Software development for various applications (enrolment system, financial/ accounting system, research monitoring system, intelligent support system for health services); integration of ICT in teaching; on-line learning systems.
Drug and nutraceutical discovery and development; application of bioinformatics for taxonomic studies, data-mining, database development for ethnobotanical and indigenous knowledge systems; genomic DNA library construction of local bioresources and gene discovery; bioremediation; industrial enzymes; biosafety and ethical implications of biotechnology; value chain analysis of biotechnological products.
Engineered bamboo; nanotechnology applications of biomaterials; local clay materials for ceramics development; solid waste recycling; biopolymers; value chain analysis of new materials.
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Cancer surveillance among Institute constituents; dengue transmission and control; climate change and health; health-seeking behaviour and practices; mental health issues; food nutritive value fortification and safety; ethnobotany and biodiversity; maternal and child health; social dimensions of HIV/AIDS control; disaster risk reduction and management.
Bioenergy production; non-conventional power generation (solar, wind, others); biodegradation systems for energy production; academe-industry partnerships in energy research and production.
PEACE AND GOVERNANCE
Governance issues in health and environmental management; Political issues and implications in energy commercialization and distribution; contextualization of science and technology for the promotion of peace among multi-cultural communities; cultural, religious and linguistic studies; conflict management.
GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT
Gender equality; GAD sensitivity and awareness; men’s and women’s health issues, Gender opportunities to eliminate gender gaps, gender empowerment