IWM undertakes two types of research: one is sponsored research, meant for devising solution to problems of national/international importance for its clients; and the other is for development of new tools and methods or for adaptation of some new technology or tools for future useful purposes, actually intended for providing better services to its Clients in the long run. The research shall encompass application of water modelling/computational hydraulics and allied sciences in the field of hydrology, hydraulics, sediment transport, river morphology, oceanography, marine science and coastal engineering; and also in the associated laboratory and field measurements along with information technology (IT), social and environmental sciences. The second type of research may be undertaken either entirely by IWM's own resources or by resources drawn from partners and associates through collaboration/sub-contracts/joint ventures.
The first kind of research for devising solution shall generally involve application of numerical modelling technique and associated data collection from primary and secondary sources, field investigation, surveys and measurements, analyses of data and information by classical approach. In doing so, IWM may use available computer software or develop new ones. This kind of research shall be fully paid by the Client with respect to all the costs including basic costs, direct costs, social and overhead costs, and fees.
The second kind of research may be sponsored by IWM itself or be collaborative with other national or international educational and scientific institutions. The fields of research may be more specific; especially the burning water related issues of present and immediate future, nationally and internationally. The topics may be wide ranged: global warming and sea level rise, water quality issues, arsenic contamination, basin water management, urban water management, morphological changes in Bangladeshi rivers, etc. The research would be done for IWM's own development to give its technology a leading edge in the major water related problems, and later help developing innovative tools including decision support systems (DSS) for future useful purposes. Funds for this kind of research may be obtained from IWM's own source or grants and donations from different national and international sources. This kind of research may also be undertaken in collaboration with its partners and associates. The cost charged for this kind of research shall not be intended for earning fees.
Research projects are well-defined projects executed in the same manner in which other clientele projects are managed and quality procedures followed, as stipulated in preceding section or as guided time to time by the Board.
The sponsored research projects are formulated in consultation or as per specifications of Clients and approved by the Clients' procedure. Collaborative research projects that are funded entirely or partially by IWM should generally be approved by the Management Committee. Any collaborative research, funded by IWM in full or part, shall follow the same procedure as for the other type of research.
Research and development activities, other than the aforesaid research projects, comprise variety of activities for generating knowledge, which are as follows:
These activities may be funded by IWM or by outside. However, these activities will be approved by the Executive Director.