ORID is headed by a Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, Innovation and Development and is responsible for:

  1. the development and implementation of the University's research policy and guidelines;
  2. the promotion, facilitation and co-ordination of research activities in  the University as a whole;
  3. establishing operational systems for ethical clearance, as well as their monitoring and evaluation;
  4. representing the interests of the University in contractual applications and reporting;
  5. setting standards and ensuring effective dissemination of high quality research output;
  6. administering contract research;
  7. promoting the development of faculty capability and capacity to deliver high quality research output
  8. ensuring effective distribution and efficient use of research funds, in line with priority areas identified in the  University’s strategic plan and national needs;
  9. the development of a fundraising strategy and  to raise funds for research;
  10. liasing between the University and funding agencies and broker strategic partnerships between such agencies and the University
  11. facilitating the development of the University’s strategic plan, Including business plans; and monitor implementation and delivery against set objectives and targets;
  12. promoting strategic partnerships between the University, other universities locally and abroad, relevant industries and business community;
  13. the registration, protection, patenting and commercialisation of intellectual property; and
  14.  absorbing the functions previously performed by the Research and Conferences Committee, Publications Committee, External Funds Office, Consultancy and Research Administration Units.