UPLB Trans-disciplinary RDE Teams
Starting 2011, the university has started forming trans-disciplinary RDE teams which are entrusted to craft research proposals and implement programs that would encourage the participation of a number of expertise from various UPLB units, cutting across disciplines and areas of specializations, and also further the integration of other specialists from other UP units. A number of proposals have already been endorsed to the UP System (for the UP System Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program Grant) and the Commission on Higher Education's Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNet) Program.
Committees on Niches and Themes
Under the over-all coordination and support of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE), the Committees on Niches and Themes have been formed in 2005 to help the University prime the process of reorienting programs to agriculture, environment and biotechnology. These groups provide the leadership in contacting and bringing together interested faculty and staff from various academic and research units who are currently involved or wish to be involved in formulating and carrying out specific plans, projects, and activities related to the assigned theme. The committees can also form working groups to formulate and recommend specific proposals for submission to the OVCRE and endorsement by the University to potential funding agencies and institutions.
Commodity-based RDE Teams
Due to the need for RDE groups which will coordinate the preparation, packaging, review and submission of commodity-based proposals to the Department of Agriculture (DA), DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and other commodity-focused funding agencies, commodity-based RDE Teams have been created by the administration in 2008.
The Commodity RDE Teams ensure a more focused yet multi-disciplinary approach in the development of RDE projects. The teams formulate and package university-wide, multidisciplinary proposals for submission to funding agencies; assist the OVCRE in the review of special proposals; and craft long-term strategies for priority commodities identified and adopted by the funding agencies. The Commodity RDE teams include Rice, Corn, Coconut, Abaca, Rootcrops, Mango, Banana, Pili, Vegetables, Ornamentals, Legumes, Swine, Poultry, Dairy, and Ruminants.
Coordinators for Research and Extension
To promote university-wide dissemination and coordination in RDE matters among researchers and extensionists in the various UPLB units, coordinators for research and extension were identified by their respective college, institutes and departmental heads. Appointed by their supervisors on a yearly basis, the coordinators, assist their institutional heads in implementing research and extension-related activities. These coordinators are periodically met by the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension to discuss pressing issues or for information dissemination.