As a requirement for being a globally recognized research university, ISTU has prioritized a focus on research in its Strategic Plan. The university has established a structure that promotes collaboration, cooperation, and high motivation among its faculty members, students, and all relevant staff to support the research process and enhance resource development opportunities.

ISTU aims to establish support mechanisms for increasing the competence of researchers and improving the research technical infrastructure, which includes support personnel. Supporting applied research conducted to develop technology, create innovations, and generate value for industry and society is also among its strategic goals.

The university encourages research that addresses regional and global significant and challenging issues using a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach. The foundation of the university's policies is to strengthen its research capabilities. It carries out numerous policies based on large-scale and interinstitutional collaboration. Converting these policies into national and international benefits is of great importance. The university is actively working towards ensuring that the results of these policies can be translated into economic value.

Academic Research Strategies:
• Increasing the number of scientific publications and citations.
• Enhancing the number of research publications supported by projects.
• Elevating the involvement in advisory roles or editorial positions in scientific journals.
• Ensuring that each faculty member actively participates in publishing.
• Expanding the doctoral student enrollment to foster research activities.
• Encouraging the production of research work with publication potential in thesis projects.
• Boosting the number of applications for international projects.
• Improving the quality and quantity of research and publications.
• Conducting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research.
• Promoting research through Scientific Research Projects (BAP) support.
• Increasing participation in national and international research support funds and programs.
• Developing a skilled workforce to elevate scientific production to global standards and ensuring the continuity of this human resource.
• Establishing and maintaining healthy and long-lasting collaboration with the business sector and the national industry.
• Expanding national and international collaborations.
• Becoming a member of national and international scientific organizations and playing a significant role in their research and development activities.

Academic Research Policies:
• Making scientific contributions within the framework of universally recognized criteria set by reputable national and international ranking organizations, aiming to increase visibility and credibility.
• Developing a strategic roadmap and conducting research in alignment with this plan, with the goal of increasing not only research recognition but also the production and dissemination of knowledge.
• Establishing a structure that provides significant advantages for both the university and industry to facilitate more effective collaboration within the scope of university-industry cooperation.
• Supporting original and competitive research activities in the fields of medical and health sciences, natural and engineering sciences, social and humanities sciences, culture, and arts.
• Declaring research priorities, objectives, and goals, monitoring research and development processes based on performance indicators, and taking necessary measures to achieve those goals.
• Ensuring that researchers can carry out their work safely while promoting universal ethical values, academic freedom, and diverse approaches in line with institutional autonomy.
• Producing scientific outputs with the potential to transform into innovative and high-value-added products by supporting researchers from different disciplines in working together with an interdisciplinary perspective, along with a strong research infrastructure and competent staff.
• Developing systems that encourage the utilization of national and international research fund resources and facilitate international collaboration.
• Promoting the use of infrastructure, budget, and human resources for research and development activities aimed at our country's local, regional, and national development goals, scientific, social, and cultural priorities.
• Being the one to determine and implement strategies for producing scientific outputs with high societal impact at a global level.
• Developing collaboration and knowledge-technology transfer systems for external stakeholders to benefit from research infrastructure and capabilities.
• Contributing to the training of highly qualified researchers through undergraduate and graduate education programs and using research and development outputs and activities at all levels of education.
• Promoting awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation processes and making them widespread.

Academic Research Resources:
• Establishing a social network for scientists and researchers.
• Enabling researchers to create profiles, share their work, and build networks.
• Creating a platform for researcher collaboration and discussion.
• Providing citation trackers, reputation scores, and analyses to assist academics in managing their research.
• Creating job boards and career resources for researchers.
• Allowing field researchers to ask and answer questions.
• Offering a news feed about the latest research.
• Enabling researchers to promote their work and gain academic recognition.
• Providing both free and premium memberships for relevant parties.