Internal Research Funding Schemes

DU supports its faculty with following Research Funding schemes:

  1. Conference Grant (CG): (previously known as Short Term Faculty Development Grant (STFDG) to cover trips to regional and international conferences and scientific events.
  2. Seed Grant (SG): to help new faculties start up their research at DU in specific areas of interest to Oman through purchasing of materials and equipment required to initiate research activities.
  3. Research Publication Incentives (RPI): (previously known as Incentive Claim (IC)) An award for research productivity for faculty members who have published a paper in a journal indexed in Scopus, Web of science (with Impact Factor(IF)) or DU approved list of Arabic journals for Humanities and Law (AJHL).

Conference Grant (CG)

The CG is awarded to the faculty members who are interested to present their research work in national and international prestigious conferences. URB strongly believes that this grant will result in an increase in the published research work of the awardees especially in international reputed journals indexed in Scopus or Web of Science. The faculty members can claim a maximum of 1000 OMR that will be awarded to cover their ticket, registration fee, visa fee and per diem. For detailed guidelines and procedure to apply,   URB Policy  

Seed Grant (SG)

Seed Grants are intended to provide limited start-up funds for newly appointed faculty members in specific areas of interest to Oman. The Department Chairperson, the CRC and the Dean must approve all proposals before submitting them to the URB. SGs are normally up to OMR 1,000. Those eligible to apply for SGs are faculty members who have passed one semester at DU and are newly appointed or lecturers or instructors who are newly promoted to a professorial rank without having benefited from URB funding prior to the promotion. The applicant should submit the evidence of funds utilization in form of receipts bi-annually with the progress report. All property (equipment, materials, stationary etc) must be returned back to DU after the project is completed. For detailed guidelines and procedure to apply.

  URB Policy  

Research Publication Incentives (RPI)

The URB strongly believes that faculty should be rewarded for their research productivity. Therefore, the faculty members who will publish a paper in a renowned journal indexed in Web of Science (with impact factor), Scopus or the DU approved list of Arabic Journals for Humanities & Law (AJHL) (Appendix-C of URB policy) during the academic year will be eligible for a monetary incentive (subject to limited funding) for each paper. If the paper has been published in Scopus, the applicant should ensure that his publication is appearing in “Scopus author preview” ( search/form/authorFreeLookup.uri) list prior to applying for RPI. If the paper is indexed in Web of Science, the journal should appear in the Master Journal List for Web of Science only ( The monetary claim will be subject to the guidelines given in section 2.3.1 of the URB policy.