Call for Proposals: Competitive Research Grant (CRG) Program


KAUST Office of Competitive Research Funds (OCRF) is pleased to announce the Round 4 competition for its internal competitive research funding program, the Competitive Research Grant (CRG) 

The CRG program, funded by the University Research Fund (URF), 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 highly encouraged. 

Two types of Proposals will be considered in the CRG program:

A.      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 with a maximum Award Budget of USD$ 350,000. KAUST PIs who have not received any financial support from OCRF previously are encouraged to use this funding vehicle to initiate new research projects.

B.      Full 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 maximum Award Budget of $1,500,000.

Letter of Intent (LoI) submission deadline to ORS

Email to ORS by April 15, 2015

Online Proposal Submission Deadline to ORS

May 14, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. KSA time

Anticipated Funding Decision Notification Date:

Early Oct, 2015

Award Start Date:

April 1, 2016


Submission of proposals is via the OCRF online submission system, the Proposal to Award Lifecycle Management System: PALMS


·         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.


Please see the PALMS User Guide for more detailed information.

The CRG Program Round 4 competition documents can be downloaded here​​.

CRG Round 4 Information Session 31March 2015 Slides


Please direct all questions related to Proposal preparation and Proposal budget development and submission to: Office of Research Services (ORS) Pre-Award Team.


OCRF encourages your active participation and wishes you the best in this competition.