Polytechnic as a Vocational Higher Education is under pressure to increase quality of research in order to fulfill industrial and societal demand, as well as to strengthen the quality of its teaching and learning activities. The setting in which research grants and contracts are offered to the research proponents through proposal completion and bidding process is very selective and competitive in nature. Therefore, managing a research is no longer an individual’s obligation; rather, it has become more of an institution’s responsibility. This study was designed to explore the current research management process in Bandung State Polytechnic (POLBAN) in Indonesia. The focus of the research is to answer the question: what are the factors that support good research management in vocational higher education and what are the barriers, especially focusing on the current situation in Indonesia.