According to the 2015 Statute, the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) as aInstitute of Technology has a vision to become a university with an international reputation in science, technology, and art. While the goal of ITS is to make a real contribution in the development of science, technology, and art for the welfare of society, especially through the activities of education, research, and community service. As aellaboration of the vision and mission, the 2015-2020 ITS Strategic Plan announced that ITS would become an internationally reputable research university in 2017. There is no standard definition for a research university, but some characteristics that characterize it include: the availability of strategic plans and research road maps superior universities are supported by research road maps at the laboratory level and research groups, the creation of a conducive atmosphere for research, the availability of facilities and funds for research, the majority of lecturers actively conduct scientific research and publications, the majority of departments have master egree programs that support research programs, and significant research whch impacts on society and the advancement of science and technology. The Research Strategic Plan of ITS is aimed to explain the strategies to develop research activities at ITS within the next 5 to 10 years.