Establishing a strong research culture in the university is an achievable challenge in the presence of proper drive and motivation. Founding of a strong research culture in the university will not only help us achieve the world class status by improving the University’s rank locally and globally, but will also open up many other channels for further advancement as a higher education institute. It is in this light, the Research Council has taken initiatives to promote and strengthen the research activities in the university. A logical and positive step towards that would be to recognize, support and encourage the academics, who conduct high quality research and publish them in recognized and indexed journals. Acknowledging such distinguished individuals through a fair rewarding mechanism would not only encourage them to pursue further research of higher standards, but would also surely entice the fellow academics to follow in their footsteps. Thus the Vice Chancellor and the Research Council of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura have established a Research Award system to recognize and appreciate the contribution of academics who have conducted and published/presented their research at national and international conferences, peer reviewed and indexed journals. This Research Award system is conducted through 10 categories where eligible candidates will be given monetary awards and certificates. The researcher having the highest h index will be awarded a special prize at faculty level, the Early Career Researcher Awards will be awarded to the Best Researcher less than 40 years and Vice Chancellor’s Award will be awarded to the Best Researcher of the University following a stringent selection process.
This Research Award system is conducted through 10 categories where eligible candidates will be given monetary awards and certificates.
a. An article published in abstract form in a local conference proceeding or a symposium
b. An article published in abstract form in a foreign conference proceeding or a symposium
c. An article published in a non-refereed Journal
d. An article published in a refereed Journal (Non-indexed Journal)
e. An article published in a refereed Journal (Any indexed Journal)
f. An article published in an *Indexed Journal: Recognized Index journals are listed at http://www.isinet.com/journals under:
- Science Citation Indexed Expanded (™) (Web of Science)
- Social Sciences Citation Index® (Web of Science)
- Arts and humanities citation index® (Web of Science), etc.
g. Researcher having the highest citations for the year (Three Awards for each Faculty*)
h. Researcher having the highest h-index for the year (Three Awards for each Faculty*)
i. Early Career Researcher Award (Less than 40 years)
j. Vice Chancellor’s Award for the Researcher of the Year (Follow the CVCD guidelines) In addition to above the following will be awarded in Research Awards 2015.
1. University of Sri Jayewardenepura academics who obtained ranks in the Ranking of Scientists in Sri Lankan Institutions based on Webometrics Ranking Database of the state Universities in Sri Lanka, obtaining a h index of 10 or more than 10
2. Researchers who have attracted External Research Grants to the University
3. The departments having a highest department h-index in respective faculties
4. Emeritus Professors having an h-index of 10 or more than 10
The Research Council of the University announces the deadline for the application for University Research Awards for the year. Following are the eligibility criteria
a. Be a permanent academic staff member of the university
b. The applicant should process an updated Google Scholar Account with a verified institutional email address (SJP email address)
c. The publication should contain SJP email address and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura as the researcher’s institution
The details of the application process and the online application system are made available at the University web site.
RESEARCH AWARD CEREMONY
First ever Research Awards Ceremony of USJ was held at Hotel Golden Rose, Boralesgamuwa on 18th November 2015. The awards were given for the research work carried out in the year 2014. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sampath Amaratunge graced the occasion as chief guest. The colourful night of the Sri Jayewardenepura researchers was undeniably a memorable one, not only for the winners but also the entire university, as it marks another milestone in the university’s history. A large number of researchers both expert and novel, were awarded with prizes and certificates for their hard work, dedication and originality. The much awaited event contained a lot of excitement and entertainment to the audience.