EDB has launched a comprehensive Industrial Research Program (IRP) with the collaboration of Academia to promote R&D activities in the industry by engaging R&D potential existing with the local universities. The Program aims to address Industry’s technical issues pertaining to product design/development, production processes and to foster much-needed innovation in the industry to enhance competitiveness of the industrial sector.

Under IRP, Industry entrepreneurs on individual or collective basis indicate their technical problems/areas where research is required. The problem is shared with researchers/ scholars of various universities for designing /developing indigenous solution. The case is finally allotted to the Research team on competitive basis. Higher Education Commission has shown its willingness to fund these research projects to certain extent but no formal agreement has yet been signed.

EDB has taken on board a team of 992 Professors, Scientists, Technologists, Researchers (Ph.D and M. Phil) from 23 engineering universities in 308 fields to address the product and production problems. These fields cover almost all products related to engineering, applied physics and applied chemistry.

In response to IRP, Industry across the country ranging from electronics, electrical, HVAC, castings/forgings, fabrications, chemicals, steel, renewable energy etc. has started sharing industrial technical problems, which are being discussed with concerned researchers of various universities.