Research Sector releases third edition of the manual of Research Support Rules & Regulations, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 October 2013 04:37

e-manual released on RS website for instant access to latest regulations governing KU’s grant awards

         

Grounded in RS principles, policy and objectives, the manual offers far wider choices and benefits to faculties for advanced and innovative research, setting a new benchmark for high quality research

 

The Research Sector’s consistent efforts towards extensive updating and reformation of the manual of Research Support Rules & Regulations, 2013, matured into a comprehensive third edition, providing first-hand information on Kuwait University’s grant support system, in line with the changing scientific climate and institutional developmental needs. Prepared in a bilingual Arabic/English format, with an expanded scope and substance, the latest manual provides an exhaustive overview of the fundamentals of research support system, specifying key rules and regulations governing the allocation of grants, awarded under distinct types of research support categories. To facilitate researchers reference needs, both print and electronic versions of the manual have been generated, adding a significant new dimension in faculty research, with the inclusion of new chapters, clauses and bye-laws, governing the entire ramifications of the principle of grant awards at Kuwait University, while offering researchers a simplified and flexible procedural framework, including opportunities for incentives and awards. The e-manual has already been released, and accessible on RS website (http://www.ovpr.kuniv.edu/rr/RSYRL_EN.htm), providing an interactive electronic interface to the faculty research community, for online access to the legislative and descriptive guidelines, explicitly defining each aspect of the research support mechanism, inclusive of new refinements, additions and updates.

 

In all, 15 chapters and 77 articles condense the entire universe of the grants support system at KU, with several significant new inclusions. These include a new chapter on Research Chair and Postdoctoral Fellowship (Chapter 9, articles 32 – 43), outlining two purely research centered positions, with new legislative clauses, conditions and requirements. Another chapter on Research Units or Laboratories (Chapter 15, articles 71-77) has also been added, offering faculties the provision of developing their indigenous infrastructural capacity and capabilities for advanced and innovative research. In the sphere of service-related matters, new clauses have been added for faculties to have the advantage of consultative and statistical services (article 16) for their project-related needs, and privilege of research facilities reward (article 17), with allocated amount tied to a project’s duration. Doors have also been opened for the hiring of Kuwaitis as “Researchers’ and “senior Researchers” (article 25) on research projects, while Research Project Incentive Rewards (article 70) offers an additional financial rewards stimulus to KU researchers on successful completion of funded research projects.

 

The fundamental basis of the manual remains grounded in RS principles, policy and objectives, offering far wider choices and benefits to faculties for advanced and innovative research, developing their research strengths, and creating an enhanced culture and climate for creative excellence, driven towards high quality research of international credibility. The manual sets standards, and defines criteria, conditions and requirements of grant support, creating a receptive and flexible system of governance in rendering grant support. The financial elements have also been redefined, with new funding-levels offering raised budgetary allocations for small, medium and large-scale projects, while new fiscal parameters have been set for mission participation, based on country-wise groupings, and purchase procedures, manpower hiring, petty cash settlement have been simplified. The core objective, however, is to strengthen institutional scientific foundations, develop faculties creative potential, and encourage innovative research through well defined, original and scientifically sound proposals in basic and applied sciences, and in arts and humanities, for redressing scientific complexities, and finding practical solutions.

 

This purpose underlines the current dynamics of institutional research, with RS encouraging and driving faculties to the domain of funded research activity, through a series of stimulants and measures as rewards and incentives that profess pursuit of high quality research, through proposals that could serve the needs of society, and advance knowledge. A congenial climate is also being created through advanced infrastructural assets, placing world-class facilities at the disposal of researchers, for high quality, distinguished research of significant scientific impact.

 

For researchers information, the e-manual, organized by specific chapters and articles, allows instant access to any clause or relevant regulation, through simple clicking, keeping the users’ community updated and informed about current regulations governing the grant awards. Meant as an essential electronic reference guide, facilitating preparation, submission and implementation of research projects, the e-manual is posted on RS website, ideally providing an authentic and reliable guide on current procedures, rules and regulations, governing the RS grant support system. In releasing the manual’s third edition, RS thrust is on attracting faculties to the domain of funded research, and sustaining elevated quality standards in KU research, through the privilege of incentive rewards, driving researchers towards creative and distinguished research outputs, both from funded or unfunded research, published in top ranking journals of international repute and impact, with JCR index being the universal marker of high quality research. RS thrust would remain on this ambitious goal, setting the benchmark for high quality research at KU, with the manual outlining explicit requirements for attaining distinguished, internationally credible outputs.

 

All inclusive, Research Support Rules & Regulations, 2013, is an explicit, robust and reliable users-guide, providing first-hand information on the mechanism and modalities of grant awards at KU. Intended as a handy reference, the manual aims at facilitating faculties in developing their research proposals in compliance to KU’s currently valid and applicable policy and regulations, guiding researchers to wade through the critical phases of project submission, approval, implementation, reporting and publications stages, with essential information at their disposal for implementing and accomplishing their research goals. In releasing the manual’s 2013 edition, it is RS ardent hope that the faculties draw maximum benefit from the available resources in achieving their research interests and objectives, through internationally credible outputs, the goal that KU is aspiring to achieve.

 

Rules & Regulations (Third Edition), 2013

 

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