Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary Research

Physical facilities to support interdisciplinary research at IPB University include laboratories, the main library, and incubator and innovation hubs.

Our facilities that support interdisciplinary research include: 

1. Laboratories

IPB University has various laboratories that support interdisciplinary research. 

These laboratories provide shared laboratory space, equipment/instruments, meeting rooms, and office space to support collaborative research projects.

2. Field Laboratories

IPB University has various field laboratories that support interdisciplinary research, including for large scale field experiments and living field laboratories:

3. Library 


IPB University has a main library that provides access to various scientific literature, databases, and research resources across multiple disciplines. For more information, please click here.

4. Science and Technopark (STP)

IPB University has incubator and innovation hubs where interdisciplinary research teams can incubate new ideas, develop prototypes, launch startup ventures, and promote their research product. For more information, please click here.

IPB University is highly committed to enhance interdisciplinary research, as stated in the Academic Senate Regulation No 36/IT3.SA/P/2020 and Academic Senate Regulation No 10/SA-IPB/P/2016.

IPB university provides administrative support for interdisciplinary research teams among science disciplines, through two schemes. First, the Institute of Research and Community Development (LPPM) IPB university was responsible for supporting administrative issues of interdisciplinary research, mainly for national collaborations led by faculties/departments and research centers. Due to the change in the organizational structure in early 2023, this institute has been transformed into Directorates of Research and Innovation under the coordination of the Vice Rector for Research and Innovation. LPPM or DRI plays the same role in supporting the administrative issues, including guidance on funding opportunities, helps researchers navigate administrative processes, and facilitates collaboration across departments and disciplines. 

Second, for international research collaboration under a consortia, the Directorate of International Program provides support for administrative and financial issues. This directorate has been transformed into the Directorate of Global Connectivity. From October  2023, IPB also established 5 International Research Institutes (IRI) in which one of its mandates is to coordinate international research collaborations involving several research centers, including:

  • International Research Institute for Maritime, Ocean and Fisheries
  • International Research Institute for Advanced Technology
  • International Research Institute for Environment and Climate Change
  • International Research Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health
  • International Research Institute for Social, Economics and Regional Studies

Administrative support for interdisciplinary research includes:

1. Project Management

IPB Universities provides project management support, including project managers, administrators, and analysts, for interdisciplinary research teams to help coordinate activities, set timelines, and monitor progress toward project goals. Special for research funded by Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education Agency (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan/LPDP),  a staff of the Directorate of Research and Innovation (DRI) is assigned as an analyst.

The Center for Transdisciplinary and Sustainability Science (CTSS) is one of IPB’s research centers mandated to facilitate interdisciplinary research. CTSS was created on January 2018 by IPB Rector’s Decree No 32/IT3/OT/2018. CTSS provides management support regarding transdisciplinary research activities related to sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, renewable energy, reduction of GHG emissions, management of waters and small islands, and traditional wisdom on sustainable natural resource management.

Furthermore, at IPB University there is an application called the Research and Community Service Information System (SIPPM)  to help researchers fill in information related to research and community service.

2. Grant Proposal Socialization and Assistance

a. Socialization on Research Grant

b. Pojok Konsultasi Online (POKKI)

POKKI is a grant proposal assistance provided by the Directorate of Research and Innovation (DRI) IPB Universities to interdisciplinary research teams in preparing and submitting grant proposals. This could include providing templates, guidelines, and resources for proposal development, as well as offering feedback and editing support to ensure proposals meet funding agency requirements.

3. Ethic Committees

IPB University has ethic committees that reviews research involving human subjects, animals, or other sensitive areas. Administrative support is provided to help interdisciplinary research teams navigate the ethics approval process and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. 

Ethic committees at IPB University:

  •  Human Ethic Committee. For more information, please click here.
  •  Animal Ethics Committee. For more information, please click here.
4. Publication Services

For more information regarding publication services, please contact the Directorate of Strategy and Academic Reputation Studies.

Workshops to support publication in 2022:

5. Research Groups

Research group encourage interdisciplinary research involving researchers from various disciplines. One of research group in IPB that focuses on advanced technology called Blockchain, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence Network (BRAIN).

IPB University has a promotion system specifically dedicated to recognizing interdisciplinary research among science disciplines. 

1. Research Consortium

IPB University promotes collaborative research nationally and internationally through research consortiums.

  1. National :
    • The guideline for Indonesian Collaborative Research Program can be accessed here. 
  2. International :
    • International Research Consortiums. For more information, please click here.

Ongoing interdisciplinary research conducted by IPB University with international research consortiums:

2. Journals

Various journals managed by IPB University supports interdisciplinary research. For more information please click here.

3. Conferences and Seminars

IPB University commits to promote interdisciplinary research with the aim of fostering collaboration and innovation in various scientific fields by organizing national and international conferences and seminars. By bringing together researchers from different disciplines, participants and organizers have the opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and explore potential interdisciplinary research projects. Conferences and seminars serve as platforms for researchers to showcase their latest findings and innovations. This could involve presentations, poster sessions, or panel discussions. Publication of proceedings or papers allows researchers to disseminate their work to a wider audience and contributes to the knowledge in interdisciplinary science.

Conferences and international seminars held by IPB University:

4. IPB Innovation and Exhibition

Innovations as product of interdisciplinary research are promoted in the website of IPB University. For more information, please click here. IPB innovations are also promoted in various exhibitions.

IPB University participated in the following exhibitions:

IPB innovations are also exhibited in various exhibitions.

Expo held by IPB University:



5. Incentive

IPB University offers grant support for publication and give incentive for citation to academic staff that publish their research in journals that span multiple disciplines as evidence of interdisciplinary research productivity.

6. Recognition and Awards

Interdisciplinary research achievements are recognized through IPB award.

Categories in IPB Award 2022 related to research and innovation are :

  1. Unit with the Best Research Productivity (national competitive and decentralization research)
  2. Unit with the Most Research Partners
  3. Best Innovation Partner
  4.  Lecturers with the best publication performance
  5. Best Inventor
  6. Best Innovator

IPB Award 2022 

IPB Award 2023 

7. Research Groups

Research group encourage interdisciplinary research involving researchers from various disciplines. One of research group in IPB that focuses on advanced technology called Blockchain, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence Network (BRAIN).

At IPB University, measures of interdisciplinary research success encompass several key areas :

1. Publication Impact and Sustainable Research Collaboration

IPB University tracks the quality and quantity of publications resulting from interdisciplinary research collaborations. This includes publications in interdisciplinary journals and citations. This analysis is performed by the Directorate of Strategy and Academic Reputation Studies . We used data provided by Scival Elsevier and SINTA – the national platform for data analytics of interdisciplinary research. We also assess the sustainability of research collaborations and its distribution based on the regions or countries indicated by the International Research Network (IRN) Index as shown at our national platform. 

2. The Number Grants for Research Collaboration 

IPB provides and manages a few research schemes that encourage interdisciplinary work among researchers including: National and International Research Collaboration Scheme, and Institutional Collaborative Research. These schemes prioritize interdisciplinary research that do not only involve IPB researchers, but also researchers from other institutions. This program is managed by the Directorate of Research and Innovation. The performance of this program is measured annually based on the number of research grants as well as the number of publications and citations resulting from those research.

3. Monitoring and Evaluation of interdisciplinary research

The evaluation includes tracking collaborations across departments, institutions, and sectors.

  1. University funded research: Research reports must be submitted to IPB University. This included the following research schemes: Young lecturer research grant, and Indonesia Research Collaboration. For more information, please click here. 
  2. External funded research: Monitoring and evaluation is held by certified reviewers who are experts in their field. 
4. Innovation and Technology Transfer

The Science and Technology Park and the Directorate of Research and Innovation IPB University analyzes which interdisciplinary research leads to innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization opportunities. This could include patents and licenses.

5. Societal Impact

Assessing the wider societal impact of interdisciplinary research involves evaluating its contributions beyond academia, particularly in shaping public policy and informing decision-making processes. IPB University gathers data on policy briefs authored by its academic faculty, including those related to interdisciplinary science research. Some of the works have been published at Publikasi Policy Brief. For more information, please click here.