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The Funding Program for Research Projects

 Introduction to the proposed rules:
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University is keen to promote scientific research in all theoretical and practical fields. The University provides financial support, and creates stimulating research environment for faculty members, lecturers, teaching assistants and students to conduct research in their areas of interest, per the university's established rules and regulations. 
The Funding Program for Research Projects is one of the significant supporting programs offered by the University for researchers in all disciplines.

The funded research project:
An achievement that is based on recognized scientific foundations that is carried out by one or more faculty members, either individually, or in collaboration with one or more consultants, lecturers, teaching assistants and students, to serve one or more scientific disciplines which are of interest to the University. The achievement may be a theoretical work (research, investigation) which aims at contributing in the literature of the related field. Also, it may be an applied work made to obtain results to corroborate previous research to enrich the field that is being studied. 
Accordingly, University-Funded Research Projects are classified as: 
1. Theoretical Research 
2. Applied research (Including laboratory and clinical research)
The research projects are divided in terms of duration and amounts spent on funding to:
1. Small-Scale Projects: 
A. The project duration shall not exceed (12) months. 
B. The maximum allocated funds shall not exceed (25.000) SR. 
1. The minimum expected outcome of the research projects is publishing one scientific paper. (Article) in WoS indexed journals only (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4). Papers published in WoS emerging source or in journals that do not have an impact factor are not accepted.
2. Medium-Scale Projects: 
A. The project duration shall not exceed (12) months.
B. The maximum allocated funds shall not exceed (50,000) SR. 
2. The minimum expected outcome of the research projects is publishing two scientific papers (Article) in WoS indexed journals only (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4). Papers published in WoS emerging source or in journals that do not have an impact factor are not accepted.

First: Research Projects Funding Program
In this program, the PI will receive 50% of the approved budget for the project after signing the contract, and the second is 50% of the approved budget of the project after the final report is approved by the Council of the Deanship of Scientific Research in accordance with the conditions for accepting the research published in one of WoS indexed journals (Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4). Research published in WOS emerging source or in journals that do not have an impact factor is not accepted.
The researcher applies for this program to the Deanship of Scientific Research through the research center of the college the researcher affiliates to.
A. Research projects funding rules:
1.  The principal investigator shall be a faculty member at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University when applying for funding and shall not be on a sabbatical leave, scientific contact or exceptional leave during the Contract period (if the faculty member is a contractor, a proof shall be enclosed showing that the faculty member will be on duty in the University for at least one whole year starting from the date of signing the contract).
2. The principal investigator may not play the same role for more than one research project or research group throughout one year. The principal investigator may not apply for another research group before submitting the final report throughout one year. The principal investigator of the research group is allowed to be a PI for 2 research projects only throughout one year. The principal investigator is allowed to be a PI to the following; future pioneers, young researchers and funding after publication funding programs. 
3.The research team shall have at least one PNU affiliated Saudi national. 
4.The research project applied for funding shall not be completed before applying for funding.
5. The research project applied for funding shall not be based on a book or a graduate thesis.
6. The principal investigator shall sign an acknowledgment of publishing an original research paper (Article) in WoS indexed journals only (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4) when applying for funding. Papers published in WoS emerging source or in journals that do not have an impact factor are not accepted.
7.   All researchers participating in the research project has to make a pledge of the intellectual property of the project using the approved form.
8.  The principal investigator and members of the research project must obtain the approval of PNU Scientific Research Ethics Committee. DSR has the right to take action if local and international scientific research ethics are violated.
9.  After obtaining the approval of funding, the research team shall not make any major changes to the project, in particular (the project type, project subject, project methodological plan, project budget). Such changes may be possible if approved by The Permanent Committee for Following-up Research Projects Funding.
10.  Should the research project not be completed on the set time, The Permanent Committee for Following-up Research Projects Funding, upon the principal investigator’s justifications, may grant the researcher or the research team the additional time required to complete the project, not to exceed six months and not to entail any additional financial dues. This extension shall be granted only twice. In case of any change, the Deanship of Scientific Research has the right to cancel the contract and refer the matter to the Scientific Research Ethics Committee.
11.  The term of the contract is one year from the date of signing it. The contract can be extended for a similar period after obtaining the approval of the Deanship of Scientific Research.​
12. The researcher can extend the duration of the research by applying to the Deanship of Scientific Research at least thirty (30) days before the project completion date, including the following:
a. A justification for the additional time required to complete the project, explaining what has been accomplished to the date of submitting the extension request. 
b. Steps required to complete the remaining parts of the research during the extension period. This shall not be valid without a written consent from the Deanship of Scientific Research. 
c. Attachment of the workflow form.
13.  If the period specified for the research project is over and the project has not been completed, the Permanent Committee may grant the researcher or the research team an additional period to complete the project, provided that this period does not exceed six months and does not entail any additional financial dues. This extension shall be granted only twice. The Council of the Deanship of Scientific Research has the right to make an exception.
14. Should the principal investigator leave the University before the completion of the funded research project, the principal investigator shall submit a report to the Deanship of Scientific Research with a request to assign an alternative researcher to be responsible for the project. After the report is presented to The Permanent Committee for Following-up Research Projects Funding, the Committee recommends as deemed appropriate.
15. Should the research project team not complete the basic research for any reason, the Council of the Deanship of Scientific Research, upon the recommendation by The Permanent Committee for Following-up Research Projects Funding, will follow one of the two options:
a. Stop the research project and refund the remaining financial allocations to the University's research budget. 
b. Complete the research project by delegating the role of the principle investigator to another member of the research group or to another researcher from outside the University. Consequently, the dues of the principal investigator are obtained by the alternative researcher.
16. The final report, invoices, final financial report form, and receipt of invoices delivery have to be submitted after the end of the research project along with the published papers as stated in the contract.
17. The submission of the final technical report of the research project does not mean the end of the involvement of the research team in fulfilling any obligations or requirements in case of a request to cover the shortfalls in the submitted report, or to complete any of the objectives to be achieved in the research, without incurring any further finical obligations on the Deanship of Scientific Research.  
B.    Conditions for accepting published research papers:
1. Publication of an original research paper, published as an "Article".
2. Published papers shall be original research papers (Article) published in WoS indexed journals only (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4). Papers published in WoS emerging source or in journals that do not have an impact factor are not accepted.
3. Predatory Journals should be avoided as well as blacklisted publishers as stated in No. 16997, dated 5/1/1440. 
You can find a list of Predatory Journals in the following links:
https://predatoryjournals.com/journals
https://predatoryjournals.com/publishers
4. The first and only affiliation of PNU researchers should be in the following form:

               Department name/ College name/ Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University

        Double affiliation is not allowed. 

5.    Correspondence with the journal shall be done via the university official e-mail only.
6. The official university e-mail is the only email that can be added in the affiliation for all   members of the research team who are affiliated with the university.

7. The affiliation to the University and the acknowledgment of the financial funding by the Deanship of Scientific Research at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University shall be indicated in the published research, mentioning the project number in the published papers as in the following:

This research project was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, through the Research Funding Program, Grant No ( XX-  RFP-XXX)
8. The commitment to include all the project members' names who participated in the published research.
9. The research team shall not publish with researchers or in journals from countries or entities that have no diplomatic relations with KSA. The University disclaims any responsibility for any consequence arising from such papers.
10. Research papers published before the date of the contract's signature shall not be included as one of the project's achievements.
11. Research papers that include acknowledgment to different parties in the University other than the Projects Funding Program in the Deanship of Scientific Research shall not be accepted.
12. 25% of the fund will be deducted for each acknowledgment made for any external party other than Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.
13. Adherence to the rules and ethics of scientific research.
14. Compliance with the plagiarism check criteria issued by PNU Scientific Council No. [151/12] in its twelfth session held on 17/5/1440 AH.
15. The scientific research and inventions resulting from this joint cooperation under this contract, which will be published in the future, shall be the property of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, with full scientific and legal responsibility by the researchers for the content they provide
C. Research project's financial regulations:
1. The financial dues of the research projects shall be delivered in two phases. The first phase represents 30% and shall be delivered after signing the contract. The second phase represents 70% and shall be delivered after the acceptance of the final report by the Deanship of Scientific Research Council, according to the approved project's financial plan, in addition to the submission of the published research. 
2. After receiving the due payments and submitting all the documents indicating that in accordance with the Scientific Research Regulations, the principal researcher (the Second Party) is committed to deliver all the financial payments to the research group members according to each group member's role.
3. The remunerations of the research team shall be paid in accordance with Article (12) of the Unified Regulation of Scientific Research issued by the Council of Higher Education resolution which was endorsed by the Royal Order No. 7/b/4403 dated 2/4/1419 H
4. In case the research project is not completed for any reason and the Deanship of Scientific Research Council decides upon the recommendation of the Permanent Committee, the research project should be suspended, the contract with the principal investigator is canceled and the financial commitment expected to be disbursed to the principal researcher upon completion of the project shall be rescinded, and he shall return the disbursed amounts according to the Deanship of Scientific Research regulations.

Second: Funding after Publication Research Project Program 

In this program, the PI will receive 100% of the approved budget of the project after the final report is approved by the Council of the Deanship of Scientific Research in accordance with the conditions for accepting the research published in one of WoS indexed journals (Q1,Q2,Q3,Q4). Research published in WOS emerging source or in journals that do not have an impact factor is not accepted.  The researcher applies for this program to the Deanship of Scientific Research through the research center of the college the researcher affiliates to.
A.  Research projects funding rules:
1.   The principal investigator shall be a faculty member at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University when applying for funding and shall not be on a sabbatical leave, scientific contact or exceptional leave during the Contract period (if the faculty member is a contractor, a proof shall be enclosed showing that the faculty member will be on duty in the University for at least one whole year starting from the date of signing the contract).
2. The principal investigator may not play the same role for more than one research project or research group throughout one year. The principal investigator may not apply for another research group before submitting the final report throughout one year. The principal investigator of the research group is allowed to be a PI for 2 research projects only throughout one year. The principal investigator is allowed to be a PI to the following; future pioneers, young researchers and funding after publication funding programs. 
3. The research team shall have at least one PNU affiliated Saudi national. 
4. The research project applied for funding shall not be completed before applying for funding.
5. The research project applied for funding shall not be based on a book or a graduate thesis.
6.   All researchers participating in the research project has to make a pledge of the intellectual property of the project using the approved form.
7.   The principal investigator and members of the research project must obtain the approval of PNU Scientific Research Ethics Committee. DSR has the right to take action if local and international scientific research ethics are violated.
8.   After obtaining the approval of funding, the research team shall not make any major changes to the project, in particular (the project type, project subject, project methodological plan, project budget). Such changes may be possible if approved by The Permanent Committee for Following-up Research Projects Funding.
9. The commitment not to make changes in the project's team members without obtaining the approval from the Deanship of Scientific Research. 
10.   The term of the contract is one year from the date of signing it. The contract can be extended for a similar period after obtaining the approval of the Deanship of Scientific Research.
11. The researcher can extend the duration of the research by applying to the Deanship of Scientific Research at least thirty (30) days before the project completion date, including the following:
d. A justification for the additional time required to complete the project, explaining what has been accomplished to the date of submitting the extension request. 
e. Steps required to complete the remaining parts of the research during the extension period. This shall not be valid without a written consent from the Deanship of Scientific Research. 
f. Attachment of the workflow form.
12.   If the period specified for the research project is over and the project has not been completed, the Permanent Committee may grant the researcher or the research team an additional period to complete the project, provided that this period does not exceed six months and does not entail any additional financial dues. This extension shall be granted only twice. The Council of the Deanship of Scientific Research has the right to make an exception.

13. Should the principal investigator leave the University before the completion of the funded research project, the principal investigator shall submit a report to the Deanship of Scientific Research with a request to assign an alternative researcher to be responsible for the project. After the report is presented to The Permanent Committee for Following-up Research Projects Funding, the Committee recommends as deemed appropriate.
14. Should the research project team not complete the basic research for any reason, the Council of the Deanship of Scientific Research, upon the recommendation by The Permanent Committee for Following-up Research Projects Funding, will follow one of the two options:
a) Stop the research project and refund the remaining financial allocations to the University's research budget. 
b) Complete the research project by delegating the role of the principle investigator to another member of the research group or to another researcher from outside the University. Consequently, the dues of the principal investigator are obtained by the alternative researcher.
15. The final report, invoices, final financial report form, and receipt of invoices delivery have to be submitted after the end of the research project along with the published papers as stated in the contract.
16. The submission of the final technical report of the research project does not mean the end of the involvement of the research team in fulfilling any obligations or requirements in case of a request to cover the shortfalls in the submitted report, or to complete any of the objectives to be achieved in the research, without incurring any further finical obligations on the Deanship of Scientific Research.  
B. Conditions for accepting published research papers:
1. Publication of an original research paper, published as an "Article".
2. Published papers shall be original research papers (Article) published in WoS indexed journals only (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4). Papers published in WoS emerging source or in journals that do not have an impact factor are not accepted.
3. Predatory Journals should be avoided as well as blacklisted publishers as stated in No. 16997, dated 5/1/1440. 
You can find a list of Predatory Journals in the following links:
https://predatoryjournals.com/journals
https://predatoryjournals.com/publishers
4. The first and only affiliation of PNU researchers should be in the following form:
      Department name/ College name/ Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
           Double affiliation is not allowed. 
5. Correspondence with the journal shall be done via the university official e-mail only.
6. The official university e-mail is the only email that can be added in the affiliation for all   members of the research team who are affiliated with the university.
7. The second party is committed to refer to the first party as a sponsor of the research project and it should be mentioned in the published research to Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University as follows:
This research project was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, through the Research Funding Program, Grant No ( XX-  RFP-XXX)
8. The commitment to include the names of all the project's members who participated in the research when publishing the research papers . In case the consultant or researcher's assistant did not participate in the publishing process, a special acknowledgment of their efforts in achieving the research shall be written after acknowledging the Deanship. 
9. The research team shall not publish with researchers or in journals from countries or entities that have no diplomatic relations with KSA. The University disclaims any responsibility for any consequence arising from such papers.
10. Research papers published before the date of the contract's signature shall not be included as one of the project's achievements.
11. Research papers that include acknowledgment to different parties in the University other than the Projects Funding Program in the Deanship of Scientific Research shall not be accepted.
12. 25% of the fund will be deducted for each acknowledgment made for any external party other than Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.
13. Adherence to the rules and ethics of scientific research.
14. Compliance with the plagiarism check criteria issued by PNU Scientific Council No. [151/12] in its twelfth session held on 17/5/1440 AH.
15. The scientific research and inventions resulting from this joint cooperation under this contract, which will be published in the future, shall be the property of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, with full scientific and legal responsibility by the researchers for the content they provide.
C. Research project's financial regulations:
5. The financial dues of the research projects shall be delivered in one phase after the adoption of the final report of the Deanship of Scientific Research Council based on the approved financial plan of the project and the submission of published researches.
6. The Principal Investigator (Second Party) undertakes to pay all financial dues to the members of the project according to the role of each member and after signing the contract between him and the Deanship of Scientific Research, all invoices related to the project, bills of disbursement and researchers' remuneration and all relevant documents should be submitted in accordance with the Scientific Research Regulations during the submission of the final report. 
3.The remunerations of the research team shall be paid in accordance with Article (12) of the Unified Regulation of Scientific Research issued by the Council of Higher Education resolution which was endorsed by the Royal Order No. 7/b/4403 dated 2/4/1419 H
4. In case the research project is not completed for any reason and the Deanship of Scientific Research Council decides upon the recommendation of the Permanent Committee, the research project should be suspended, the contract with the principal investigator is canceled and the financial commitment expected to be disbursed to the principal researcher upon completion of the project shall be rescinded, and he shall return the disbursed amounts according to the Deanship of Scientific Research regulations.

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