Research Sector

The Research Sector (RS) is an integral component of the Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR). Established in 1979, RS is mandated to promote, support and sustain the development of scientific research, a key pillar of Kuwait University’s (KU) vision alongside academics, for advancing institutional research towards global dimensions, through quality, competence and excellence in faculty research. The fundamental basis for developing a system that renders support, facilities and environment for advanced and innovative research is inherent in this overriding purpose, encouraging faculties to pursue high quality basic, applied and humanities research that yields new knowledge and leads to discovery.


The essence of RS policies, principles and programs revolve around the realization of this mission by engaging faculties in creative, empirical, investigative, experimental and collaborative studies for addressing scientific complexities and contemporary challenges within the framework of grant support rules and regulations, generating outputs of potential significance and impact for national needs and priorities, and holding strategic scientific, social and economic value. RS current strategy is driven towards creating a vibrant scientific culture at KU that nurtures the values of quality, integrity and excellence in institutional research, and leads to distinguished, internationally credible outputs. Embedded in this strategy are the dynamics of RS mission, geared to advancing institutional potentials, calibre, and capabilities towards excellence, a mission committed to scientific advancement and realization of institutional global aspirations.


Conference Selection Guidelines

To help Kuwait University Researchers in selecting scientifically sound conferences. These guidelines should be followed to maximize the benefit from attending a conference.




1.Forms for Research Support

Dear Faculty Members,

The Research Sector (RS) kindly draws the attention of all researchers in your esteemed faculty to use the RS FORMS for submitting their research support requisitions. The Forms must be typed (not hand –written), printed in color, and approved by the concerned Head of the Department, as well as endorsed by the Vice Dean for Research. Submission of the required forms in this manner will facilitate processing procedures, and expedite transactions.

Please note, henceforth, the Research Sector will not process any handwritten forms starting from 01-11-2017.

2. Circular on Expenditure Settlement and Petty Cash Requests

Your kind attention is drawn to the Ministry of Finance Circular, specifying the dates for annual closing of accounts for the fiscal year 2017/2018 for the government sector. Accordingly, researchers are required to initiate the process of settling their research expenditure prior to the closing date. Please note, the last date for such financial settlements for the fiscal year 2017/2018, is March 31, 2018.

Researchers are kindly requested to adhere to the deadlines, which requires submission of requests for Petty Cash before December 14, 2017, and settling the expenditures before January 31, 2018 . Kindly be informed that any unspent amount, not settled by the deadline, is liable to automatic deduction from the researcher’s salary of February/March 2018.


Guide to Subject Area, 2017

RS Releases Guide to Subject Areas 2017


Funding opportunities for collaborative research with Kuwait-MIT Center

The Kuwait-MIT Center for Natural Resources and the Environment (CNRE) invites you to submit collaborative funding proposals in the areas of:

· Water
· Engineered Surfaces for Management of Dust and Corrosion in Structures more...


Coding for RS Storage System in Oracle

Unifying names of Chemicals, Glasses and Consumables

The special coding to be used in RS Storage System. The system is aimed at facilitating researchers in using the special codes in their purchase orders:


Chemicals & Reagents starting from 65051000001
Glassware starting from 66301000001
Consumables starting from 66951000001


CD for Chemicals/Supplies List with Codes


University Council approves continuity of research rewards for ‘high impact’ funded and unfunded published research more...


Accessing Refereed Journals & Ascertaining Impact Factor more...


RS announces the Implementation of Postdoctoral Fellowship Program



RS establishes of Research Chair program at KU



Priority Research Areas

RS implements the new areas of priority research

1. Renewable and Alternative Energy Resources.
2. Water Resources, Management and Technology.
3. Enhanced Oil Recovery and Heavy Oil Exploration and Production.
4. Impact of Environmental Pollution in Kuwait (Including Health Impacts).
5. Causes, Risk Factors and Bio-Predictors of Cardiovascular Diseases.
6. Diabetes and Cancer.
7. Contemporary Social Phenomena in the Kuwaiti Society.
8. Transportation Problems and Solutions.
9. Food and Water Security.
10. National Information Security and E-Government.
11. Citizenship and National Unity.
12. Education Curricula and its Outputs.
13. The Strategy of Kuwait’s Transformation to a Financial and Commercial Center.
14. Participation of Private Sector in Developmental Programs.
15. Islamic and Arabic Literature.


RS News

Vice President for Research receives visiting delegation from IMEC


Research Sector receives a visiting delegation from Cranfield University, UK


OVPR’s executive team visits faculty of Science for an interactive session with the researchers in an atmosphere of cordiality, scientific openness and exchange of views


RS announces winners of Scientific Posters Day events for Humanities & Sciences faculties, academic year 2015/16


Research Rewards Winners