Scientific Research and Grants

Futures Research Grant Proposal 2022

The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) announce the continuation of their futures research grant for the year 2022. The objective of this grant is to encourage researchers to expand their disciplines with methods of futures studies.
As global developments over the past years have taught us, assumptions of normalcy can be made obsolete. In a world that can be characterised as Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous, sticking to narrow definitions of expected futures can prove fatal. We therefore challenge prospective grant recipients to step outside their usual (research) frame of reference and apply futures tools that allow for a broader perspective. In other words, looking for alternatives to their assumptions of what is normal (within their disciplines) and considering what would lie beyond.
Therefore, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, in association with the World Futures Studies Federation, announces its third call for research proposals on "Thinking about alternative futures...". This call is open to a wide range of interpretations, aiming mainly at caring for the future in terms of adaptability to unpredicted events, the smart world around us, sustainability, and people’s well-being (as promoted in the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia’s Vision 2030).
Futures methods that could be explored under this call include but are not restricted to the Futures Wheel, Causal layered analysis (CLA), or Scenario analysis. These methods can be applied to a range of fields and topics, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, smart cities, green cities, as well as the future of higher education … In all of these fields, there are uncertainties, articulated and unarticulated goals, unforeseen effects – these could be explored to allow for broader insight and more robust solutions to societal problems.
Researchers from all disciplines and across disciplines are encouraged to apply for the research grant.

1. Objectives of the proposal grants

  • To encourage scholarly work and collaboration in futures studies.
  • To encourage a future-oriented approach of various disciplines and the application of the methods of Futures Studies.
  • To make quality contributions to the development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the international Society.
  • To contribute to the state of art of the related topics of the proposals in the context of intergenerational learning and Futures Studies ("Thinking about alternative futures...").
  • To reflect on the Saudi Vision 2030 and enrich its goals by possible implementations.

2. Proposal Funding

The maximum allowable grant for each proposal is 5,000 USD.

3. Expected Outcomes

The grant proposal is expected to produce at least one ISI with impact factor (Clarivate Analytics)/ Scopus journal publication. Scholars are requested to propose names of 2-3 target journals for publication. Preliminary dissemination of results is expected by the beginning of November 2022 while the final outcomes should be obvious and convincing after one year from the date of acceptance.

4. Eligibility of the Applicant

Application may be submitted by an individual or a group of researchers. Applications are invited from all disciplines, as long as the proposal explains the link between intergenerational learning and futures. There should be no conflict of interest for those who will submit a proposal: one applicant cannot be involved in more than one proposal. Advisors with a minor role may be involved in several applications.
The proposals are open for both regional and international scholars. The proposals aim at encouraging networking and quadruple helix partnerships in research. Also, projects by intra-disciplinary or interdisciplinary research groups are encouraged. Grantees of previous year’s Futures Research Grant (2020, 2021) are eligible only if they have satisfied all requirements (letter of acceptance for publication) and concluded their research

5. Deadline for submission

The deadline for receipt of the full proposals is Sunday, June 29, 2022. Applicants of accepted proposals will be notified by end of July 2022.

6. Duration, progress and instalments

The duration of the proposal execution is one year, starting from the date of acceptance of the proposal.
A progress report should be submitted to the Director of Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies after six months and a final report at completion. Progress reports are brief statements regarding progress made on all proposed research steps. They should mention targeted journals and status of acceptance.
The funding will be based on 2 instalments (20% and 80% of the total budget), these instalments are subjected to approval from the Director of Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies and are based on the following criteria:

  1. After acceptance of the proposal, 20% of the fund can be released after an online 5-10 minute video presentation of the objectives and action plan.
  2. Before receiving the last 80% of the budget, the applicant should have submitted and received acceptance for a Scopus or ISI indexed journal article.

After 6 months, a 5-15 minute video created by researchers will be presented on an online event organized by PMU and WFSF.
Please note that:

  1. All expenses for attended conference along with the publication fees should be covered from the budget that the applicant will receive.
  2. All the papers should include an acknowledgement for Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University and the World Futures Studies Federation.

7. Proposal format and boundaries

Proposals are to be submitted in electronic form (Word or Pdf format) and must include the following components:

  1. Abstract: Define the Research Problem. Describe the Relevance and Significance of the issue to be addressed. Choose a significant and attractive title for your research.
  2. Scope: Describe the range of area you wish to address and justification for the choice.
  3. Objectives: State specific, measurable, relevant, and time-bound objectives. Relate the project to theoretical needs and demonstrate their impacts on the society.
  4. Description of the Proposed Project: How will this project be undertaken? List how it will be creative, scientific, and has a societal impact. Show how the project supports the purpose.
  5. Literature Review: Summarize the relevant literature and describe and explain the need for a new study that you are proposing to validate, extrapolate or to criticize the previous findings.
  6. Methodology: The methodology section should describe how each specific objective will be achieved, with enough detail to enable an independent and informed assessment of the proposal. This section should include research task, data collection, data analysis and specific tools that will study each research objective.
  7. Budget Details: State the expenses related to: salaries, data collection, books, stationary, communications, etc.
  8. Administrative details.

The proposals must be presented in a sufficiently brief way according to the following boundaries:

  1. An outline of the proposal that you will submit the research problem, relevance and significance of the research issue, and the impact on society (no more than 600 words).
  2. A research synopsis clearly indicating the Research objectives, scope, proposed research methodology, a budget specification and the time frame (no more than 2,000 words).
  3. A synopsis of the applicant(s) (no more than 300 words per applicant) as well as administrative/contact data.

8. Proposal Review and Approval Process

The following criteria will be adopted to select the best proposals:

  1. Relevance of the proposal: The degree to which the proposal addresses present or future issues needed - including but not limited to economy, and society - priority will be given to proposals that serve and are aligned with the Saudi Vison 2030.
  2. Research objectives: The specificity, measurability, attainability, and time frame.
  3. Contribution: How significant are the contributions to the discipline of futures studies.
  4. Proposer’s Past Scholarship/Expertise: Expertise of the applicants in relation to the proposed research.
  5. Research Methodology: The degree to which the proposal represents a creative and scientific approach (quantitative or proven qualitative methods) to the accomplishment of objectives.
  6. Feasibility: Potential for longer-term sustainability beyond the period of the proposed research.
  7. Cost effectiveness: Budget is complete, realistic, and justifiable.

9. Submission method

PMU Scientific Research Grant Proposal Submission Link All correspondence and related documents should be emailed to PMFCFS@pmu.edu.sa

Email subject should be: “2022 Research Grant Application - then specify your own details“



2022-Futures-Research-Grant-Proposal.pdf

FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL 2021

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) announced SECOND FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL on March 25, 2021. The objective of this grant is to encourage researchers to explore and research in disciplines underpinned by futures studies. This year’s futures research grant is meant to help researchers investigate the way that change and future-oriented actions are taught, especially in an intergenerational learning setting.
PMFCFS received more than 100 proposals from multiple countries such as Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, UAE, USA and Uzbekistan.

SECOND FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT AWARDEES
Item Principal Investigator Position Affiliations Research Title
1 Mr. Borja Reh Founder, Allies for Wildlife. Spain. Adjunct Lecturer, Complutense University of Madrid. Spain. Biodiversity Conservation writer, Allies for Wildlife, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Application of Augmented Reality as an Educational Tool to Raise Awareness About the Impact of Poor Waste Management in Sensitive Ecosystems
Jorge Peña   Allies for Wildlife, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid  
Rosa Martínez Valverde   Fundación Bioparc, Rain Forest S.A.  
Cecilia Encinas Gamazo   Allies for Wildlife, Mediaset España  
Álvaro Monzón   DeuSens Hyperexperience  
2 Dr. Athba AlQahtani Clinical Research Specialist I King Fahad Medical City Investigation of IL-6 action mechanism in eliciting inflammation in COVID-19 patients
Dr. Waleed AlJabr   King Fahad Medical City  
Dr. Basma Abbas   King Fahad Medical City  
Ms. Ahod Al-Amari   King Fahad Medical City  
Dr. Alaa Karkashan   King Fahad Medical City  
3 Dr. Waqar Ashraf Professor & Dean
College of Sciences & Human Studies
Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Creating Sustainable Eating Futures In Saudi Arabia
4 Dr. Bader Shayah Alanazi Co-Chair of Drug Discovery & Targeted Therapy Research Unit; Senior Research Specialist in Cancer Genetics King Fahad Medical City Identification of S100A4 Binding Partners in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
5 Dr. Phillip Daffara Founding Principal of Futuresense + Placesense; Founding Director, CityFutures Lab FutureSense + PlaceSense Futures Impacts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) transforming its cities to be carbon neutral Arcologies
6 Dr. Fotios Vouzas Full Professor, Human Resources Management Department, College of Business Administration Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Building a Conceptual Framework to evaluate Talent Development models for the Future. The case of Saudi Arabia
  Dr. Hendrik Jacobs Van Der Merwe   Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University  
7 Dr. Neeraj Kumar Full Professor and Associate Head | Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET); Adjunct Professor at King Abdul Aziz University Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology AI Techniques for UAV Navigations in Indoor/Outdoor Environment for Surveillance Applications in Future Smart City Scenarios
  Dr. Rajkumar Tekchandani   Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology  
8 Dr. Salman A Khan Professor, Computer Science Karachi Institute of Economics & Technology The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Wind Energy for Saudi Arabia: An Empirical Study on the Design and Analysis of Nature-inspired Algorithms for Wind Farm Layout Design Using Real Data from Saudi Sites
9 Dr. Mirjana Beara Associate Professor, at the Faculty of Philology and Arts and at
the study program of Psychology
University of Kragujevac Enhancing Students’ Optimism: Futures Methods – the Polak Game and Causal Layered Analysis – In Educational Practice
Dr. Snježana Dubovicki   University of Osijek  
10 Mr. Roberto Paura Italian Institute for the Future Co-founder and President Italian Institute for the Future Developing a Foresight Monitor with Quali-Quantitative Approach
11 Dr. Azhar Iqbal Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Futuristic approach of the transmission line using a non-singular kernel
  Dr. Tayyaba Akram   University Sains Malaysia  
12 Dr. Stefan Bergheim Director of the non-profit think tank, Facilitator, designer, speaker, writer on futures research and on wellbeing UNESCO Center for Societal Progress Evaluating Futures Literacy Laboratories
13   Dr. Habiba Drias Founder and Head of the laboratory of research in artificial intelligence (LRIA) University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene USTHB Dynamic ambulance dispatching and emergency calls covering in the context of COVID-19 crisis: The case of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Djaafar Zouache   University Mohamed Elbachir El-Ibrahimi  
Dr. Yassine Drias   Algiers University  
Lydia Sonia Bendimerad   University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene USTHB  
14 Dr. Zubair Baig Senior Lecturer, Cyber Security
Co-Director, Security and Privacy Research in IoT Research Lab
Division Lead, IoT, CPS and Critical Infrastructure Security, Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI)
Director, Post Graduate Studies in Cyber Security
School of Information Technology, Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Deakin University Senior Lecturer and Division Leader, IoT and CPS Cyber Security
15 Dr. Zeshan Abbas Former Lecturer in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Swedish College of Engineering & Technology Dalian University of Technology Analysis of energy consumption in eastern province Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) using a LMDI method based LEAP model
  Dr. Usama Ghafoor   University of Sargodha, Pakistan  
16 Dr. Nur Anisah Abdullah Graduate Institute of Futures Studies Tamkang University Educating the Young for Tomorrow: Futures Literacy and Individual Development
  Mr Mauricio Hernandez   National Autonomous University of
Mexico (UNAM)
 
17       Dr. Patricia Marybelle Davies Associate Professor, Core Curriculum Program, CSHS Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Exploring Cyberlearning at PMU
Thamer Saleh Alkhamis      
Abdulaziz Alodhieb   Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University  
Hayat Khalid A Alabdulwahed   Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University  
Rawan Ateya Mohammed   Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University  
Ali Khan   Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University  
Muhammad Waqar Ashraf  Facilitator   Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University  
18 Mr. Thomas Shorrock Operations Manager
Director of Development (UAE)
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Where does non-formal education and learning/experiential learning stand in the future of education?
Melek De-Wint   The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation  
19 Ms. Abril Chimal Chief Pollinator for the Participatory Futures Global Swarm, Technical Editor for the Journal of Futures Studies Participatory Futures Global Swarm Futures of the Circular Economy in Tepito, Mexico City
20 Mr. James Douglas Boyd Complex Systems Analyst SingularityNET An Urban Nanosecurity System for Regulating Molecular Machines: Confronting the “Gray Goo” Problem
21 Mr. Kevin (Joong Woo) Jae Research Associate, Future Skills Centre Ryerson University Decolonizing Futures Studies and Participatory Futures Approaches and Implications for Innovation and the Future of Education

FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL 2020

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) announced FIRST FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL on February 12, 2020.
The objective of this grant was to encourage more researchers to explore and research in disciplines related to energy and sustainability, education, and youth empowerment, environment and climate change, and artificial intelligence.
PMFCFS received more than 100 proposals from multiple countries such as Australia, Brazil, United States, Finland, France, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Read more…

FIRST FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT AWARDEES
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR CO-INVESTIGATOR TITLE OF PROPOSAL
DR. NISREEN AL LAHHAM Dr. Hammou Laamrani, Prof. Mohamed Saleh, Reham Youssef WASTEWATER IN KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA (KSA): A RESOURCE FOR WATER, ENERGY AND FOOD SECURITY IN 2030
MR. ANDREA MINTO   FINANCIAL INNOVATION AND MARKET INTEGRITY: A THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK TO REVOLUTIONISE GOVERNANCE AND REDUCE GLOBAL CORRUPTION
DR. NORFADHILAH MOHAMAD ALI Dr. Nisar Mohhamad Ahmad, Dr. Muhammad Nizam Awang, Sohail Inayatullah and Dr. Hendun Binti Abd Rahman Shah DEVELOPING MODULE FOR ISLAMIC FORESIGHT AS A TOOL FOR SHARED PROSPERITY AND SOCIAL WELL-BEING
MR. VILLE KORPELA Prof. Markku Wilenius RISK SHARING AS A BASIS FOR DESIGNING A SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION FUNDING ECOSYSTEM - STRATEGIC INSIGHTS FROM ISLAMIC FINANCE FOR STRATEGIC ASSET ALLOCATION AND IMPACT INVESTING
DR. PETER BISHOP   THE ASSESSMENT OF FUTURES THINKING
DR. MUATASIM ISMAEEL   THE WAY TOWARD ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS IN GCC COUNTRIES : BACKCASTING SCENARIOS
DR. SEVİNÇ TUNALI   FUTURES OF EDUCATION IN KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
DR. IHAB ABDELSALAM HUSSEIN AMRO   THE USE OF A MACHINE ARBITRATOR AS AN APPLICATION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE MAKING OF ONLINE ARBITRAL AWARDS
DR. NAZEERUDDIN MOHAMMAD Dr. Shahabuddin Muhammad SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS OF FUTURE AUTONOMOUS AND CONNECTED VEHICLES
DR. THOMAS FRANCIS CONNOLLY   THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE DIGITIZED OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY
MR. MUHAMMAD OMAIR BUTT Bilal Khan,
Umer Akram
LOAD VOLTAGE SENSITIVITY-BASED DEMAND RESPONSE CONTROLLER IN DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS
DR. JEVDET REXHEPI   SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT & GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION IN SAUDI ARABIA: A CASE STUDY PERSPECTIVE
DR. PATRICIA MARYBELLE DAVIES Dr. Phil Weir ORP-SANDSTORMS
DR. SADIQ ALI ALHUWAIDI Dr. Tanghid Rashid A COMPACT WIDEBAND NOVEL WEARABLE MICROSTRIP PATCH ANTENNA FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
MS. LINA NADER AL ZAYER   ANTIBIOTICS IN WASTEWATER AND THE INCREASING RISK OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE: A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH WITH A FOCUS ON SAUDI ARABIA.
DR. IVANA MILOJEVIĆ   SUCCESSES AND FAILURES IN MANAGING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE ROLE OF FORESIGHT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
MR. SADIA TARIQ Asif Iftikhar, Puruesh Chaudhary, Dr Khurram Khurshid THE FUTURE OF HUMAN INTELLECT AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)
DR. CHRISTOPHE BISSON Ms. Thierry Warin ALGORITHMIC AND HYBRID APPROACHES FOR AN AUGMENTED FORESIGHT: THE CASE OF NOKIA AL SAUDIA
DR. SUZILAWATI KAMARUDIN Dr. Norizzati Azudin, Haneen Mohammad Shoaib And Dr. Yussra Jamjoom ACCEPTANCE OF AUGMENTED AND VIRTUAL REALITY INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN HIGHER EDUCATIONOF SAUDI ARABIA
DR. GUILLERMINA BAENA PAZ Dr. Sergio Montero Olivares, Hilda Guadalupe Bustamante Rojas, Patricia Giovanna Baena Paz PROPOSAL FOR AN INNOVATION SYSTEM FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF SUSTAINABLE PLANETARY COMMUNITIES IN MEXICO AND LATIN AMERICA.