SDU announces a call for internal research funding

SDU announces a call for internal research funding

      Suleyman Demirel University announces a call for proposals for internal research grants for the 2020 – 2021 academic years. The following sections provide detailed information on the project.


SDU internal research grants program addresses basic and applied research and is available to junior researchers[1] at SDU (including undergraduate and graduate students as team members). A total of 5 research grants are provided for the 2020-2021 academic year, with the budget of each grant not exceeding 1 mln KZT. Duration of each research project should be up to 12 Months. The program is administered by the Science Department through a competitive review process, under the advisement of the University’s Scientific and Technical Council.

General Eligibility

The program competition is open to full-time faculty in all disciplines and full-time staff. Inclusion of zhas mamans into the project is recommended since it increases the chances of acceptance. Collaboration with external[2] (local or international) partners are also encouraged as it increases the chances of acceptance. 

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) of the project must either be a PhD holder (Doctor of Sciences, Candidate of Sciences) or a PhD Candidatewith at least 1 publication in Scopus (>35 Citescore percentile) / WoS (>0 impact factor) indexed journals.
  • The PI and other team members must be under the age of 40 and/or PhD +5 years.
  • The topics of the proposed research must be in line with general research priorities of the respective faculties.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit: (1) their up to date CV; (2) research proposal; (3) information on research team members (Table 1); (4) budget (Table 2); and (5) budget justification form.

  1. Research proposal must include the following elements:
  • General Summary of the Project
    • Provide a concise executive summary of the rationale and significance for the proposed research, a description of the main activities that will be conducted, the underlying methodology, expected results, and the broader impacts of the research.
  • Background Information
    • It is recommended to open with a paragraph that briefly provides general background information on the research topic that forms the basis of the proposal, at a level that is accessible to a non-expert committee.
    • This can be followed by a paragraph or two that is somewhat more specific and helps to provide context for your specific proposal.
  • Proposed Research Plan
    • Specify clear and realistic research goals, objectives, or hypotheses.
    • Describe the research methodology.
    • Conclude with a summary of expected research outcomes and how they fit within your broader research program/plans.
  • Anticipated Significance/Impact of Results
    • Describe how you will disseminate your results, e.g., journal publications, books, and/or presentations at international/national/regional conferences.
    • Indicate the significance of the specified journals and/or conferences.
    • Discuss the anticipated impact of this award on your research activities and your career development.
    • If you do not presently have external funding, describe your strategy for obtaining other sources of funding, including proposals submitted and currently in review.
    • If you do have other sources of funding, describe the relationship between the present application and the objectives and activities associated with your existing funding.

[1] From 2021-2022 academic year to be continued as only for T+Rs.

[2] External partners must have background and expertise related to the proposed research topic.

  • References (include only most relevant references)
    • This application does not require an extensive bibliography.  Refer to recent and relevant publications, including your own work (publications, conference proceedings, etc.), if they relate directly to the proposal.  This includes work in progress.
  1. Budget[1]. Please prepare a concise budget table and fill it out as completely as possible. Incomplete budgets or those that exceed the limits may result in the proposal being declined without review. 
    a. Allowable costs include wages for undergraduate and graduate research assistants (including zhas mamans); domestic travel costs to consult with collaborators or support research; data collection related expenses, as well as conference participation fees.
    b. Unallowable costs include faculty salaries, computers, tablets, and other computational hardware, except in well-justified cases. Software may be approved if justified and is directly related to the research activities described in the proposal. 

  2. Budget Justification. The budget justification must include a description of the purpose and rationale for each line item in the budget.

Application Review Process

  1. Science Department staff will, with support of the Faculty Research Coordinators, review submitted applications for compliance with the eligibility requirements and application instructions.
  2. Eligible applications will be forwarded to and reviewed by the Scientific and Technical Council, in accordance with the evaluation grid (appendix 1). All members of the Scientific and Technical Council should evaluate each project. The final grade of each project will be estimated as an average of the grades provided by the members of the Scientific and Technical Council.
  3. The Scientific and Technical Council will forward its recommendations to the Scientific Council, who will make the final selections.

Awardee Responsibilities and Obligations

All recipients of internal grants must submit a two-page report to the Science Department using the final report template (Appendix 2) within two months of the termination of the grant performance period.

Awardees must plan to disseminate the results of their funded projects through either:

  • a peer-reviewed publication (Scopus (>35 Citescore percentile)[2] or KKSON or SDU Bulletin); or
  • presentations at international conferences;


Awardees must also plan to apply for external funding, using the internal grant proposal as a proposal foundation.

 Deadline for submitting the required documents: 24.03.2021!!!

Please submit all required documents to, by the deadline stated above.

[1] All payments related to Internal Funding must undergo through the DMS portal.

[2] Since Scopus publication takes a longer time, it is enough to have a first draft of the paper and the name of the journal where the paper is expected to be submitted, by the end of the internal grant funding.

Download tables 1-2 Composition of the research group for proposed project

Download final Report Template


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