The Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR) at King Fahd University of Petroleum &
Minerals (KFUPM) was originally established as part of the Deanship of Graduate
Studies in the year 2000, and then became an independent Deanship in September,
2005. The DSR is responsible for the planning, management, promotion and support
of research activities that are carried out by the academic departments through
internal and external funding. The Deanship is managed by the Dean of Scientific
Research. The functional responsibilities of DSR include research activities
such as funded research projects, professional conference attendance, sabbatical
leaves, release time, research scholarship programs and research awards. In
addition, the Deanship manages a central workshop that serves research needs of
KFUPM faculty. The Deanship plans and manages research and other scholarly
activities through the Scientific Research Council, the Research Committee, the
Arabic Research Committee and the Conference Committee.
The Scientific Research Council is a regulatory body chaired by the Dean of
Scientific Research and the members are selected from various academic
departments. The Research Committee is an executive body composed of 11 members
that represent the different University Colleges and the Research Institute. The
Arabic research committee concentrates on the review and support of Arabic book
authoring and translation in addition to Arabic research projects and studies.
The Conference Committee is dedicated to the evaluation of applications
submitted by faculty to attend regional and international scientific and
professional conferences and meetings. All committees are chaired by the Dean of
Scientific Research with members selected/elected from the different academic
departments of the University.
The Research Institute is the cornerstone of applied research activities at
KFUPM. It has created a strong research base and is recognized for solving
critical scientific and technical problems as well as working on turning
knowledge into practice. Working in collaboration with the faculty from academic
departments, our full-time researchers annually produce hundreds of research
reports for industrial and government sponsors.
Our research activities are guided by the needs of the Kingdom, with
concentration on engineering research, environment and water, petroleum and
minerals, refining and petrochemicals, communications and computers, and
economics and management systems. We are expanding our capabilities in some
fields through the support of the Ministry of Higher Education by establishing
the Centers of Research Excellence (CoRE) program, which initially will include
concentrations in renewable energy, refining and petrochemicals and
nanotechnologies. More centers will be added in the future.
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