Research - Innovation - Commercialization (ORIC)

The mission of Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) is to provide comprehensive support to members of LUMS research community engaged in the preparation and submission of research proposals. Bringing funding opportunities to the attention of faculty members and instituting a process of routing and tracking of research proposals / awards. As steward of the university’s externally and internally funded research portfolio, OSPR is responsible for ensuring that all research proposals and projects adhere to LUMS’ academic and research policies and meet its obligations to sponsors. This office now been officially acclaimed as the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) by the HEC on December 28, 2011.

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) addresses the following areas:

  1. Providing support to members of LUMS research community engaged in the preparation and submission of research proposals
  2. Bringing funding opportunities to the attention of faculty members and instituting a process of routing and tracking of research proposals / awards
  3. Serve as a clearing house for any patentable intellectual property and develop an IP for the university

OSPR Operations

The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) was established on August 16, 2010 and has the responsibility to manage all sponsored research related activities of academic and research units and act as a bridge between LUMS faculty and national/international donors/sponsors. This includes, but is not limited to externally funded research proposals; unrestricted grants; travel grants; sponsored conferences / workshops / seminars; consulting assignments; instructional and service activities; memorandum of understanding (MoU), Non-disclosure Agreements (NDA); and contracts/agreements related to externally funded projects.

Sponsored Programs

  1. Research Grants (For Policy: Click here)
    • Externally Funded (e.g. HEC, ICT R&D Fund etc.) - OSPR provides administrative and financial support to faculty. This includes finding funding opportunities, proposal/budget review, communication and regular follow up with donor, facilitating monitoring visits, management in SAP, financial approvals, HR management, audit and other closure formalities.   
    • Internally Funded (FIF, FTG, Startup grants) - OSPR provides administrative support. Financial management and HR approvals are provided by F&A.
    • Grants related to administrative functions, student activities, financial aid, etc. do not fall under the purview of OSPR.  These are handled by the respective departments in collaboration with F&A. For example administrative grants - respective department, student activities - OSA (Mazhar Chinoy: mchinoy@lums.edu.pk), financial aid - marketing and financial aid departments, etc.
       
  2. Consultancy (For Policy: Click here)
    • OSPR provides administrative and financial support to faculty. This includes contract/budget review, communication with donor, management in SAP, financial approvals, HR management and closure formalities.
       
  3. Travel Grants (For Policy: Click here)
    • Externally Funded (e.g. HEC) - OSPR provides administrative support to faculty. This includes application review, communication with donor, regular follow up and other formalities.   
    • Internally Funded (FTG) - OSPR provides administrative support. Financial management and approvals are provided by F&A.
       
  4. Seminars/Workshops/Symposiums (For Policy: Click here)
    • Externally Funded - OSPR provides administrative and financial support to faculty. This includes application/budget review, communication and regular follow up with donor, management in SAP, financial approvals and other formalities
    • Internally Funded - Seminars organized through departmental or School funding are managed by respective departments
       
  5. MoUs/NDAs/Agreements/Contracts (For Policy: Click here)
    • Research related - OSPR provides administrative support to faculty. This includes review, communication and regular follow up with donor, co-ordination with the LUMS legal counsel in case an advice is needed. 
    • Academic – Such MoUs are managed by respective departments and schools, however, should be forwarded to OSPR for record keeping.
       

Overheads Policy

LUMS charges a financial overhead (indirect costs) from the funded research programs at a rate of 30% of the total direct costs, unless otherwise restricted by the sponsor/donor. While the bulk of overhead amount will be directly retained by the university and included in the total revenue earned, a portion of the funds will be distributed to the School to support “seeding” of research activities, with the remaining funds being placed with the Principal Investigator for his/her academic/research use. For detailed distribution of Overheads, please refer to: LUMS Overheads Policy

Please note that the Faculty Overhead Account and the School Overhead Account can only be created if the research grant was processed through OSPR and was formally registered in the SAP GM-GTE Module. Moreover, this does not apply to university overheads deducted from other activities including the consultancy services provided by the faculty.

Parking Expenses

Starting March 10, 2014 OSPR is responsible for parking sponsored programs related expenses in the SAP directly. Therefore all the receipts, expense claims, bills etc. are to be directly forwarded to OSPR. OSPR will forward the original receipts to F&A once the expenses are parked in the system.(SOP: Parking Expenses )

Exclusions: FIF, FTG, Startup grants and other internally funded programs are excluded from this. Documents related to these funds will route through F&A as before.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) 

Programs that involve the use of human subjects or animals are reviewed by LUMS IRB. Moreover, all issues related to biosafety are also under the purview of the IRB. Research proposals that require IRB review are forwarded to IRB Convener through OSPR for the issuance of ethics approval.

(Webpage - Institutional Review Board (IRB))

University Research Council (URC) 

The purpose of the URC is to identify and recommend those baseline policies that will be applicable to research endeavors of the faculty. OSPR provides secretarial services to the URC.

(Webpage - University Research Council (URC))

Student Activities

Student activities are managed by the Office of Student Affairs and respective Schools.

LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE)

All activities related to incubation and entrepreneurship are managed by Mr. Khurram Zafar, Executive Director, LCE (khurram.zafar@lums.edu.pk).

Commercialization

The outcome of a sponsored project may result in a a product that could have Intellectual Property (IP) and/or commercial potential. OSPR provides coordination support in pursuing such endeavours.