Academic Research Division (ARD)




The mission of the Academic Research Division is to provide financial support, in the form of research and career development grants, to qualified researchers to enable them to become professional researchers and have their research findings published in high impact international journals and for their research to tackle real-world problem.

The ARD thus helps to strengthen the research community and encourage the use of research findings in national development. The ARD recognizes the importance of basic research as the basis for applied research and knowledge-based development. As such, the ARD continues to grant support for basic research in all disciplines, including science, technology, social sciences and humanities. Research works are either published in reputable peer—reviewed national and international journals, or granted patents. The division also aims to help professional researchers on their career paths

These researchers fall into three levels: young researchers who have received a doctoral degree not more than five years previously (TRF New Researcher), mid-career researchers (TRF Research Scholar, and TRF Advanced Research Scholar), and senior researchers (TRF Senior Researcher Scholar and Distinguished Research Professor), the last level being considered highly prestigious.

The ARD's aims are:

  1. To support basic research that will serve as the basis for the long-term social and economic development of the country.
  2. To support the career path of qualified and professional researchers so that they can realize their full potential and become leaders in their fields.
  3. To create networks of researchers and promote research collaborations both at the national and international levels.
  4. To encourage the publication of research findings in high impact international journals, and assist in the application for patent rights which may then be exploited for economic and social benefits.






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