The Competitive Research Grants (CRG)
CRG program is KAUST's internal competitive research funding program
for novel, curiosity-driven scientific research of the highest quality.
Research funded under the CRG program is expected to lead to advances,
if not transformations, in the frontiers of knowledge. Proposals
crossing boundaries between different disciplines and fields are strongly encouraged.
Additionally, a key objective of KAUST-funded internal
competitive research programs is to catalyze a world-class collaborative
ecosystem both in the Kingdom and worldwide. Hence, the inclusion of
leading external academic and industrial collaborators, providing key
expertise and significant leveraging of resources to the project, is
expected and will receive special attention during the review. In
addition, the inclusion of initiatives and goals in proposals for
recruiting graduate students and enhancing the participation of women is
Two types of Proposals will be considered in the CRG program:
Exploratory Proposals: Proposals for very early stage
small-scale, short-term, high-risk research projects, involving
radically different approaches or applying new expertise. The Award Term
is up to a maximum of 24 months.
Full Proposals: Proposals
for high-quality, novel, ambitious and innovative research projects. The
Award Term can be up to a maximum of 36 months.