Research Office Reports

Faculty Research Profiles


Research And Innovation Office



To be a reputable centre of excellence in research and innovation for sustainable development



To foster a culture of collaborative and innovative research at the National University of Science and Technology that facilitates the production of socially relevant solutions and knowledge transfer.



The unit is located in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. The unit was established to assist researchers at NUST in a variety of ways; its mandates are listed below.



1) To develop a research and innovation strategic plan for NUST

2) To develop a University wide and focused research culture and agenda for NUST

3) To identify and exploit alternative sources of funding for research conducted by NUST researchers

4) To build capacity in proposal development, project implementation and report writing (including publishing in peer reviewed journals)

5) To develop a university wide mentoring programme for junior academic staff.

6) To manage the Research Board.



The unit spearheaded the formation of research clusters so as to encourage the development of multidisciplinary research projects and identify potential collaborators and mentors, particularly for young researchers.




Quarterly Newsletter

In an effort to fulfill its key mandate of inculcating a culture of research at NUST, the unit produces a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter provides a quarterly update of research activities at NUST, profiles researchers at NUST and is a platform to receive feedback from the clientele of the Unit.


Research Seminars

The unit runs seminars that aim to improve research capacity at NUST. The seminars include topics such as Identifying a Research problem, Grant proposal writing, Budgeting, Conference presentations and Ethics in research.


Research Board Management

The University has a research Board that provides small grants to academic staff to conduct their research. However, this funding is very limited and is only useful when starting new projects in order to obtain preliminary data


Research Ethics Management

The Unit services the Institutional Review Board. The Board is a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical and behavioral research involving humans with the aim to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects.  The IRB serves organizations based in Matebeland North, Matebeland South and Bulawayo provinces.It caters for Industrial Liaison and Research Projects’ Management.