International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research is an annual event which has been jointly organised by the School of Distance Education (SDE), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Pulau Pinang with Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara (UISU), Medan, Indonesia and Universitas Syiah Kuala (UNSYIAH), Banda Aceh, Indonesia since 2012. Starting from iCMR 2015, Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS), Makasar, Indonesia will become the new member of iCMR family. They have agreed to be the next host of iCMR in 2016.

The main objective of this conference is to provide a platform for researchers to share research results in various fields. By doing so, it aims to improve the culture of research and collaboration among scholars and researchers both regionally and internationally. International Conference on Multidisciplinary Research (iCMR) will be a platform for academician to share their findings and provide insights to explore current discoveries and technologies. Sharing of research findings can be channeled into discoveries for improving the quality of life.

The dynamic research ecosystem at USM has enabled it to be crowned as the "Research University” among five other universities in Malaysia and conferred the APEX (Accelerated Programme for Excellence) status. The culture and research ecosystem that has been built by USM have successfully inculcated and created groups and clusters of research. Therefore, in order to perpetuate this culture and research ecosystem, this conference would become the platform for intellects to share their research output in various disciplines of knowledge as well as to generate and summarize various ideas which would then be applied accordingly to increase the quality of human life.