Using international standards and best practices, Competitive Research Funds initiates the design of KAUST's internal competitive funding programs, issue calls for proposals, oversee the merit review process with the selection of external subject matter experts to serve as mail and panel reviewers, and establish pre-award procedures and processes, including merit peer review guidelines, criteria and systems.

KAUST offers multiple funding opportunities to support curiosity- and goal-driven research from ideas to impact:

  • Center Competitive Funding (CCF) Program

  • Science and Engineering Engagement and Development Funds (SEED) Funds

  • The Competitive Research Grants (CRG) program​

  • The Support for Conferences and Workshops (CS) program