1- Principal Investigator (PI)

The PI shall:

1)     Initiate the research proposal/consultancy service, and show the importance of the research proposal/consultancy service after obtaining the approval of the HoD or Director of the Centre.

2)     Manage the project on a daily basis, including expenditure and maintain an up-to-date record of receipts/invoices.

3)     Exercise safety and quality control to ensure delivery of all required outcomes to the satisfaction of both sponsor and University, and to bring the project to a successful conclusion on time.

4)     Ensure that any intellectual property arising from research projects is reported to the Deanship of Research.

5)     Submit progress reports as required.

6)     Submit a final report with a detailed expenditure account.

2- Co-investigator (Co-I)

The  Co-I shall:

1)     Participate in the initiation of the research proposal/consultancy request.

2)     Agree with the PI on his/her role in the execution of the project.

3)     Obtain endorsement of his/her HoD.

4)     Conduct the tasks he/she committed himself/herself to.


3- Head of Department (HoD)

The Head of Department shall:

1)     Review the research proposals/consultancy request submitted by departmental staff.

2)     Ensure that optimum resources are available for the proposed research proposals/ consultancy services.

3)     Endorse the proposed research and consultancy services.

4)     Ensure that approved projects are planned and performed in accordance with policies and procedures, while committing the required resources and personnel.

5)     Ensure that researchers adhere to safety measures and regulations.

6)     Encourage the participation of new academic staff in new research proposals.


4- Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research (ADPSR

The ADPSR in a college shall:

1)     Represent the Dean of the College when requested.

2)     Update the Dean on all matters related to research by regular reporting.

3)     Coordinate research activities in the College.

4)     Provide the communication link between the College and the Deanship of Research.

5)     Provide leadership for the CRC.

6)     Submit CRC recommendations to the College Board.

7)     Ensure that all IG, JG and HMTF progress and final reports are reviewed by the CRC and approved by the College Board.

8)     Keep an inventory of research facilities and activities in the College.


5- Dean of College

The Dean of the College shall:

1)     Oversee the research activities at the College.

2)     Endorse CRC recommendations for research proposals/consultancy services, following the College Board recommendation  and forwarding these recommendation to the DVCPSR.

3)     Provide administrative support for approved research projects.


6- Director of Research Center

The Director of a Research Center, upon advice from the Research Center Administrative Committee, shall:

1)      Oversee the research activities at the center.

2)      Endorse research proposals/consultancy services following the Center's Advisory or Administrative Committee, whichever is applicable.

3)      Recommend to the DVCPSR, participation of center personnel in proposed research projects.

4)      Ensure that approved research projects and consultancy services are planned and performed in accordance with these policies and procedures, while committing required personnel and resources.

5)      Provide support for the implementation of approved research projects/consultancy services.

6)      Upon departure of an investigator, consult with the principal investigator and sponsor to select a suitable substitute.

7)      Ensure that the RCAC reviews all new research proposals.

8)      Ensure that all new research applications are complete in accordance with the research regulations.

9)      Be a communication link between the DVCPSR office and its units and the centre’s PIs and Co-Is.

10)       Ensure that all research progress and final reports are reviewed by the RCAC.

11)       Provide administrative support for approved research projects and, consultancy services, and coordinate with colleges and other research centres taking part in the same research project.

7- Dean of Research

The Dean of Research shall:

1)      Assist the DVC-PSR to develop and implement strategies to enhance research productivity at SQU.

2)      In consultation with colleges and centers, identify research priorities and enhance inter-disciplinary research efforts at SQU.

3)      Encourage research leading to innovation and entrepreneurship.

4)      Raise external funding to support research at the University.

5)      Coordinate reviews of research proposals for financial support from internal and external grants, and HM’s fund for Strategic Research.

6)      Facilitate negotiations of contracts between SQU personnel and external agencies.

7)      Provide regular reports to the DVC-PSR on the overall research profile of the University, including key metrics for research performance of projects.

8)      Maintain and update web-based resources for information related to research activity and achievements.

9)      Chair sub-committees within the Deanship.

10)       Coordinate a program for distinguished researchers to visit SQU.

11)       Engage staff of the highest calibre appropriate to their role in supporting research and outreach.

12)       Promote ethical research practices at SQU by increasing awareness of relevant codes of conduct such as Human Scientific Ethics and Animal Ethics.

13)       Act as focal point at SQU for liaison with the Research Council.

14)       Undertake other assigned activities.

8- Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research (DVCPSR)

The DVCPSR shall:

1)      Oversee research activities in the University.

2)      Determine strategies for SQU research policy implementation.

3)      Approve research projects and consultancy requests.

4)      Report research related issues annually to the Vice-Chancellor.

5)      Oversee the implementation of research regulations.

6)      Issue necessary instructions related to the procedures of approving research projects and consultancy services.


9- Deanship of Research

The Deanship of Research has three departments that are relevant to these regulations: the Research Department, the Innovation Affairs Department and the Academic Publications and Outreach Department. The following is a description of the responsibilities of the Research Department and the Innovation Affairs Department:


9.1 The Research Department

This Department shall:

1)     Coordinate the review of research proposals.

2)     Review research agreements with sponsors and obtain approval of the DVCPSR

3)     Maintain a database of research and consultancy activities.

4)     Maintain an inventory of capital equipment acquired by research projects and contracts.

5)     Acquire and disseminate information on external funding agencies.

6)     Facilitate communication between researchers and sponsors of research.

7)     Monitor the progress of research projects and consultancy services and submit reports, through the Dean, to the DVCPSR

9.2 Innovation Affairs Department

This Department shall:

1)   Develop, implement and evaluate policies, procedures and practices of innovation.

2)   Develop an intellectual property culture and awareness of the importance of innovation, patent registration, marketing and commercialization through proper licensing agreements.

3)   Provide legal support for confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

4)   Coordinate with external innovation organizations.

5)   Coordinate the IP protection process and maintain an up-to-date database for all University IP.

6)   Liaise with principal investigators to provide support on IP related matters.

7)   Support student innovation initiatives based on recommendations from the Dean and the DVCPSR.


10- Board of Research

The Board of Research shall:

1)     Formulate criteria to maintain the academic standards of research.

2)     Set future plans for research.

3)     Propose the periodic review of research regulations.

4)     Look into and express views on the research funding system.

5)     Review the budget estimate for research.

6)     Review the annual report on research.

7)     Set policies and regulations for innovation


11- College Research Committee

The CRC shall:

1)   Review research proposals.

2)     Prioritize proposals recommended for funding.

3)     Monitor approved research projects until completion.

4)     Recommend suspension or withdrawal of approval for projects which do not comply with the approved research protocol.

5)     Keep a record of all rejected proposals.

6)     Report its recommendations to the College Board to take necessary action.

12- Research Center Administrative Committee

The RCAC shall:

1)     Review all activities of the Research Center at least once a year. 

2)       Review and endorse research proposals and requests for consultancy services. 

3)       Actively participate in and support all major activities of the Center (i.e. conferences, seminars, workshops etc). 

4)       Review the Center's strategic plans and submit recommendations on them. 

5)       Review the annual budget proposal and recommend revisions as appropriate. 

6)       Review the draft annual report and provide positive feedback for improvement. 

7)       Help raise awareness of the Center and its activities at national, regional and international levels.