The Centre for Applied Research and Technology Innovation was established in 2006, the purpose is to re-engineer the research culture of academics in the college in line with the new paradigm shift. The primary responsibility of ARTI is to promote and facilitate the performance of industry-oriented research and development activities in the college, orientate staff and students projects towards Science and Technology (S&T) based goods and services, establish and promote linkages with private and public organizations especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for the exploitation and use of Research and Development (R&D) outputs and to liaise with relevant stakeholders in the college to develop and market innovative products and services.
ARTI seeks to achieve its mandate by serving the following functions among others:
1. Research training and capacity building
2. Identification of funding opportunities
3. Intellectual Property and Commercialization of research outputs of academics
4. Establishing partnerships and linkages with organizations, especially Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
5. Co-ordination of research across schools
6. Research quality and outputs management
7. Research proposal preparation
8. Managing Institutional Research allocation and post awards research
9. Ethics oversight
10. Research awards and research publicity
The mission of the ARTI is to pursue and facilitate research findings, inventions and innovations that add value to society by collaborating with industries especially micro, small and medium enterprises, educational/research institutions and other relevant stakeholders and in compliance with intellectual property rights and the vision is to stimulate and promote research activities in the college such that research findings, inventions and innovations add value to the society.
ARTI is a Research management Office (RMO) of the Yaba College of Technology, the Centre has a key resource to powering Research & Development in the College, through the information of researchers on its databases. It has three(3) departments which are Partnerships/Linkages and Funding/grants Intellectual Property (IP)/Commercialization and Research and Development (R&D).
The responsibilities of each of the departments include;
Partnerships and Funding
The Centre determines organizations (Local and International) with desired potentials and initiates collaboration. Since inception, the college staff and students have been benefiting from the numerous partnerships of the college through ARTI. The centre is also aggressively involved with sourcing funding opportunities for academics in areas of external funding for Research proposals, bursaries for international conference/workshops fellowship studies and scholarships for higher degrees. The Partnership and funding department seek to achieve its mandate by serving the following functions.
a. Provide information on internal and external sources of funding for researchers
b. Assist the college and the staff in sourcing fund for Research and Development and Innovative activities
c. Organize training workshop on Industry and Academic Linkage and Research Fund Management
d. Monitor fund allocated to researchers, give guideline for preparing spending profiles for sponsored research.
e. Establish and manage linkages with industries and institutions within and outside the country
f. Encourage networking among other institutions and industries.
Research & Development
At the Yaba College of Technology, the strategic planning of research and its management is one of the responsibilities of ARTI. The R & D department sets out the key performance indicators for research and highlights the structures and resources that are required to be put in place by the College in order for it to achieve its objectives.
The department of Research and Development, which has the mandate for co-ordinating research across schools and facilitating the implementation of the college research agenda and policy, serves as the college link to the external world in terms of research and innovation. The department seeks to achieve its mandate by serving the following functions;
Organizes training workshops/exhibitions for researchers and students in the areas of Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation Management proposal writing and conducting research
Promotes and manages research and innovation activities in the college within ARTI priority areas.
Conducts research in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation Management, Science and Technology Policy Studies.
Intellectual Property (IP) / Commercialization
The Intellectual Property (IP)/Commercialization department of ARTI assist academic staff and students in translating their innovative research outputs into products, processes and services for public use. This is achieved by licensing such innovative research outcomes to outside organizations to further develop and market the products and services. The IP/Commercialization department further aims to be the first point of contact for outside organizations and individuals seeking skills, inventions, creative works and other resources of the Yaba College of Technology research community for commercial and other public purpose. When a college researcher discloses an invention, the department seeks intellectual property protection (copyrights and patents etc) for the research and/or creative work and then endeavours to identify commercial partners to negotiate a license and option agreements for continued development. On achieving successful commercialization, the net profits are shared as stipulated in the IP policy. The Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) was established and commissioned in 2009 by National office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) which functions under IP/Commercialization department. Other functions of the department include:
Collating research results in the college with a view to identifying patentable and commercilizable ones and processing research results for patenting and determining strategies for translating research results and technologies to the industries.
Managing Research and Development (R&D) transfer actitivies on behalf of the college.
Creating awareness among staff/students for patenting Research and Development results and inventions, and enlightening students and staff in conducting industrial research that can be easily translated into commercial ventures.