The Office of the Vice-President Research, Development and Extension (OVPRDE) oversees and monitors research, development and extension programs, projects and activities of the university encompassing the USM main and other campuses. It also sets the directions of RDE based on university themes and priorities.

RDE engagements in the university are under the supervision of Office of the Vice-President Research, Development and Extension (OVPRDE) and involvement of University Research and Development Executive Council (URDEC).


Ma. Teodora N. Cabasan

Vice-President for RD&E

Deborah Psyche D. Miras


Revin A. Casten





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University of Southern Mindanao

Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Agenda (2022-2031)

RDE Themes RDE Priority Areas
1 Quality Learning, Skills Development, and Literacy Innovative teaching strategies; development and evaluation of functional education materials and modality; development of strategies/approaches for increased learning interest, motivation and engagement; school management; knowledge management; special education; remedial education; alternative learning system; assessment; soft skills; practical skills; adult education; language literacy; numerical literacy; data literacy; computer literacy; international studies; tracer studies
2 Social Development, and Strong Institutions Gender and development (GAD); peace initiatives; community development; human security; justice; public policy and legislations; social rehabilitation; governance; organizational studies; behavioral studies; social institutions; ethics and public accountability; programs/project assessment; community needs assessment and interventions; partnerships and linkages
3 Preservation of Culture Multicultural studies; educational materials for IPs; indigenous knowledge systems and practices; development of materials for cultural knowledge and promotion; arts; language and literature studies
4 Environmental Protection, Conservation, and Risk Reduction Environment rehabilitation studies; biodiversity; climate change adaptation; risk, hazard and mitigation; biosafety; natural resources conservation and management; bioremediation; flood control; waste management; ecological preservation and care; environmental impact assessment
5 Food Security and Poverty Reduction Agricultural and fisheries research; biotechnology; innovations; quality food product development; technology development; halal food production; sustainable production; responsible consumption; organic agriculture; food testing; smart agriculture; precision farming; livelihood programs; subsidy impact assessment; capacity building; capability building; farm machineries; post-harvest facilities; vertical farming; indigenous food
6 Good Health and Well-being Nutrition; sports; physical education; resilience; psycho-social health; medical and medicinal studies; sanitation; functional foods; food and water quality and safety; mental and emotional health; therapy; coping mechanism; preventive measures; emerging diseases; health management; alternative medicine
7 Innovations in Science, Engineering, and Technology Innovations; product and technology development; energy; materials science; nanotechnologies; robotics; artificial intelligence; internet of things; Science,  Engineering, Communication, and Technologies (SECT) 4.0; biotechnology and OMIC technologies; inventions and discoveries; basic research;  information technologies; electronics; drug discovery; mathematics; emerging technologies; fabrication; transport system; waste management; infrastructure; water systems; simulation studies; industrial and allied technology
8 Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Management Entrepreneurship; economics; micro and macro scale business; product development; marketing; commercialization; networking; franchising; financial management; business feasibility studies; risk and opportunities; value adding; value chain analysis; organizational management; quality service assessment; human resource management; production management