To all KAUST Faculty:
KAUST Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is pleased to announce the 2018
competition for its internal competitive research funding program, the
Competitive Research Grants (CRG) program.
The CRG program, managed by the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), is KAUST
internal competitive research program for curiosity and goal-driven scientific
research. Research funded under the CRG program is expected to lead to major
discoveries and innovations at the frontiers of science and technology.
Proposals transcending different disciplines and fields are strongly welcome.
CRG research activities are expected to contribute towards the recruitment of
excellent graduate students to KAUST as well as the participation of women in
research. The participation of world-class external co-investigators is also
allowed, but it must be demonstrated that these collaborator(s) can provide
unique and essential expertise and resources to the project.
Two types of Proposals will be
considered in the CRG program:
Proposals for very early stage small-scale, short-term, high risk-high
impact research projects, involving radically different approaches or
applying new expertise. Proposals MUST focus on new topics and not
be a continuation of existing work. The Exploratory Award Term is up to a
maximum of 24 months with a maximum Award Budget of $400,000.
Proposals: Proposals for high-quality, novel, ambitious and innovative
research projects. The Award Term can be up to a maximum of 36 months with
a total Award Budget not to exceed $1,050,000. However, a
3-Yr total budget of up to $1,500,000 will be considered in
exceptional cases (e.g., project involving a multi-disciplinary team of
KAUST investigators), but only with prior approval from OSR (to be
requested by the PI through the Letter of Intent).
Key Call Dates
Letter of Intent (LoI) submission to Research Services
(RS) by 5:00 p.m. KSA time Thursday, March 29, 2018
Town hall meeting: Sunday, March 18, 2018,
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Auditorium 0215 between buildings 4&5
Online Proposal Submission to RS by 5:00 p.m. KSA time Monday,
May 21, 2018
Anticipated Funding Decision Notification Date:
Award Start Date: April 1, 2019
Submission of proposals is via the
CRF online submission portal, the Proposal to Award Lifecycle Management
No registration is required to use PALMS, your KAUST
username and password will give you access.
The system is accessed using the network; no additional
software needs to be installed.
You can access the system online from any location
worldwide through the KAUST VPN
see the PALMS
User Guide for more detailed information.
All call documents can be downloaded from the PALMS
portal by clicking the ‘Download Call Documents’ button located at the very top
of the web page once logged in.
Please direct all questions related to Proposal
preparation and Proposal budget development and submission to the Research
Services Pre-Award Team at OSR.PreAward@kaust.edu.sa.
CRF encourages your active participation and wishes you the best in this competition.