  2. Selection of the University Researcher of the Year from the fulltime faculty and    personnel shall be based on a set of criteria prepared by the Review Committee on Awards of University Research and Extension Council (URECO) and the University Research Office
  3. The University Researcher of the Year shall be awarded with P10,000.00 and a Plaque of Recognition.

Research Outputs

  1. All completed researches shall be initially reviewed by the In-House Review Committee, the same committee as that in the proposal stage review.
  2. After the researcher/s shall have incorporated all the suggestions and recommendations of the said committee, a copy of the research manuscript must be submitted to the University Research Office for internal- and external-peer reviewing.
  3. A copy of the completed research shall be provided to the researcher/s and theirs Units.
  4. Completed studies funded by the regular fund of the University will be given priority for publication in the UNP Research Journal, a refereed and indexed multidisciplinary research journal.

 Reports/Documents to be submitted by Researchers

  1. Principal researchers/ investigators of approved projects/studies shall be required to submit the following reports to the University Research Office through the concerned Area Research Coordinator:
    1. Quarterly progress report of research activities;
    2. Financial report  with supporting documents;
    3. Accomplished Form 48  of designated data collectors ; and
    4. Final report/manuscript of the study
      1. If the proponent fails to complete the study on the time frame approved as provided for in his operational plan of activities, he is given a grace period of four months. If he fails to submit the final report after the grace period, he shall reimburse all his expenses subject to the terms and conditions of the contract entered to. The failure of the proponent to conduct the study, shall be the basis for non-granting him of the opportunity to propose another research for the following calendar year unless he gives valid reasons for its non-completion subject to the condition of the contract within the specified time.

Presentation (Oral or Poster) of Outputs in Scientific Meetings and Fora. The University shall provide financial support to technical presentations of outputs in scientific meetings, locally and internationally, provided the paper has been reviewed and recommended by the In-House Review Committee of the University Research Office.

UNP Research Publication. There shall be a research publication categorized as refereed and multidisciplinary that  seeks to further the discussion, advancement, and dissemination of research and development concerns and knowledge along socio-economics, education, industry and energy, agri-business and cooperatives, agrarian studies and local governance, natural science, health and nutrition, vocational and technological matters. This shall be indexed in national and international websites. The UNP Research Publication shall be headed by a Coordinator, and at the same time the Editor-In-Chief, who is being assisted by the editorial board that composes of the following:

  1. Associate editors;
  2. External (from the Philippines & other countries) and Internal (UNP) referees;
  3. Ethics reviewer; and
  4. Consultants

The chosen members of the editorial board shall have excellent track records as researchers in their fields; as evidenced by their researches published in refereed journals, research related awards, speakership in different fora and experience in peer reviews.

The UNP Research Publication shall have a Technical staffs that compose of the following:

  1. Language editor;
  2. Encoders;
  3. Lay-out artist;
  4. Circulation; and

University Research Chair Lecture

  1. The University shall encourage and support its faculty researchers to look for sponsors/ resources in the realization of the Research Chair Lecture. The said research recipients shall be entitled to monetary benefits upon submission of research outputs.
  2. The completed research output shall be presented to an academic forum in the University or any venue requested by the sponsor with due acknowledgement of the sponsor of the said research.

SECTION 251. Development Centers under the University Research Office. The following are Centers of Research under the University Research Office:

  1. Environmental Research and Training Center. The center shall focus on research and development studies on the protection of the environment and the rich biodiversity of the region. The Center shall aim towards the conduct of green and smart agriculture, environment and natural resources, fishery and aquatic resources, technologies and systems for increasing productivity and income, as well as food sufficiency. The Center shall be headed by a Coordinator, an Assistant Coordinator and Staff that provides technical manpower in the conduct of research and development projects in: Agricultural Research; Fisheries and Aquatic Resources; and Environment and Natural Resources.
  2. UNP Marine Resource Research Development Center. The center shall solely focused on research and development studies in marine and aqua-culture. The Center shall be headed by a Coordinator and Staff that oversees the facilities.
  3. UNP Upland Research and Development Center. The Center shall facilitate the development of research-based studies for upland municipalities of the province on various thematic areas such as indigenous cultural heritage, poverty alleviation, literacy/numeracy, sustainable development and among others. The Center shall be based where an Extension Center of the University shall be located. The Center shall be headed by a Coordinator, and assisted by a staff.
  4. UNP Aquaculture Research Development Center. The Center shall cater to the integration of aquaculture to rural development, and the introduction of mature fishery technologies developed from research activities.
  5. Ceramics Research and Development Center. The Center shall facilitate the development of research-based ceramics that would increase production out of newly generated outputs using indigenous and newly innovated technologies. The center shall be headed by a Coordinator, and assisted by a Technical Staff. The program components of the Center shall be: Research and Development; Production and Design; and Marketing.
  6. Center for Instructional Development and Education Research. The Center shall facilitate the development of research-based instructional materials that would address the varying needs of faculty and students. It shall be headed by a Coordinator and assisted by a Language Editor, and a Content Editor, a Lay-Out Artist, and an Encoder. The implementation of this Center shall be in coordination with a Publishing wherein a Memorandum of Agreement shall be crafted and signed.
  7. Center for Invent School Program. The center shall initiate programs on the needs of students in their pursuit of discovering new things (Invention), development of technology and utility model. It shall be headed by a Coordinator, and assisted by a Technical Staff coming from the University and from the Technology Application Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
  8. Center for Foundry and Metal Craft. The Center shall conduct research and development studies that promote the metal craft industry of the Province. It shall also address the needs of the students under the K to 12 curricular programs. This is in collaboration with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). This office is to be headed by a Coordinator and a Research Staff.
  9. Center for Research and Training for Barangay Health Workers. This is an integrated training center that shall conducts research, training and development studies for barangay health workers. It is being headed by a Coordinator and assisted by a Research Staff.