Research at Sohar University is focused across four research themes. These research themes coordinate research activity and encourage collaboration within and beyond the university. Each research theme is led by a theme leader- a member of the university research committee who provides leadership and works to foster collaboration across researchers and promotes increased levels of research activity within the university.
The University has four research themes aligned with national priorities of Oman. Find More...
The Emerging and Advanced Technology Research Theme is a multidisciplinary research effort into the theory and the practical development of engineering, computer science and other applied science approaches with their innovative technological applications. It has been established in 2016 with the aim of tackling state-of-the-art research challenges in the domain of emerging and advanced technologies. Research activities within this theme cover a range of domains and applications in engineering and applied sciences. Over a short period of time, this theme has successfully attracted a number of grants that fund several “on-going” projects. The goal is to grow gradually by attracting more funding, expand the network of expertise, transform knowledge and achieve influential research excellence in regional and worldwide domains.
The Environment Research Theme is one of the key research clusters at Sohar University. This group consists of a team of multidisciplinary academic researchers who apply their knowledge to environmental engineering, mathematic modelling, and sustainable environmental management principles to solve key environmental issues. Researchers within this theme have successfully carried out major research projects funded by TRC and the UK government. The research facilities available to this theme include sophisticated analytical equipment such as a gas chromatograph, a TOC analyzer and pilot scale reactors for treating polluted water and air samples and geo-environmental testing. The research theme involves undergraduate and postgraduate student researchers in project activities and provides them with hands-on training on equipment and reactor facilities helping to build in-country research capacity.
The goal of this theme is to foster and conduct collaborative interdisciplinary research within the areas of expertise and industry. It aspires to become a leading research excellence centre. The theme equally aims to create a network open to members and co-researchers, through which they can collaborate within and outside the university, at the local and regional levels. This involves developing strong external connections with local, regional, and international enterprise research in universities and economic development. The theme aims to bring academics, researchers, and university students together to share experience and conduct research.
With the changing dynamics of communities and community values, the need is rising for research related to community development, community exchange, intercultural communication, and community engagement and exclusion. The Connecting Communities research theme is by far the largest within the university as it brings together researchers from five different faculties and centres. These researchers focus on topics within the general domain of humanities, such as education, linguistics, law, inter-linguistic and inter-communal communication. Research topics equally cover instances of interaction between humanities and other fields of endeavour. This includes for instance technology-driven implementations for languages and language communication and the enhanced investigation of human factors in business models.
University Research Committee (URC)
The University Research Committee is an advisory committee to the Academic Board on issues of research across the University, including advising the Academic Board on the development of policies and procedures related to research, equity and quality assurance for all research activities and promoting and sustaining research across the University at all levels.
The URC oversees activities and procedures related to all research activities at the University, it also helps to ensure the nurturing and growth of research as well as the relation between research and taught programs. It oversees the activities of the “University Postgraduate Committee”. URC maintains the continuity of scale and quantity of research across faculties, and it contributes to developing staff research.
University Ethics & Bio-Safety Committee (UEBC)
The Ethics & Biosafety Committee reports to the University Academic Board and is responsible for oversight of all issues and considerations related to ethics and bio-safety at SU.
The awarded/funded research projects include the following:
- External Research Projects
- Internal Research Awarded Projects
- Sohar University Research Grants for Early Career Researchers (SURGE)
- Sohar Room Research Grants
- Sustainable Futures Research Grants
- International Research Awarded Projects & Knowledge Transfer
- Grace Laboratories
- Green House
- Dies and Moulds
- Qatar Fund
Sohar University has the following Internal Funding Schemes for supporting research:
Sohar University Research Grants for Early Career Researchers (SURGE) scheme is currently one of the University’s internal source of competitive research funding. The internal grants are derived from the University’s annual budget. This is to enable young researchers to gain experience in proposal writing and the application process. The scheme is open to academic staff of Sohar University who have masters or PhD degrees.
Sohar Room is an internal research grant scheme that is intended to provide a source of competitive research funding within the Connecting Communities research theme. The scheme is open to all academic staff members of Sohar University (SU) who have masters or PhD degrees.
“Sohar Room” scheme focuses on topics that display an obvious link to the area of Sohar. Topics include, but not limited to:
Data and artefacts collected for this project will go on display in an exhibition.
The general objective of this call for proposals, is to interest and attract researchers across the university research themes. It also aims to build research capacity and provide a platform for SU researcher to develop previous and current projects and generate ideas for new projects.
The main targeted investigators are engineering, business and computer scientists working on basic or applied research. Both basic research and technological or methodological research proposals (instrument development) are eligible. This is to enable academic staff to write proposals and develop projects to support the “Sustainable Futures” project under the directions of research theme coordinators and the Research Development unit. The scheme is open to all academic staff members of Sohar University who have master or PhD degrees.
This is to provide active researchers an opportunity to secure support to participate in international conferences. The scheme can award funds to the academic staff member according to the conference support funding guidelines.
The main aim of this initiative is to encourage staff to publish their research output in high impact factor journals. The University believes that to achieve its strategic goal of producing research with impact; it needs to motivate and reward researchers. Therefore, staff members who publish in high impact factor journals (identified by Research Development) will be allocated a certain amount to be spent as a conference support for each published paper per year.
Many research development activities are organised and delivered by the Research Development Department.
- Research Workshops
- Research Conferences