The ICFRE has laid down the methodology for setting the research priorities for its Institutes vide its publication No. 54 (ICFRE BL - 3 of 1998 – 99), issued in March 1998. It has been suggested that institute level workshops should be organized for deciding discipline wise research priorities for each ICFRE Institute with due consideration to the state level priorities and State Forestry Research Plans. The above policy document also suggests that
(i) The necessity of basic, applied, adaptive research should be identified to tackle stake holders’ problems.
(ii) The Scientists of each discipline may try to identify goals, objectives and strategies for the respective discipline.
(iii) The discussion in the institute level workshop must lead to identification of projects to be taken by each discipline and accordingly, they should decide the research priorities of the discipline.
After the Institute level workshop and the discipline wise prioritization the Scientists will prepare the project proposal and present before the RAG.The RAG shall approve the proposal as per the priorities of the Institute. The research plan may follow the format prescribed by the ICFRE. The Institute plan shall also come out with research projects along with its general prioritization and prioritization of these projects within the discipline. Besides, the RAG is also expected to suggest short, medium and long term research plan of each discipline. The plan must make a realistic view of the capability, potentiality and preference of the researchers of the Institute.
Group Coordinator Role & Responsibilities.