Organized and staffed in 1983, practically five years after the creation of the University in 1978, the research division endeavored to develop the research interest of the faculty and staff through a series of seminars conducted in cooperation with NEDA, DECS(then MECS), DOST (then NSTA) and some local private universities and colleges in Region Xl. Consequently, the division put-up a research journal called the Fruit Bowl obviously stressing its hope to stimulate efforts in agricultural research and technologies. In the span of 10 years, most of the contributions submitted for publication in the “Fruit Bowl” were micro-researches in farming systems and socio-economics, particularly on small production which were usually in cooperation with a national research coordinating institution. Some were abstracts of faculty theses and dissertations focused mostly on education.
In 1994, a new journal superseded the Fruit Bowl and entitled the Southeastern Philippines Journal of Research and Development with ISSN 0117-6293. It comes out bi-annually and covers broad issues and perspectives on development.
From 1993 to the present, linkages and networking with other research institutions and funding agencies were widened resulting to the participation of the University in the;
FAO – UNDP – PCARRD – SMARRDEC – RACO Development Support Communication Project for technology transfer in rural communities in Region Xl,
DENR – NRMP – DAI – RACO Xl study on a Benchmark Survey of the KAP on ecological concerns of Upland communities in Region Xl,
PNOC – ADDU project on cultural adaptation and change
PHILRICE – GPEP project
NAPHIRE (Now Bureau of Postharvest R & E postharvest project
Davao Gulf Integrated R & D,
PCHRD – CERDH research project on indigenous women’s reproductive health beliefs, attitudes and practices
DA – RFU XI Comprehensive R & D,
DOST on Agri-industrial research and training program;
DA – BAR on research demonstration and technology dissemination on livestock and poultry;
LBP – DOST – DNSC – DOSCST – SPAMAST – USeP on Technology Innovation, Promotion and Commercialization Program (TIPCP);
DA – RFU XI and USeP on Comprehensive Irrigation Research and Development Umbrella Program (CIRDUP);
USeP, Provincial Agriculturist Office of Davao del Norte and the Local Government Units of Sto. Tomas, Panabo, Dujali, New Corella, Carmen, Kapalong and Tagum City on the implementation of agricultural research particularly on grains and high-valued commercial crops among others.