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TARGETED RESEARCH PROGRAM


 

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS

A new strategic program to support research focused on specific topics that have a significant

impact at the national level in the short or medium term, and is generally aimed at

establishing links between the University and other public and private sector institutions, and

to coordinate national efforts to find solutions that are reflected in research and development

of problems and issues that directly affect the Kingdom's position or the welfare of its

citizens. It also focuses on achieving the Saudi Vision 2030 themes: A vibrant society , a

thriving economy , and an ambitious nation .

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECT

The achievement, which is based on the recognized scientific bases, is carried out by a single

member of the University with the participation of a number of faculty members;

individually, or with the help of a consultant, assistant, lecturers, teachers or students to serve

one or more of the scientific disciplines of interest to the University. It is either a theoretical

effort (research or investigation) to support the scientific accumulation in the specialized area,

or an application effort to reach results that integrate with others to enrich the field being

studied.

Accordingly, targeted research that can be funded by the University is classified as follows:

1. Theoretical Research.

2. Applied Research (including Laboratory Research and Clinical Research).

Targeted research in terms of duration and amounts spent on funding is divided into two sets:

1. Small Project: A project that--

a. A completion timeframe of no more than 12 months.

b. The maximum amount of its funding shall not exceed 60,000 SAR.

c. Previously published a scientific paper in a classified scientific journal (WOS

Core Collection or Scopus) whose findings are drawn from the research

project.

d. Papers published in WOS Emerging Source will not be accepted.

2. Medium Project: A project that--

a. A completion timeframe of no more than 12 months.

b. The maximum amount of its funding shall not exceed 120,000 SAR.

c. Previously published two scientific papers in a classified scientific journal (WOS

Core Collection or Scopus) whose findings are drawn from the research

project.

d. Papers published in WOS Emerging Source will not be accepted.

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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Overall Objective

Conduct high-quality targeted research at promoting sustainability by focusing on energy and

climate, women's empowerment, healthcare and digital technology through research

partnerships between industry and research institutions; and providing results-oriented

research, which contributes to the development of products and services that contribute to the

competitiveness of national institutions and companies and thus to the improvement of local

content.

Sub-Objectives

● Provide solutions to industry problems in Saudi Arabia.

● Provide solutions to healthcare problems in Saudi Arabia.

● Promote high-quality and effective social science research in areas of strategic

importance to the Kingdom.

● Promote and facilitate the participation of the industrial sector (public or private), in

research and development partnerships to a focused research and development efforts

to improve local content.

SCIENTIFIC FIELDS

The areas targeted in this program vary by the nature of the problem, and in general

researchers can apply to the program by examining, but not limited to, the following

subtopics:

1. COVID-19.

2. Extremism and rejecting terrorism.

3. Religious tolerance in Islam.

4. The importance of moderation.

5. Water.

6. Energy, and sustainable energy.

7. Environment.

8. Women and children's health.

9. Women's empowerment.

10. Economic leadership.

11. Agriculture and food industries.

12. Information and communication technology.

13. Artificial intelligence.

14. Defense and cybersecurity.

15. Cities of the future.

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I. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF FUNDING FOR TARGETED RESEARCH

1. The Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator) must be a faculty member at the time of

submitting the funding application, and should not have a sabbatical leave,

communication or exceptional leave throughout the project period, (if a faculty

member is a contractor, he or she must attach a proof of her stay on the job for at least

one year from the date of signing the contract).

2. The project submitted for the funding request must not have been completed before

applying for funding.

3. The project submitted for the funding request must not be derived from a book or a

scientific thesis.

4. The Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator) must sign an acknowledgment to

publish within a classified scientific journal (WOS Core Collection or Scopus) Research

published in WOS Emerging Source is not accepted during the submission of the project

funding request.

5. After the approval of the project funding, the research team may not make any drastic

modifications to the project; in particular (the type of project, topic, methodological

plan, the budget) unless approved otherwise by the Standing Committee for the

funding research projects.

6. If the time period specified for the research project expires in accordance with its

approved framework and is not completed, the Standing Committee may follow up

the funding of research projects based on their conviction of the justifications

provided by the Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator) to grant the researcher or

research team an additional period for project completion, provided that this period

shall not exceed six months and shall not result in the project's research team

receiving any new financial benefits and the extension period shall be only two times.

7. The researcher may apply to extend the research period to the Deanship of Scientific

Research at least 30 days prior to the end of the period, including the following:

a. Justify the extension request; explaining what has been done in the research

until the time of the extension request.

b. Work steps to complete the remaining part of the research during the extension

period, and this is effective only with the written consent of the Deanship of

Scientific Research.

8. If the Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator) leaves the University, and the funded

research project is not finished, he or she shall submit a report to the Deanship of

Scientific Research requesting the transfer of responsibility for the project to the

alternative researcher. After presenting the report to the Standing Committee to follow

up the funding of research projects, it recommends what it deems appropriate.

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9. In the event that the research team cannot continue to complete the basic research for

any reason, the Deanship of Scientific Research Council may, on the recommendation

of the Standing Committee to follow up the research projects, consider one of the two

following options:

a. Suspend and liquidate the research project and return the remaining funds

disbursed from its funds to the research budget of the University.

b. Completing the research project by selecting one of the participating

researchers in the project or an outsider as a Lead Researcher (Principal

Investigator) to be re-contracted to complete the research project. As a result,

the alternative researcher receives the entitlements of the Lead Researcher.

b. Completing the research project by selecting one of the participating

researchers in the project or an outsider as a Lead Researcher (Principal

Investigator) to be re-contracted to complete the research project. As a result,

the alternative researcher receives the entitlements of the Lead Researcher.

10. Submitting the final technical report of the research project does not mean the end of

the research team commitment to any obligations or requirements to be implemented

to cover the shortcomings in that report, or to complete any of the objectives to be

achieved in the research without any additional financial obligations by the Deanship

of Scientific Research.

II. TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ACCEPTANCE OF PUBLISHED PAPERS

1. The research should be published in classified journals within the WOS Core Collection

or Scopus database and have an impact factor. Research published in WOS Emerging

Source will not be accepted.

2. In the published research, reference should be made to the University and

acknowledgement for the financial support provided by Deanship of Scientific

Research, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, that including the granted

number of the published research as follows:

This research project was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research,

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, through the High Cost

Research Program, Grant No ( XX- HCRP-XXX) .

3. Commitment when publishing the research to the presence of all the names of the

project members participated in the published research published, and in the absence

of the participation of the consultant or research assistant in the publication, will be

given special acknowledgment for their assistance in the completion of the research

after the acknowledgment of the Deansh ip.

4. Research published before the date of signing the contract will not be counted as part

of the project completion.

5. All project members are required for each submitted research within the project

production.

6. Research projects that deliver acknowledgement to any external parties other than the

project funding program are not accepted by the Deanship of Scientific Research.

7. Strictly abide by the rules and ethics of scientific research.

8. The scientific research and inventions resulting from this joint research cooperation

under this contract, which are published in the future, all rights will be reserved to

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Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, with researchers taking full

scientific and legal responsibility for the content they provide to the University .

III. TARGETED RESEARCH FINANCIAL CONTROLS

1. The financial receivables for targeted research shall be disbursed in the form of two

advances; one is the signing of the contract (30%) of the total funding and the other

(70%) after the final report was approved by the Deanship of Scientific Research

Council based on the approved financial plan for the project and the submission of

research published in WOS Core Collection or Scopus, but research published in WOS

Emerging Source, on the other hand, is not accepted.

2. The Lead Researcher (Second Party) undertakes to pay all financial dues to the project

members according to the role of each member, after receiving the due financial

payments and submitting all the relevant documents according to the Scientific

Research Regulations.

3. The research team remuneration shall be paid in accordance with Article (12) of the

Unified Regulations for Scientific Research issued pursuant to the decision of the

Higher Education Council adopted by the directive telegram No. 7 B 4403 on

2/4/1419 AH.

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