The Independent Project will be open to Higher Education students studying at an accredited university in the UAE, who are interested in pursuing scientific research of their own interest other than their academic research project.
To qualify for the Independent Project grant, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
Sandooq Al Watan will offer two funding cycles during the year, including Fall semester and Spring semester.
Applications must include:
A research proposal which will be filled out electronically through the website.
A letter of endorsement from the applicant’s institution. The letter of endorsement must include the lead student's/research team name(s), project title, name of the assigned principal investigator, total proposed budget, & latest attained GPA.
An official confirmation letter of the latest attained GPA from the Academic Dean.
The research team personal details [name, UAE ID, nationality, major, email, phone].
Short-listed proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts based on the following criteria:
Innovation: The project is novel and has potential to advance the current state-of-the-art with adequate evidence and justification.
Approach: The objectives, tasks, and methodologies are sufficient and appropiate to deliver the goals of the project.
Impact: The project has potential long-term benefits for UAE's industry, academic community, and economy.
Deliverables: The project yields a variety of deliverables, for example; publication, prototype, poster presentation, participation in competition, commercialization potential, etc.
Time Frame: The project timeline is appropriate for the scope of work.
Budget and Resources: The budget and project resources proposed are reasonable and well-justified.
The researcher and any team member should comply with the following terms and conditions:
The funds must be administered by the awarded institution's respective department to ensure compliance with the approved budget, terms, and conditions governing the execution of funds. Budget use should be in accordance with the awarded institution's research spending guidelines, policies, and procedures.
Durable asset purchased with a value of AED 5,000 and above are capitalized and must be asset-tagged by the awarded institution. Such items will be considered as sponsored items and the property of Sandooq Al Watan where other students will be able to use it.
Unspent funds must be returned to Sandooq Al Watan.
Re-budgeting within expense categories is permitted. Any further budget modification must be consulted and approved by Sandooq Al Watan prior to utilization of funds.
Quarterly progress reports and a final report must be submitted through the researcher.ae platform in line with the reporting dates stipulated in the executed agreement.
Sandooq Al Watan can publicize the individuals, projects, and project outcomes to promote and market the Fellowship program where Sandooq Al Watan sees fit.
All required internal permits such as, but not limited to IRB approvals and lab permits must be secured prior to the release of funds.
The intellectual property (IP) rights within the awarded grant is governed by the IP policy of the awarded institution.
Applicants must disclose any potential conflict of interest to Sandooq Al Watan prior to the release of funds.
All parties shall comply with all applicable federal and local laws, regulations, and nothing shall be construed to require either party to violate such provisions of law or subject either party to liability for adhering to such provisions of law.
Sandooq Al Watan has the right to terminate the funding if any of the terms and conditions stipulated in the executed agreement is violated.