Skip to main content

See the course start guide here.

student

Research, along with teaching and community service, are the three pillars that support our university’s mission. It is through research, creative works, and innovation that universities generate the new knowledge and understanding that define excellence in education and result in benefits to society. The Associate Vice Presidency of Research, External Resources and Compliance oversees and facilitates the development of these activities at UAGM. The External Resources area identifies, obtains, and manages the financial resources that fund UAGM’s development plans. The Integrity and Compliance area manages the Federal, state, and institutional policies and regulations aimed at ensuring the integral behavior and protection of the participants in investigative processes. 

Contacts:

students looking at a computer

The strategic objective of the research vector, as stated in the Strategic Development Guidelines of UAGM (Guías Estratégicas de Desarrollo de la UAGM) for the academic years 2021-22 to 2023-24, is to promote the strengthening of the institutional capacity to continually develop research projects and activities, creative works, and innovation for the socio-economic wellbeing of Puerto Rico and its environs.  The following strategies were defined to achieve these goals:

  1. Update and integrate themed areas or lines of research of UAGM campuses.
  2. Identify and document key projects aligned with the themed areas or lines of research to establish priorities in the research agenda.
  3. Promote the dissemination, via various media, of the research, creative works, and innovation products.
  4. Promote internal and external collaboration with an interdisciplinary focus.
  5. Provide work conditions that facilitate research activity amongst faculty members.
  6. Implement strategies to support the development of research initiatives and research training amongst faculty members.
  7. Continue developing projects and activities aimed at strengthening undergraduate research.
  8. Strengthen research capacity in post-graduate offers.
  9. Implement and document proceedings according to the integrity and compliance provisions of research.
  10. Facilitate the support of the administration, aligned with the peculiarities of research activities and their products.
  11. Establish a system to identify needs, allowing for the maintenance and improvement of facilities and equipment used for research, creative works, and innovation.

Themed areas

UAGM defined five themed areas covering the different research projects and activities, creative works, and innovation.
scientist
UAGM defined five themed areas covering the different research projects and activities, creative works, and innovation.

UAGM defined five themed areas covering the different research projects and activities, creative works, and innovation being developed by members of our university community, especially our faculty and students. Identifying and defining these themed areas is part of the implementation process of our Strategic Development Guidelines for the academic years 2021-22 to 2023-24. Here are the five themed areas:

The “reality” of Puerto Rico’s society

Studies about Puerto Rico’s society from critical perspectives that consider complexity and intersectionality from varied multidisciplinary angles. Includes issues such as: democratic theory and praxis, the history of relations with the USA and the international community in its multiple manifestations, as well as studies in culture, race, gender, and equality, among others.

Human development and its dimensions 

Factors that influence human development, including improving the quality of life and wellbeing of society and individuals through access to and participation in education, health services, human and psychological services, the administration of justice, social communication media, living in harmony with the environment, with urban spaces and other beings.

Human beings and their natural environment

Studies and multidisciplinary applications stemming from environmental, biological, biomedical, and geophysical sciences, among others, aiming to analyze and understand the implications of the interaction of humans with their milieu or natural environment, including animals.

Entrepreneurial ecosystem

Integral studies of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the analysis of internal and external factors that affect the development, performance, and results of entrepreneurial activities, as well as the creation of new businesses in traditional and emerging sectors.

Energy and clean technology

Study and develop scientific and technological advances in renewable energy generation, energy storage, sustainable transportation, use of water resources, improving energy efficiency for industrial and domestic applications, or any other technology that reduces environmental impacts.

External resources

We support the development of competitive proposals and the proactive management of research projects, faculty training, alternative help for students and other types of grants.
student looking at board
We support the development of competitive proposals and the proactive management of research projects, faculty training, alternative help for students and other types of grants.

The Office of External Resources is part of the Associate Vice Presidency of Research, External Resources and Compliance. Our office supports the development of competitive proposals and the proactive management of research projects, faculty training, alternative help for our students, and other types of grants. We offer project management and support to UAGM faculty and administrators during the pre-award and post-award phases - from identifying resources, to the closing processes of projects. 

One of our essential functions is developing execution and progress metrics regarding the project’s objectives, thus ensuring the programmatic and fiscal compliance with the agency providing the grant. 


Contacts:

Integrity and compliance

Snow
Our office monitors and regulates the participation of human beings, the use of live or dead animals, and the handling of chemical substances or hazardous materials and recombinant DNA in research.  


The purpose of the Office of Integrity and Compliance is to guide the processes that ensure compliance with the Federal, state, and local guidelines that regulate research and related activities conducted by faculty or students. This includes academic research carried out at UAGM campuses, thus helping our students develop their research skills.

As part of our tasks, UAGM has established three regulatory committees to provide our research community (faculty and students) the tools they need to ensure that all research projects comply with Federal and state guidelines, as well as with established institutional policies and procedures. These committees are the Investigation Resources Board (IRB), the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). The committees are composed of members that represent most of the academic disciplines in UAGM’s campuses and members of the community, as established by law.

Contacts: