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Research Support


Rigorous scientific investigation requires systematic support. These KAUST offices provide assistance to the University's faculty in securing funding, facilitating international collaborations, administering grants, publishing findings, maintaining research-critical instrumentation and equipment, and supporting postdoctoral fellows.​

Lab Equipment Maintenance (LEM)

​Lab Equipment Maintenance (LEM) supports research and graduate education at KAUST by delivering expert technical support and maintenance of research-critical instrumentation at the University.​​

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Office of Sponsored Research (OSR)

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) supports research at KAUST from ideas to impact. Ideas are the focus of our Research Services unit, as it works with KAUST researchers to develop research projects internally or with best-in-class global collaborators. Our Competitive Research Funds unit employs a global peer review process to discern which ideas are the most meritorious and strategic, and hence warrant investment of KAUST resources.

Our Research Evaluation unit focuses on impact, as it evaluates outcomes of basic and goal-driven research, and examines how these should guide future actions.

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Postdoctoral Support

KAUST seeks to attract high-caliber Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists to support the University's research mission. Coming from across the globe, the University's Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists bring new knowledge and innovative techniques to create a collaborative environment in which ideas and initiatives are continuously cultivated.

In support of the mission of the Vice President for Research, Postdoctoral and Researcher Support endeavors to:

  • Ensure a conducive environment where Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists can advance their research experience and scholarly training;
  • Identify, implement and coordinate professional development programs for Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists;
  • Provide a liaison for engagement with other University departments on matters pertaining to Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Scientists.

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Research Publication Services (RPS)

The Office of Research Publication Services (RPS) supports KAUST faculty members in the presentation and publication of their research in peer-reviewed journals by providing editing, scientific illustration, and scientific photography services. 

With a team comprising editors, scientific illustrators, and a photographer, RPS seeks to assist faculty members in communicating their science so that publication decisions are based on the merit of the work and not on the quality of their grammar, presentation or illustration skills. The office offers four services: comprehensive text editing and proofreading, scientific illustration, research photography, and plagiarism checking using the web-based iThenticate software program. ​

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