One of Ajman University’s key strategic goals is to enhance the quality, relevance and impact of research and intellectual contribution by faculty and students. AU’s commitment to research, scholarship, innovation and creative activity is reflected by providing appropriate physical, fiscal and human resources.
The research strategy seeks to:
The Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research provides a tuition fee waiver and monthly stipend to two outstanding graduate students for each graduate program offered by Ajman University. These students, called Sponsored Graduate Students, also work as part-time research assistants. Financial support for their own research projects is also provided.
A College Research Committee (CRC) has been formed in each college. Each College Dean is responsible for the composition of the CRC of her/his college. It shall have at least one member from each department in the college. The purpose of CRC is to take all necessary actions to promote research in the college including internally- and externally-funded research. These actions include development and implementation of procedures for internally-funded research projects, mechanisms for projects’ evaluation and payment of compensation to researchers for externally-funded projects, establishing and maintaining contacts with external funding sources, spreading awareness among all faculty members about research funding opportunities, providing administrative support to faculty members for obtaining external funds, and continual follow-up of research projects. The CRC shall encourage and support all research activities in the college.
The CRCs shall be responsible for implementing the policies and procedures of the DGSR and CGSR in their respective colleges, evaluation of submitted research proposals, making recommendations to the DGSR to fund the selected research projects, and reviewing the progress and final reports of funded projects. The CRC, under the guidance of the College Dean, shall develop strategic research plan and policy for the college including the research objectives and KPIs. The CRC of each college is responsible for developing clearly formulated and measurable research criteria against which faculty members will be assessed.
Heads of CRCs
A Research Ethics Committee (REC) has been formed under the DGSR to ensure that research work involving human or animal objects follows specified University guidelines. The guidelines and procedures developed by REC are in accordance with all applicable national and international standards. These policies and guidelines have been approved by AU’s Council for Academic Affairs (CfAA). The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research shall appoint the Head of REC with the approval of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA).
All research work conducted at AU that requires ethical approval of the research project must obtain a Certificate of Ethical Clearance (CEC) from the REC before initiating the project. This requirement is applicable to both funded and non-funded projects.
The main task of RCC is to review and make recommendations concerning participation of faculty members in academic conferences for the purpose of presenting a research paper. The role and functioning of the RCC shall be in accordance with the “Policy on Research Conferences”.
The Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research provides financial support to faculty members in terms of Internal Research Grants (IRGs) to conduct their research. The Policies and Procedures adopted for granting internal research grants are as follows:
The Research Travel Grants (RTG) are awarded to support high-quality research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the Ajman University (AU) and international institutions of good repute. Using these grants, full time faculty at the AU can apply for funding to support short-term research visits to another institute (e.g. research university of high ranking, research center or a research organization) and undertake collaborative research activity with clear and well defined outcomes.