The Centre for Applied Sciences and Technology Research (CASTER) has the mandate to coordinate, monitor, domesticate and document all R&D activities of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, in addition to carrying out its own direct cutting edge research projects. The Centre does these bearing in mind at all times that innovative researches raise the University profile, enhance internally generated revenue and produce patentable results that promote human development indices, boost national economic growth and upscale positive social-political transformations.

As at 2018, the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University through the Centre, has completed several R&D projects while several others are ongoing and several others are still being proposed and conceptualized. Funding for the research activities comes from several external sources with funding from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund) and Raw Materials Research and Development Council constituting hugely significant components.